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Patriots win physical contest

The David City girls basketball team had a strong start, but Clarkson/Leigh came on stronger, winning 43-31 Dec. 12 on the Scouts home court.

“We raced out to a 9- 2 start in this game but Clarkson/ Leigh was just too physical for us tonight,” said David City coach Nathan Wall. “Macy Svoboda had a great game, as she played the entire game and guarded their best player and held her to 10 points.”

The Patriots sank a couple three pointers to finish the first quarter ahead 13-9. The Scouts kept up with the Patriots in the second quarter, but couldn’t close the gap. Trailing 25-20 to start the third quarter, the Scout shooting went cold while the Patriots built a 10 point lead.

Wall took some positives from the contest,

“I thought that we had a nice game tonight and we have some things that we can build off of,” he said.

December 12 at David City

Clarkson/ Leigh 13 12 9 8 - 42

David City 9 11 4 7 - 31

Scoring - DC: Svoboda 12, Givens 8, Couch 4, Backstrom 3, Daro 2, Hoeft 2.


Tigers escape Hampton with win

East Butler held on to win a tight 44-42 game at Hampton on Dec. 15.

Both teams started slow and had trouble hitting shots in the first quarter. The Tiger offense heated up, outscoring the Hawks 14-8 in the second quarter. The Tigers continued to build on the lead in the third quarter before withstanding a Hampton comeback in the fourth. Hampton hit 6 of 15 three-pointers in the second half to make the game close.

“It was a very physical game,” East Butler coach Kevin Behne said. “I was pleased with our rebounding effort as we had a season high 39 boards. I was also pleased with how the girls handled the full court pressure of Hampton as they began their fourth quarter comeback. It’s tough to win on the road, especially a close game on the road.”

The Tigers went up 44-39 with a basket by Anna Rigatuso with about a minute left in the game. Hampton’s Kiersten Dose hit one of her game high four three-pointers with under a minute left to pull the Hawks within two points. The teams traded possessions and Hampton had one last shot attempt with six seconds left. The shot fell short and the Tigers hung on for the victory.

Anna Rigatuso led the Tigers with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Amanda Aerts and Kaitlyn Hain both chipped in 8 points. Abby Pierce led the team with three assists.

The girls came up with key rebounds, free throws and defensive stops in the fourth quarter.

“We were 7-13 from the free throw line for 54 percent and only put Hampton on the line seven times. The Hawks were 2-7 for 29 percent,” Behne said.

Jacey Klassen led the Hawks with 13 points followed by Kiersten Dose with 12 points.

December 15 at Hampton

East Butler 7 14 15 8 – 44

Hampton 4 8 13 17 – 42

Scoring – EB: Rigatuso 14, Aerts, Hain 8, Haney 6, Helman 5

Hampton: Klassen 13, Dose 12.

Tigers wallop Raiders

The East Butler girls basketball team trailed Mead after a quarter Dec. 16. Then the Tigers breezed through three quarters to a 46-15 victory at Mead.

Between the Raiders making only six of their 26 shots and the Tigers’ Anna Rigatuso grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds, the Tigers were in command after a 15-1 second quarter put them up 21-8 at the half.

Amanda Aerts led the scoring with 11 points. Kaitlyn Hain and Abby Pierce followed with 8 points each. Anna Rigatuso chipped in 7 and Lexis Haney had 6 points.

“The girls did a good job distributing the ball and we had nice balanced scoring,” said East Butler coach Kevin Behne.

Amanda Aerts led the Tigers with five steals. East Butler 39 percent shooting from the field was a season high. Mead’s scoring dropped in a big way after the Raiders defeated Brownell-Talbot 54-49 the night before. Illness has been a factor for several teams.

“I was concerned with how we would handle the quick turn-around playing an afternoon game,” Behne said. “We had traveled to Hampton on Friday night and had a very physical game with the Hawks. We’ve also been hit by the flu bug and have assorted injuries. The girls really stepped up and played well in the face of adversity.”

June Johnson led Mead with 7 points. The Tigers and Raiders were each 3-8 on free throws.

The weekend’s two games started a six-game road trip.

“It was good to capture two wins this weekend,” Behne said. East Butler plays at David City on Thursday, Dec. 21 and then heads to the Weeping Water Holiday Tourney on Dec. 28-29.

December 16 at Mead

East Butler (4-2) 6 15 9 16 – 46

Mead (5-1) 7 1 5 2 -15

Scoring – EB: Aerts 11, Hain, Pierce 8, Rigatuso 7, Haney 6

Warriors too much for Monarchs

The Class C-1 No 7 Lincoln Lutheran Warriors pulled away in the second half to defeat Aquinas 63-44 in Lincoln on Saturday.

Mackenzie Koepke led all scorers with 20 points and Paige Ravenscroft added 16. Valerie Bohuslavsky scored 15 to lead the Monarchs. – Lincoln Journal Star

December 16 at Lincoln Lutheran.

Aquinas 16 9 11 8 - 44

L. Lutheran 18 11 17 17 – 63

Scoring- Aquinas: Val. Bohuslavsky 15, Krafka 10, Van. Boshuslavsky 6, Kobza 7, Meysenburg 3.

L. Lutheran: Koepke 20, Ravenscroft 16, Moll 14, Puels 5, Poppe 4.

Mustangs defeat Huskies

The Shelby-Rising City girls basketball team lost a road game, 40-29, to the McCool Junction Mustangs Dec. 15.

After taking a 10-6 lead, the Huskies were unable to hold it. Neither team had the hot hand, and it came down to Hadley Wiemer sinking all eight of her free throws on her way to a game high 16 points. Jillian Stark also was 2-2 at the line.

Kamryn Pokorney was 5-5 from the field and 2-2 at the line, but as a team, the Huskies shot 32 percent and wasn’t able to connect on a three point shot.

The Huskies played at High Plains Tuesday night and host the S-RC Holiday Tournament Dec. 28 and 29.

December 15 at McCool Junction

S-RC 10 4 6 9 – 29

MJ 6 11 11 12 – 40


S-RC: Pokorney 12, Adams 7, Caraway 6, Neujahr 4

MJ: Weimer 16, Stark 14, Snider 5,

Rebounds – S-RC: Adams 12, Neujahr 8, Hopwood 4

MJ: Wiemer, Stark 7, Siebert 5

Assists: S-RC: Neujahr 7

MJ: Wiemer, Wilkinson 4


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