Lady Tigers claim Highway 28 bragging rights over Dixon, end 2021 on winning note

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 12/29/21

End 2021 on a positive note.

That was the goal last Tuesday night for Evin Farris’ Belle Lady Tigers in a Highway 28 hardwood showdown against Dixon’s Lady Bulldogs in eastern Maries …

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Lady Tigers claim Highway 28 bragging rights over Dixon, end 2021 on winning note

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End 2021 on a positive note.

That was the goal last Tuesday night for Evin Farris’ Belle Lady Tigers in a Highway 28 hardwood showdown against Dixon’s Lady Bulldogs in eastern Maries County.

Trailing 9-4 after one quarter, Belle turned the offense up a notch on their home floor outscoring Dixon 44-19 the rest of the game helping them snap a seven-game losing streak following a 48-28 victory over the visitors from Pulaski County.

Morgan Willis’ four first-quarter points for Belle spoiled Dixon’s bid for a shutout in the first eight minutes of basketball from Belle High School.

Winning the second quarter 16-10, the host Lady Tigers went into halftime nursing a 20-19 lead.

Three different Belle players found the scoring column in the second quarter led by seven points from Hali Naber followed closely by Natalie Gehlert with six points.

Lauren Prigge also added a 3-pointer before the end of the first half.

After both teams combined for 36 points in the second quarter, that number dropped off drastically starting the second half.

Outscoring Dixon 8-3, Belle found themselves eight minutes away from their first victory in over a month leading the Bulldogs 28-22 after three quarters.

Gehlert (5) and Naber (3) combined to account for Belle’s third-quarter points.

Holding the Lady Bulldogs once again to single digits in the fourth quarter, Belle nearly doubled their point total through three quarters scoring 20 points in the final eight minutes of their first win since prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Naber led three Lady Tigers in double figures scoring a game-high 18 points.

She was followed in double digits by Gehlert with 13 points and Willis who scored seven of her 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Prigge rounded out the scoring for Belle against Dixon with a pair of 3-pointers for six points.

Kinsley Lipscomb led Dixon with a team-high 10 points netting eight of them in the second quarter.

Reese Santos nearly made it two Lady Bulldogs in double figures finishing with eight points.

Entering 2022 with a 2-8 record, Farris’ Lady Tigers will open the new year competing in the Battle in Bourbon Girls Basketball Tournament.

Belle will open their portion of the tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m., against Grandview’s Lady Eagles.

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