Women's basketball signs two Montana prep stars

UMW News Bureau

University of Montana Western women’s basketball coach Cara Cocchiarella announced the signing today of Brittany Belker of Frenchtown, Mont. and Danni Johnson of Deer Lodge, Mont. to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent. By Wally Feldt University of Montana Western women’s basketball coach Cara Cocchiarella announced the signing today of Brittany Belker of Frenchtown, Mont. and Danni Johnson of Deer Lodge, Mont. to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent. Belker, a 5-foot-11 forward/post, averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game and earned all-conference and all-state honors in Frenchtown. She led the conference in rebounding and was second in scoring. “Brittany has an excellent work ethic and is a very strong player,” Cocchiarella said. “She is a great athlete with the potential to become an impact player at our level.” Belker also competed in track and cross country. She has a black belt in karate and competes in distance races up to a half marathon and in triathlons. Belker will graduate this spring from Frenchtown High School and will major in health and human performance. She is the daughter of Eric and Ginger Belker. Johnson, a 5-foot-8 guard, is a four-time all-conference selection and two-time all-state selection in basketball. In her senior season, she averaged 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists per game. For her career, she averaged 13 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists per game. Johnson was selected to play in the Southwest Montana All-Star Classic and the Treasure State Classic. She was also selected to the Class B state all-tournament team. “I coached against Danni for two years and have always respected her as a player and a person,” Cocchiarella added. “She is a very good athlete whose competitive nature and attitude will contribute to the growth of our program. She excels not only on the basketball court but in the classroom as well.” Johnson also earned all-conference and all-state honors in volleyball and all-conference honors in track. She maintains a 3.5 GPA, was selected to her school’s honor roll, and received academic all-state honors in all sports she was involved in. Johnson, the daughter of Sharon and Jerry Johnson, will graduate this spring from Powell County High School.