Basketball Belles’ season includes state tournament appearance

For the first time in three years, the Basketball Belles enjoyed postseason play. The team’s impressive 16-point win over the Central Tigers in their final regular season game of the year on February 28 earned them sixth place in the 6A Central conference and a trip to the State Basketball Tournament in Bryant.


The no. 6 seed Belles were matched against no. 3 seed Har-Ber in the first round of the tournament on March 4. Though the game remained close up until its final minute, the team ultimately lost 43-37 to the Lady Wildcats, thus ending the Basketball Belles’ nearly four-month long season.


“I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” MSM theology teacher and head coach Lauren Lawrence said. “Their attitudes and effort have been such a huge part of this year’s success.”


Coach Lawrence also praised the leadership of team captains Catherine Althoff ’20 and Kaitlin Tarini ’20. “We’ve also had two of the best senior leaders that helped shape this team into what it was and made this program better by being a part of it,” she said.


In addition to their appearance in this year’s 6A State Basketball Tournament, a highlight of the season was winning the consolation bracket of the Spa City Shootout in Hot Springs in December.


Congratulations Basketball Belles!


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