The East Butler girls basketball team started the season coming out of the blocks strong against Cedar Bluffs and suffering a setback to D1 No. 2 Bruning-Davenport-Shickley.
The Tigers went to Cedar Bluffs and handled the Wildcasts.
East Butler was led in scoring by Amanda Aerts with a career high 17 points. The Tigers had balanced scoring as Madison Helman followed with a career high 14 points. Anna Rigatuso had 13 points and led the team in rebounding with 6 boards.
East Butler had a 19-15 lead at half as both teams had trouble finding a shooting touch. The Wildcats made a run at the Tigers, outscoring East Butler 6-0 at the start of the third quarter and took a two-point lead. The teams traded baskets until Anna Rigatuso hit a three pointer to put East Butler up 25-24. The Tigers built the lead to nine and maintained the lead into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers outrebounded the Wildcats 24-16.
“I was pleased with our shooting percentage for the first game of the season (17/52 – 33 percent) and especially happy with hitting 67 percent of our free throws,” said East Butler coach Kevin Behne. “There were the typical first game jitters as the Tigers had three new starters on the floor.”
East Butler’s roster has only 12 players, and an injury to a starter reduced the number to 11.
“We had one day to adjust the lineup and the girls did well,” Behne said. “We had our share of unforced turnovers but that is normal for a first game with players facing the pressure of their first varsity competition. I was proud of the girls and how they reacted when Cedar Bluffs took the lead early in the third quarter.”
Nevaeh Patyk led Cedar Bluffs with 12 points and Cassie Feenstra added 11.
BDS 47, East Butler 33
The Tigers fell to Bruning-Davenport-Shickley 47-33 at Brainard on Saturday.
East Butler was led in scoring by Amanda Aerts with 14 points. Madison Helman followed her with five points. Anna Rigatuso led the team in rebounds with 7.
BDS took a 31-19 lead into the locker room at half and broke the game open with a 14-4 third quarter. Lexi Kadel, Nicole Swartzendruber and Macy Kamler led the Eagles with 8 points apiece.
“I thought we were still in the game at halftime but we couldn’t get a run together to cut into their lead during the third quarter,” coach Behne said. “We knew this would be a tough game and it was. BDS was rated second in Class D-1 in the preseason rankings.”
“I was pleased with our shot selection and drives to the basket but we need to put up more than 35 shots in a game,” Behne said.
Turnovers continue to haunt the Tigers as the Eagles’ pressure and fast break buckets sparked their lead. The Tigers had 21 turnovers.
East Butler traveled to Exeter-Milligan (2-0) for Tuesday’s game, and Osceola (0-2) comes to Brainard for a game on Thursday. Osceola comes off a 69-31 loss to Exeter-Milligan, a contender for the Journal Star’s D1 top ten.
December 2 at Brainard
BDS – 19 12 14 2 - 47
East Butler 13 6 4 10 -33
Scoring - EB: Aerts 14, Helman 5, Rigatuso, Pierce, Haney 4
BDS: Kadel, Swartzendruber, Kamler 8
Rebounds – EB: Rigatuso 7, Aerts 3
November 30 at Cedar Bluffs
East Butler(1-0) 8 11 1710 - 46
Cedar Bluffs(0-1) 6 9 12 9 – 36
Scoring - EB: Aerts 17, Rigatuso 13, Helman 14,
Rebounds: Rigatuso 6, Helman, Aerts 5, Haney, Bohac 5.