By Kayla Whitmyer
The Bellevue girls varsity basketball team lost to a tough Calhoun Christian team 58-39 on Feb. 24. But the night was about much more than wins and losses, as Bellevue was celebrating their five seniors. Senior captain Morgan Messenger injured her knee earlier this year, ending her senior season. Thanks to the generosity and sportsmanship of Calhoun Christian, she was able to suit up, start the game and score her last bucket on her home floor. A timeout was called for substitution, putting a bow on her Bellevue career at 1,035 points — or so everyone thought.
As the clock was about the expire in the fourth quarter, Morgan was subbed into the game for the final seconds to pay tribute to the seniors. In true Morgan fashion, she spotted up and pulled the trigger on a 3-pointer right next to the Bronco bench. Needless to say, she has officially finished with 1,038 points.
Bellevue may have racked up a loss, but both teams left as winners tonight. It was a sight to see and one for the books. The Broncos cannot thank Calhoun Christian enough for their class act.
The Broncos had a widespread scoring affair, led by Aneesah Qahwash and Taylor Andrews, with 7 points each. Cylee Hughes chipped in 6 points and 8 rebounds. Alex Williams played fierce with tenacious defense and aggressive offense. And, of course, Morgan Messenger finished with 5 points and a rebound.
The next night, Feb. 25, Bellevue lost a close game to Maple Valley, 39-31. The Broncos battled each quarter and ended up falling short despite a valiant effort. All Broncos gave full effort and worked together to keep clawing back from the deficit.
The Broncos were led by sophomore Marissa Powell with 11 points. Morgan Keson added 7 points, and Cylee Hughes snagged 9 rebounds and had 2 blocks.
With the loss to Maple Valley, the Broncos fell to 8-10 overall and 8-8 in the SCAA. Their final regular season game was set for Thursday, Feb. 27, at Athens, with results too late for this newspaper’s deadline.
Photo by Candy Marie Photography
The Bellevue girls varsity basketball team celebrated Senior Night on Feb. 24.