BELMONT — Kaleen McGettigan’s Belmont Braves turned in their most complete defensive effort of the season in a dominating 49-17 victory over Highland on Thursday, Jan. 10.
After taking a slight 6-4 lead in first quarter, Belmont (6-5, 2-1 Six Rivers West) grabbed control with a 13-0 run to start second quarter.
The double-digit run was bookended by 3-pointers from sophomores Katelyn Schobert and Keegan Kamps, who scored the last eight points of rally for Belmont.
A two-point basket by Highland’s Shyann Dailey with three seconds left in the half was the only Cardinal points in the quarter.
“This was the most complete game that our team has played,” said McGettigan. “We put together four quarters of solid team defense and we converted on offense. We also had numerous kids contributing. The youth of this team is really coming together and it’s great to see. If we keep improving like we have been, we have a chance to win each game we play.”
Belmont extended its lead to 27-7 midway through third quarter, then opened the fourth with a 10-2 run to grab a commanding 39-12 advantage.
Keegan Kamps continued her fantastic sophomore season finishing with a game-high 18 points, four rebounds, nine steals and two assists.
Kamps is currently leading the Six Rivers West in scoring at 17.2 points per game.
Freshman Alie Klein added 13 points and junior Jordyn Kamps had two points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Belmont has upcoming games at Potosi on Friday, Jan. 18, and at home against Boscobel on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Belmont 49, Highland 17
Highland… 4 2 4 7 – 17
Belmont…. 6 13 10 20 – 49
Highland – Drury 2, Rose 5, Yager 3, Laufenberg 3, Gies 2, Dailey 2. Totals – 7 2-6 17.
Belmont – Brianna Riechers 2, Katelyn Schobert 6, Keegan Kamps 18, Jannie deHaan 4, Alie Klein 13, Kalyn Kamps 4, Jordyn Kamps 2. Totals – 21 5-12 49.
3-point goals – H 1 (Laufenberg 1), B 2 (Ke. Kamps 1, Schobert 1). Total fouls – H 10, B 10.