Renée Backstrom

David City senior Renée Backstrom handles the ball in the lane past a Wilber-Clatonia defender en route to the hoop in second-quarter action during Friday night’s game between the Scouts and the Wolverines at Wilber. 

BJ Fictum

David City tops Wolverines

The Scouts took care of business in the regular season finale at Wilber-Clatonia, defeating the Wolverines 52-33 on Feb. 9 at Wilber.

“This was a very workman-like effort,” David City coach Nathan Wall said. “We just went to work from the opening tip off. Grinded it out and let our press and defense just wear on them, which it did. Luckily, we were in a position that we could pull the ball out with 4:20 to go in the game, shorten up the game and finish it off. Just a very business like effort for us tonight.”

The Scouts bolted ahead with a 16-7 second quarter, then followed with a 12-6 advantage in the third.

Senior Chaquoya Givens led the Scouts with 18 points, including a 6-12 free throw performance. Olivia Couch added 12 points and Renee Backstrom totaled 11 – with three treys.

Finishing the regular season 6-15, the Scouts played Columbus Lakeview on Monday night in the C1-7 Subdistrict at Columbus High School. 

February 9 at Wilber

DC 13 16 12 11 – 52

W-C 10 7 6 10 – 33

Scoring – DC: Givens 18, O. Couch 12, Backstrom 11, Svoboda 6.

Tigers pull away from Cougars

East Butler bounced back from a second quarter slump for a dominant second half to defeat Cross County 45-35 at Brainard on Feb. 6.

East Butler coach Kevin Behne said it was a game of spurts.

Cross County jumped to an early 20 -10 lead midway through the second quarter. The Tigers then made a run before half to close the gap to 21-16. East Butler closed the gap in the third quarter when Amanda Aerts hit a three pointer as time expired and the Cougars led 32-29 going into the final eight minutes.

“This was a quality win for the girls. We had another total team effort as everyone contributed and continued to battle, even when we fell behind in the first half,” Behne said. “The girls really worked hard on the defensive end of the court to contain the taller Cougars and their perimeter shooters.

Both teams struggled to score in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter but East Butler tied the game at 32-32 at the 5:53 mark. The Tigers took a 38-35 lead at the 2:38 mark and held the Cougars scoreless the rest of the game. The Cougars were forced to foul and Rigatuso (4/4) and Hain (6-8) hit clutch free throws to finish the game.

The Tigers had three players in double figures. Madison Helman led with 16 points followed by Anna Rigatuso with 11 and Kaitlyn Hain with 10.

Anna Rigatuso led the Tigers with 17 rebounds for the night. Abby Pierce led the Tigers with 3 assists.

The Cougars were led by senior Lexi Eller who was 4 of 8 from three-point for 12 points

February 6 at Brainard

East Butler (8-12) 10 6 13 16 -45 

Cross County(11-10) 13 8 11 3 -35 

Scoring – EB: Helman 16, Rigatuso 11, Hain 10, Aerts 6.

Huskies throttle Bulldogs

The Osceola Bulldogs couldn’t get overcome the single digit point funk of the first half, but the Shelby-Rising City girls did, winning 45-19 on Feb. 9 at Osceola.

Both teams struggled in the first half, with the Huskies leading 10-8 at the half. The second half was all S-RC, with the visitors prevailing 35-11.

Cassie Caraway, shooting 2-3 on treys, led the Huskies with 11 points; Sydnie Adams and Kamryn Pokorney each added 9, while Emily Neujahr pitched in 8.

Adams led in rebounds with 7, and Kamryn Pokorney grabbed 6.

February 9 at Osceola

S-RC 3 7 18 17 – 45

Osceola O 8 0 4 7 -19

Scoring – S-RC: Caraway 11, Adams, Pokorney 9, Neujahr 8

Rebounds –S-RC: Adams 7, Pokorney 6, Ingalls 5, Neujahr 4. Assists – S-RC: Adams, Neujahr 3, Caraway 2,

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