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Belgreen waltzes to fifth-straight area title

The Belgreen Bulldogs had no problems winning the Class 1A, Area 14 tournament this past week, dispatching Phillips with relative ease 72-29.

The Bulldogs, winners of fivestraight area titles, earned the right to host Class 1A, Area 16 runnerup Covenant Christian in the subregion Wednesday at 6pm.

“You never want to take winning for granted,” said Belgreen Coach Marty Cooper. “Our kids appreciate every win and any kind of championship you can win in a year like this has been. It has been an incredible year for everyone to endure.”

Fifth-ranked Belgreen (22-2) led Phillips 15-6 at the end of the first quarter, but the Bulldogs put the game away in the second quarter.

Collin Bonner scored 17 points to help Belgreen outscore Phillips 28-5 in the second quarter and take a 43-11 halftime lead. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 62-22 by the end of the third quarter.

Bonner led the Bulldogs with 25 points. Will Bonner followed with 11 points. Isac Willingham finished the games with eight points; Canaan Stough had seven points; Alex Betts got six points; and Jordan Wright had four points. Will Donahoe and Austin James scored three points each. Scout Bragwell and Hadden Taylor added two points each. Carson Cox scored one point.