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East Butler girls split a pair

East Butler girls split a pair

East Butler Tigers

East Butler girls basketball extended its winning streak to three games on Jan. 9 before having it broken just one day later. 

The Tigers (6-5) defeated College View Academy (5-4) 61-24 and lost to C-2 No. 10 Clarkson/Leigh (10-3) 63-41. 

Senior Amanda Aerts went off for 21 points against College View knocking down 10 of 13 shots. 

"We had a great team effort against College View," head coach James Kriz said. "We were able to put on a lot of pressure and force a lot of turnovers that we turned into easy points." 

Aerts and Olivia Bohac both had five steals, and as a team, East Butler had 17 assists on 24 made buckets.  

Carynn Bongers lead in rebounding with seven.

The following night, Clarkson/Leigh took the lead early and never looked back leading 24-9 after the first quarter. East Butler committed 11 turnover in the just the first eight minutes. 

Aerts scored a team-high 15 points including three 3-pointers. Lanae Aerts led with six rebounds. 

"I knew this would a tough matchup coming in," Kriz said. "(Clarkson/Leigh head coach) Matt Murren always has a tough, physical team, and they have lots of height. The Patriots were hot from the floor in the first quarter as well.

"We buckled down defensively and started hitting some shots and had it down to 30-21 at half. My girls played very tough defensively for 32 minutes, it just wan’t enough to overcome our turnovers and cold shooting. "

East Butler finished with 28 turnovers and were 7 of 20 from the charity stripe. 

"Never happy with a loss, but our defensive effort and toughness to never give up showed me that we’re ready for the stretch run here in conference play and conference tournament," Kriz said. 

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at 


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