Belle’s Tigers tame Calvary Lutheran

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 1/11/23

There’s no place like home.

That old adage proved true Friday night when John Viehland’s Belle Tigers hosted Calvary Lutheran’s Lions in the first home game at Belle High School …

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Belle’s Tigers tame Calvary Lutheran

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There’s no place like home.

That old adage proved true Friday night when John Viehland’s Belle Tigers hosted Calvary Lutheran’s Lions in the first home game at Belle High School since prior to Thanksgiving.

Nursing a 15-13 lead after one quarter, Belle took a 31-23 halftime lead against the visiting Lions before holding on for a 55-49 victory over the visitors from Jefferson City.

Kaiden Robertson helped Belle to their aforementioned first-quarter lead scoring seven of Belle’s 15 points during the first eight minutes.

Edging the Lions 16-10 in the second quarter, the host Tigers nearly went into halftime with a double-digit lead.

Robertson led the Tigers with nine first-half points while Kyle Hagemeyer showed the way for the Lions with a game-high 15 first-half points.

Narrowly winning the third-quarter 12-11, Belle entered the final eight minutes with a 43-34 lead behind six points from Baylar Smith.

In spite of the Lions winning the fourth quarter 15-12, the host Tigers held on for their second home win of the season in as many games.

Robertson led the way for the Tigers scoring nine of his team-high 14 points in the first half.

Cole Loughridge also reached double figures for the Tigers scoring eight of his 10 points in the first half.

Smith netted all eight of his points in the second half to go along with seven points apiece from Brayden Cadwallader and Logan Stratman.

Sam Willis scored four of his five points  while Myles Butler and Hank Stratman added two points each rounding out Belle’s scoring.

Hagemeyer led the Lions with a game-high 25 points.

Brett Butler’s JV Tigers turned a 35-16 halftime lead into a 59-30 victory over Calvary Lutheran’s JV Lions.

Drilling five 3-pointers, Luke Rohrer led Belle and all scorers with 19 points.

Hank Stratman also reached double digits scoring 12 of his 14 points for the JV Tigers in the first half.

Jon Valley nearly made it three JV Tigers in double figures finishing with nine points.

Lukas Smith scored all seven of his points in the first half followed by four points each from Garrett Gehlert and Tyler Litton.

Alec Elrod rounded out Belle’s scoring in JV action with a third-quarter bucket for two points.

Last Tuesday along Highway 42 in Iberia, Butler’s JV Tigers defeated the host Rangers 60-36 while Viehland’s varsity Tigers suffered an 81-60 setback.

Hank Stratman led the JV Tigers with 16 points followed by 13 markers from Elrod.

Rohrer and Valley added eight points each for the JV Tigers.

Baylar Smith (19) and Robertson (14) reached double digits for Belle at Iberia.

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