S-RC girls fall to Warriors
The Shelby-Rising City girls basketball team held a 5 point lead to start the fourth quarter against Fullerton, but the Warriors outscored the Huskies 14-5 to take the 52-48 win on Jan. 30 at Shelby.
S-RC’s Emily Neujahr led the Huskies with 20 points, including 5 three pointers. Neujahr also recorded five steals and two assists. Senior Sydnie Adams pitched in 13 points.
January 30 at Shelby
Fullerton 9 14 16 14 – 52
S-RC 12 17 14 5 – 48
Scoring – SRC: Neujahr 20, Adams 13, Caraway 5. 3pts: Neujahr 5-10.
Rebounds- SRC: Adams 10, Pokorney 6, Neujahr 4.
Assists- SRC: Caraway 7, Hinkle, Adams, Neujahr 2.
Steals – SRC: Neujahr 5.
Eagles oupace Huskies
The Class D-1 No. 1 Bruning Davenport Shickley Eagles came to town and showed why they deserve their ranking, defeating the Huskies 53-31 at Shelby on Feb. 2.
The Huskies didn’t get to double figures in a quarter until the fourth, after the game had long been decided.
Emily Neujahr led the Huskies with 10 points.
February 2 at Shelby
BDS 18 11 16 8 – 53
S-RC 5 7 7 12 – 31
Scoring- S-RC: Neujahr 10, Pokorney 5, Adams 4, Harrison 3
Rebounds – S-RC: Adams 7, Pokorney 5, Neujahr 4.
Assists – S-RC: Neujahr, Harrison, Pokorney 2.
Steals- S-RC: Neujahr, Pokorney 2
East Butler tops Storm
The East Butler Tigers jumped to a 16-6 lead after a quarter and kept the pressure on High Plains until the end of the 55-34 victory on the court in Brainard.
“I was extremely happy with the girls’ play,” East Butler coach Kevin Behne said. “They played a good defensive game, holding High Plains leading scorer Maddie Young to 12 points and controlling the boards. When the Storm made a run in the early fourth quarter and cut the lead to 12 points, the girls kept their composure and hit some key shots to rebuild the lead. It was a true team effort.”
The Tigers started the game with an 8-0 run sparked by Anna Rigatuso and Kaitlyn Hain hitting three-pointers and Madison Helman driving into the lane for two.
Anna Rigatuso led the Tigers with a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. Amanda Aerts followed with 16 points. The team shot a season high 56 percent from the field. The Tigers outrebounded the Storm 31-20. Abby Pierce had a career high seven assists to lead the Tigers. Kaitlyn Hain led the team with two blocked shots.
February 2 at Brainard
East Butler 16 11 17 11 -55
HP 6 8 11 9 – 34
Scoring – EB: Rigatuso 20, Aerts 16, Helman 6, Hain 5.
Tigers tame the Mustangs
East Butler achieved the rare feat of holding a team to two 3-point quarters as the Tigers picked up a 40-33 road win over McCool Junction on Jan. 30.
The Mustangs and Tigers both started slow with the Tigers holding a 4-2 lead midway through the first quarter. The Tigers opened up a 11-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. McCool Junction had trouble connecting, shooting 9 percent from the field in the first half.
“I was proud of the defensive effort by the girls. The Tigers maintained the lead going into the fourth quarter. McCool then mounted a comeback lead by Hadley Weimer,” said East Butler coach Kevin Behne.
Weimer hit 11 of her team high 14 points in the fourth quarter. As time wound down, the Tigers were forced to the free throw line. The Tigers hit 18 of 20 for the game, including 8 of 9 in the critical fourth quarter.
“The girls came through in the clutch tonight. I warned them at halftime that McCool will make a run and they kept their composure in those closing minutes,” Behne said.
Kaitlyn Hain led the Tigers with 10 points followed by Amanda Aerts with 9 points. Madison Helman led the Tigers with 7 rebounds and Anna Rigatuso and Lexis Haney each had 6 boards.
January 30 at McCool Junction
East Butler (6-12) 11 11 8 10- 40
McCool Jct. (9-9) 3 3 7 20-33
Scoring – EB: Hain 10, Aerts 9, Rigatuso 7, Helman 8, Haney 7.
Rebounds – EB: Helman 7, Rigatuso 6,
Scotus escapes Aquinas flurry
Back-to-back 3-pointers pulled Aquinas even with Class C-1, No. 7 Scotus Central Catholic early in the fourth quarter.
The Shamrocks (14-5) responded with a 10-2 run to distance themselves from the upset-minded Monarchs (9-10) and escape with a 42-36 road victory on Feb. 1 at Aquinas.
“It was not very pretty,” Scotus head coach Jarrod Ridder said.
Both teams sputtered through most of the first half with each turning the ball over three times in the opening minutes. Marika Spencer scored seven straight points to give the Shamrocks a 9-7 lead before the Monarchs knotted the game at 9-all after the opening period.
Aquinas opened a 14-10 lead, its biggest of the game, early in the second quarter. Despite not making a field goal in the second quarter, the Shamrocks managed to work back to a 14-14 tie at the halftime break.
Behind Maggie Feehan, Scotus got its offense in rhythm in the second half, matching its first-half output in both the third and fourth quarters. The senior guard scored all of her game-high 13 points in the second half.
Feehan responded with seven points in the third quarter as Scotus took a 28-24 lead going to the final period. Six more Feehan points in the fourth helped seal the win.
Aquinas hit consecutive 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter, sandwiched around a basket from Scotus’ Bailey Lehr, to knot the game at 30-all.
The Shamrocks controlled the game the rest of the way, holding the Monarchs without a field goal after the two treys.
Scotus won the game at the free-throw line, finishing 20 of 34. Aquinas was 9 of 14.
Lehr and Spencer both added 11 points for the Shamrocks. Breanna Stouffer led Aquinas with 10.
February 1 at Aquinas
Scotus 9 5 14 14 -42
Aquinas 9 5 10 12 – 36
Scoring –A: Stouffer 10, Van. Bohuslavsky 7, Val. Bohuslavsky 6, Kobza 5. 3 pts: Stouffer 2-3.
Rebounds – A: Van. Bohuslavsky 7, Val. Bohuslavsky, Stouffer 4, Kobza 3.
Assists – Val. Bohuslavsky 5.
Crusaders pull away from Monarchs
The Monarchs couldn’t keep pace with a hot shooting Lincoln Christian team on Feb. 3 in Lincoln. The Crusaders pulled away in the second quarter and came out on top 72-40.
Three Crusaders – Emie Hollenbeck, Chloe Dworak and Tessa Chicoine hit double figures. Veronica Kobza led the Monarchs with 10 points, including 2-2 on threes. Aquinas’ 35 percent field goal percentage fell short.
The Crusaders also hit 13 of 17 free throws.
The Monarchs hosted Humphrey St. Francis (19-2) on Tuesday.
February 3 at Lincoln Christian
Aquinas 14 6 9 11 – 40
L. Christian 19 19 16 18 – 72
Scoring – A: Kobza 14, Stouffer 7, Van. Bohuslavsky 6. LC: Dworak 21, E. Hollenbeck 14, Chicoine 12, O. Hollenbeck 9.
Rebounds- A: Stouffer, Krafka, Val. Bohuslavsky 3. LC: E. Hollenbeck 11, O. Hollenbeck 9, Dworak 8.
Assists – A: Van. Bohuslavsky 6, LC: E. Hollenbeck 11.