Tigers seal win at free throw line
The Tigers evened their season record at 2-2 with a 53-41 victory over the visiting Osceola Bulldogs.
Osceola came out with a hot shooting first quarter to take a 15-10 lead. Ginni Johansen scorched the nets in the first half, hitting 4 of 6 three-pointers and the Bulldogs built their lead to ten points midway through the second quarter. The Tigers then staged a rally in the last two minutes before half, closing the 10-point deficit and taking a one point lead 27-26 into the locker room.
“I was proud of the way the girls came back in the late second quarter,” said Tigers coach Kevin Behne. “We didn’t seem to have an answer for Johansen’s shooting but the girls didn’t quit. All of our players hit key shots during that comeback before half. They didn’t hesitate when they had the open shot and that’s a good sign for the future.”
In a back-and-forth third quarter, the Tigers built a five-point lead going into the fourth. Osceola rallied to tie the score with five minutes to go, but the Tigers responded and rebuilt the five-point lead. The Bulldogs were forced to foul and the Tigers hit their free throws to put the game out of reach. The Tigers were 9 of 12 from the line in the last three minutes, and they were 14 of 20 - 70 percent for the game.
“This was by far out best 'team' game of the season,” Behne said. “Everyone contributed and hit key shots, free throws or brought down a rebound when we needed it. It was a very physical game and the girls responded well in their first half comeback and in responding to the pressure of a tight game in the fourth quarter. We’re a young team and I was extremely pleased to see the girls withstand the pressure.”
The Tigers enjoyed their most balanced scoring in a long time, the coach said.
Anna Rigatuso led East Butler with 15 points. Amanda Aerts and Madison Helman both chipped in 10, followed by Abby Pierce with 9 and Lexis Haney with 7. Rigatuso led the team with 12 rebounds followed by Aerts and Haney with 8 rebounds apiece. Helman led the Tigers with 4 steals. The Tigers won the battle of the boards 36 to 26. Senior Ginni Johansen led the Bulldogs with 17 points.
December 7 at Brainard
East Butler 10 17 8 18- 53 Record 2-2
Osceola 15 11 4 11 -41
Scoring – EB: Rigatuso 15, Aerts, Helman 10, Pierce 9, Haney 7
Rebounds – Rigatuso 12, Aerts, Haney 8, Helman 6.
Timberwolves pull away from Tigers
Exeter-Milligan, pre-season ranked No. 1 in Class D2, broke open a close game with a 14-6 run in the third quarter to defeat East Butler 51-28 at Exeter Dec. 5.
The Timberwolves took a 27-17 lead into the half and took control of the game with their three-point shooting. E-M hit 8 of 22 long range attempts for 36 points. Kate Jansky did the most damage with 4/7 shooting from beyond the arc.
“I was happy with our performance in the first half,” Tigers coach Kevin Behne said. “We attempted to control the tempo of the game and hit some key shots to stay with Exeter-Milligan. I was most concerned with Exeter-Milligan’s full court pressure. With their experience, height and quickness, they have a dangerous full court press that can take a team out of the game within the first few minutes. I was extremely pleased with how our girls handled their pressure in the first half. Their pressure wore us down in the second half and we did end with a season high 24 turnovers for the game.”
The Tigers had to focus on E-M’s inside game, double teaming Tara Mueller and holding her to three points.
“But when you double up on the inside, you play the odds, knowing that someone else is wide open,” Behne said. “ The Timberwolves were able to find the open player and made us pay with their three-point shooting.”
Madison Helman led the Tigers with 9 points followed by Amanda Aerts with 7 points. Anna Rigatuso led the rebounding stats with 12 boards followed by Helman with 9 rebounds. Abby Pierce and Anna Rigatuso led the Tigers with three steals each.
December 5 at Exeter-Milligan
East Butler 8 9 6 4 – 28
E-M 18 9 14 8 – 51
Scoring – EB: Helman 9, Pierce, Aerts 7
E-M: Jansky 16, Beethe 9, Bigelow, Sluka, White 7
Rebounds – EB: Rigatuso 12, Helman 9, Pierce 5
E-M: Mueller 10, Jansky 7, Sluka 4, Bigelow, White 3
Huskies cold against Hornets
SHELBY — Class D-2, No. 2 Giltner shut down Shelby-Rising City on Friday night.
The Hornets (3-1) held the Huskies’ leading scorer Sydnie Adams to just three points on 1-for-7 shooting in a 36-20 road victory. Shelby-Rising City shot 6 for 30 (20 percent) as a team.
Giltner, which had three players score six points each, led 21-13 at halftime before limiting the Huskies to seven points in the second half.
Emily Neujahr paced the S-RC offense with seven points, and Adams led the team with six rebounds, three steals, three blocks and two assists.
December 8 at Shelby
Giltner 9 12 5 10 – 36
SRC 5 8 2 5 – 20
Scoring – S-RC: Neujahr 7, R. Ingalls 4, Adams, Hopwood 3
Giltner: Good, Janzen, Tompkin 6, Greathouse, Leichty 5, Craig 3
Rebounds – S-RC: Adams 6, Caraway, Ingalls, Neujahr 3, Pokorney, Hopwood 2
Blocks- S-RC: Adams 3
Bulldogs run away from Huskies
The Huskies kept up with Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family for a quarter before the Bulldogs took over in a big way. Sydnie Adams led the Huskies with 11 points.
After trailing 14-12 at the end of a quarter, the Huskies couldn’t keep up with the Bulldog offense, which put up a 16-5 second frame and led 30-17 at the half.
S-RC slowed the Bulldog shooters in the third quarter but Husky shooters also went cold. HLHF poured in 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Shelby-Rising City (1-3) played Tuesday at Heartland, (2-1). S-RC is on the road Friday at McCool Junction (3-1) and visits High Plains (0-3) on Dec. 19.
December 9 at Humphrey
S-RC: 12 5 1 7 -25
HLHF 14 16 7 15 – 52
Scoring – S-RC: Adams 11, Neujahr 6, Caraway, Ingalls, M. Hopwood, J. Hopwood 2
Rebounds – S-RC: Adams 11, Pokorney 6,
Blocks – S-RC: Adams 2
Panthers too much for Scouts
Fillmore Central led from the tipoff, defeating David City 69-41 on Saturday at Geneva.
Chaqouya Givins led the Scouts with 16 points. Lauren Vandenberg scored 10 points, and Macy Svoboda added 7.
The Scouts hosted Clarkson-Leigh (3-2) on Tuesday and host Schuyler on Friday. - Lincoln Journal Star
December 9 at Geneva
Fillmore Central 11 24 12 22 -- 69
David City 6 13 10 12 -- 41
Scoring - FC: Jacobson 2, Schelkopf 13, Birky 2, Monteforte 2, Ab. Schmidt 4, Smith 2, Broman 4, Scott 30, Chapman 6, Ervik 2, Al. Schmidt 2.
DC: Svoboda 7, Couch 2, Andel 3, Hoeft 2, Knopp 1, Vandenberg 10, Givens 16.