The Navasota Rattlers proved to be the thorn in the side of the Bellville Brahmas boys’ basketball team, handing the red and white their only two losses within District 26-4A entering this week of play.
Bellville made the trip to Navasota for the early-week matchup last week and fell by a 55-38 score for the Rattlers to retain the No. 1 seed in district. After the Brahmas’ loss to Navasota on Jan. 17 to open district play, Bellville went on to beat the rest of its district opponents and started off on a similar trend late last week.
The Brahmas hosted the Giddings Buffalos and grinded out a three-point win after trailing 13-6 after the first quarter. Bellville did most of its damage in the second half, outscoring the Buffalos 17-7 to take a 30-27 decision to improve to 5-2 in the group.
Senior Kyler Froebel led the Brahma scorers with eight points, making 2-of-3 three-point shots, and had sophomore Robert Briggs hot on his heels, finishing with seven points. Senior classmates Conner Poppe and Blake Bills each contributed five points to the winning efforts with time running down for them to suit up in Bellville colors.
Both of the Brahmas’ contests this week are on the road, first in Caldwell then La Grange, before the final home game and season finale goes down at Bellville High School next Tuesday evening against the Smithville Tigers.
The Brahmanettes, on the other hand, played their final regular-season game earlier this week at Caldwell’s place. The Bellville girls had only registered one win in district play entering that contest, leaving them outside of the playoff picture.
Head coach Shane Walker will get to work with the group of returners in the offseason to build on the positives of this year and leave the negatives in the past. The Brahmanettes’ game at the end of last week was an example of positives and negatives coming in tandem when visiting Bellville held a 14-4 lead over the Giddings Buffalos at halftime.
The hosts responded with a 23-point third quarter to secure a win by a 40-24 final score to grab their fourth district win, locking in a playoff spot. The Brahmanettes were led in the scoring category by sophomore Nellie Schiel (7 points) and senior Kearstin Carter (6 points).
Emma Adams, Kaylin Krebs, Bryanna Richardson, Kathryn Ucci and Carter all played their final game for Bellville earlier this week and will receive their diplomas at the end of the school year. Freshman Sydney Howard, sophomores Taytum Poppe, Skyler Morris and Schiel as well as juniors Shanelle Bradley and Sarah Hart will all be vying to reclaim their varsity roster spot next year to help the Brahmanettes and Coach Walker return to the postseason.