Jan. 14: 65-32 Win over Le Sueur-Henderson
The Tigers traveled to take on the Le Sueur-Henderson Giants and came home on Tuesday, Jan. 14, with a dominant conference win.
Coming out firing on all cylinders, the Tigers blasted their way to a 41-17 lead in the first half, putting them comfortably ahead on their way to the locker room.
The second half gave the Giants slightly more respite, but the Tigers’ lead was too much to overcome, and Belle Plaine sailed to a 65-32 Minnesota River Conference win.
Nine Tigers contributed to scoring efforts, with Leah Lenz leading the way with 17 points.
Jan. 16: 63-27 Win over Bethlehem Academy
Bethlehem Academy gave the Tigers little drama on the road. Taking a 45-15 first-half lead, the Tigers all but secured a win.
The Tigers then outscored Bethlehem Academy 18-12 in the second half en route to a 63-27 final score.
Ten steals from the Tigers contribued to the victory. Lauren Johnson led scoring efforts with 14 points.
Jan. 20: 62-55 Win over Waterville-Elysian-Morristown
Rebounds and patience proved to be key in Belle Plaine’s narrow victory over the previously undefeated Waterville-Elysian Morristown Buccaneers.
Early into the contest, Tiger Leah Lenz made her will known by securing a couple of momentum-maintaining rebounds that amounted to Tiger buckets.
Belle Plaine began pulling away after Leah Lenz scored on back-to-back drives. A 3-pointer from the sophomore put Belle Plaine up 19-10 over WEM who entered the contest with a 15-0 record.
Sticky Belle Plaine defense allowed the Tigers to make their way to a 30-19 lead at the end of the first half.
But the Bucs were not willing to go down without a fight and came out in the second half with a 10-0 run to get within a point of the Tigers at 30-29.
Belle Plaine clawed back to a 52-44 lead after Sarah Lenz mounted a quick steal down the stretch.
The Bucs got the better of the Tigers on several key rebounds and stormed to a 52-51 deficit with 1:32 on the clock. Multiple key stops and big free throws allowed Belle Plaine to creep ahead. A big steal and coastal bucket from Belle Plaine senior Jaylen Struck-Schmitz clinched the contest for the Tigers as they led 58-52 with 33 seconds on the clock. Four additional double bonus free throws for the Tigers gave them a little more breathing room to end the contest 62-55.
“I was proud of the way the girls kept holding off the runs that WEM made at us,” Belle Plaine head coach Mindy Chevalier said. “We got some huge stops on D and made some great plays on O. FTs down the stretch were key.”
BPHS Girls Basketball Team Schedule / Results
Nov. 23: Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 54, BP 53
Dec. 3: Southwest Christian 61, BP 71
Dec. 5: Lester Prairie/ Holy Trinity 53, BP 71
Dec. 7: Norwood Young America 39, BP 66
Dec. 12: Mayer Lutheran 59, BP 67
Dec. 13-14: Maple River Tournament - Blue Earth Area 30, BP 65 / St. Clair 51, BP 63
Dec. 17: Jordan 43, BP 45
Dec. 20: Sibley East 38, BP 56
Jan. 3: Maple River 31, BP 62
Jan. 6: Glencoe-Silver Lake 50, BP 64
Jan. 9: Tri-City United 55, BP 76
Jan. 14: Le Sueur-Henderson 32, BP 65
Jan. 16: Bethlehem Academy 27, BP 63
Jan. 20: Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 55, BP 62
Jan. 23: 7:30 p.m. vs. Norwood Young America
Jan. 27: 7:30 p.m. vs. St. Peter
Jan. 28: 7:30 p.m. @ Mayer Lutheran
Jan. 31: 7:30 p.m. @ Jordan
Feb. 3: 7:30 p.m. @ New Ulm
Feb. 6: 7:30 p.m. vs. Sibley East
Feb. 11: 7:30 p.m. @ Tri-City United
Feb. 13: 7:30 p.m. @ Waseca
Feb. 14: 7:30 p.m. vs. Le Sueur-Henderson
Feb. 18: 7:30 p.m. vs. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop
Minnesota River Conference Standings
Belle Plaine 7 0
Mayer Lutheran 6 2
Jordan 5 2
Southwest Christian 4 3
NYA Central 3 4
Tri-City United 3 5
Sibley East 1 6
LeSueur-Henderson 0 7