BELT – Belt coach Jeff Graham is one of the best all-around coaches in Montana. His Belt girls basketball squad took the Class C state title last year and has played on Saturday night at the state tournament an astonishing 10 consecutive seasons.
This year’s Huskies are off to another great start for another possible title run. The team has key pieces from last year’s championship team back. Upperclassmen like Adrian Malek, Ryan Schraner, Morgan Cooper, Bri Wall and Dani Urick have set great examples for the younger players to follow.
The Huskies have already avenged last season’s only loss, defeating Malta in the Coyote Classic a few weeks ago. Even more eye-opening is that the team is coming off of a 65-3 blowout win against a young Centerville team in which Belt didn’t allow a single field goal.
“It’s really nice, especially me being a sophomore, that I have those leaders that show me how to do this,” said Shelby Paulson. “It’s kind of nice having that helping hand guiding with you the whole time.”
“They’ve been there, they’re battle-tested, we’re experienced. These sophomores are coming along,” said Graham. “By the end of the year they’ll be experienced like juniors. Ryan (Schraner) and Bri (Wall) played really well (against Winnett-Grass Range), Adrian (Malek) and Dani (Urick) are seniors, Morgan’s been playing really well as a junior, so I’m really happy with them.”