After falling to the host team at the Weeping Water Holiday Tournament, the East Butler girls basketball team had a battle with Sterling in the consolation game of the A Division on Saturday.
Both teams started slow as the game was tied 13 – 13 at half. The Jets built a five-point lead in the third quarter and expanded it to seven with under two minutes to go in the game. The Tigers came back in the fourth quarter with three pointers by Amanda Aerts, Abby Pierce and Anna Rigatuso.
The Tigers were forced to foul and the Jets’ Malayna Wingert was 7 of 8 from the line in the fourth quarter Winger hit two free throws with 7.7 seconds left to give Sterling the three-point margin of victory.
Wingert led the Jets with 15 points and Carly Wenzel added 12. The Jets shot 36 percent from the field and 65 percent from the free throw line.
“It’s always tough to lose a close game, but the girls played a much improved overall game than the previous day,” East Butler coach Kevin Behne said. “Turnovers were kept to a minimum with only 11 and we did a much better job on the boards with 27 total rebounds.”
The game was decided at the free throw line with Sterling hitting 13 of 20 and East Butler hitting 9 of 13. “Sterling is a much better team than their overall record shows; four of their losses are to pre-season ranked teams,” Behne said.
East Butler was led in scoring by Amanda Aerts with 13 points and Anna Rigatuso with 12 points. Rigatuso also led the Tigers in rebounding with 11. Madison Helman led the team with three assists.
The Tigers host Brownell-Talbot on Friday.
December 29 at Weeping Water
East Butler (4-5) 4 9 7 22 -42
Sterling(4-6) 7 6 12 20 -45
Scoring EB: Aerts 13, Rigatuso 12, Helman 7, Pierce 5
Weeping Water outguns Tigers
The East Butler girls basketball team fell 52-29 to Weeping Water in the opening round of Class A Division in the Weeping Water Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28.
The Tigers struggled in all aspects of the game, shooting only 36 percent from the field and only 33 percent from the free throw line. Turnovers plagued the Tigers from the start of the game as Weeping Water jumped to a 13-2 first quarter lead and led 23-6 at the half. East Butler had a season high 26 turnovers.
East Butler was led in scoring by Anna Rigatuso and Kaitlyn Hain each with 8 points. Abby Pierce and Amanda Aerts led the Tigers in rebounding with six each.
“It’s difficult to get any offensive continuity when we turn the ball over that many times,” East Butler coach Kevin Behne said. “We just looked out of sync the entire first half.”
Payton Barrett led Weeping Water with 16 points and Grace Cave with 10 points.
December 28 at Weeping Water
East Butler 2 4 15 8 -29
At Weeping Water(6-4)13 10 11 18 -52
Scoring – EB: Rigatuso, Hain 8, Aerts, Helman 6.
Weeping Water Holiday Tournament
Girls A Division
Weeping Water 52 East Butler 29
Conestoga 51 Sterling 28
3rd: Sterling 45, East Butler 42
1st: Conestoga 59 Weeping Water 54 OT