Belle Tiger freshmen open 2022 with road victory at New Haven

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 1/5/22

While their varsity counterparts have to wait until mid-January to open the 2022 portion of their season, Belle’s freshmen Tigers got to hit the hardwood Monday night on the road in Franklin …

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Belle Tiger freshmen open 2022 with road victory at New Haven

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While their varsity counterparts have to wait until mid-January to open the 2022 portion of their season, Belle’s freshmen Tigers got to hit the hardwood Monday night on the road in Franklin County against New Haven’s Shamrocks to open a new year of basketball.

Building up a 24-11 halftime lead, Jacob Walton’s young Tigers outscored New Haven 21-6 in the third quarter to pull away for an eventual 53-22 victory over the host Shamrocks.

Taking a 14-8 lead after seven minutes of basketball, Belle was led with four points each from Tyler Litton, Glayden Woodruff and Lukas Smith. Jon Valley also added two first-quarter points for the Tigers.

Outscoring New Haven 10-3 to close the first half, Belle went into halftime with a double-digit lead against the host Shamrocks.

Woodruff led the Tigers with six second-quarter points giving him 10 markers for the first half.

Valley and Smith each chipped in two points rounding out the Belle scoring in the second quarter from New Haven.

Nearly doubling their point total to open the second half, Belle blitzed the host Shamrocks 21-6 in the third quarter giving them a 45-17 lead going into the final seven minutes of basketball from along Highway 100.

Woodruff doubled his first-half point total with 10 third-quarter points followed by seven from Valley and four from Smith.

Edging New Haven 8-5 in the fourth quarter, Belle opened the 2022 portion of their season on a winning note.

It was deuces wild for Woodruff as he led the Tigers and all scorers with a game-high 22 points.

Valley also reached double figures for Belle with 17 points in addition to Smith making it a trio of Tigers in double digits with 10 points.

Litton’s four first-quarter points rounded out the scoring for Belle’s freshmen against New Haven.

Next up for Belle’s freshmen will be a Highway 28 showdown Monday night at home against Owensville’s Dutchmen with a 5 p.m., tipoff at Belle High School.

Belle’s junior varsity and varsity Tigers will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 14 on the road in Pulaski County against Richland’s Bears. 

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