by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It has been awhile since the Belle Plaine boys last played a home sub-state basketball game.
Second year head coach Joe Newman was thinking it has been at least since 2006, when a Belle Plaine team ended up being state runner-up in Class 3A.
So Tuesday was a party of sorts, as Belle Plaine, top seed in the Fredonia sub-state battled the eighth seed Eureka team, in front of a raucous home town crowd. The evening was a success as the Dragons won 67-47.
Led by Bo Gooch, who scored 23 points for the game, Belle Plaine dominated Eureka all four quarters. Belle Plaine opened with a 15-4 lead and held a 32-18 advantage at the half. Belle Plaine would outscore its opponent 18-13 and 16-15 the third and fourth quarter for the win.
Next up: Douglass in Fredonia on Friday at 6 p.m.
“It was a good win tonight, I knew they would be better than what their record would indicate,” Newman said about the 3-16 Eureka team. “They had a couple of good guards, who could shoot the ball.”