Wolverines bump West Point-Beemer from unbeatens
WEST POINT – Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur Northeast girls gave West Point-Beemer all it wanted and then some as the Wolverines defeated the Cadets for the first time this season, 49-33, here in East Husker basketball action.
West Point-Beemer came into the game undefeated and left with its first loss of the season and it was from a defensive effort by the Wolverines.
“They came out in a diamond-and-two and it really gave us trouble to start,” WP-B coach Taylor Shepard said. “We figured that out and we just couldn’t hit a shot.”
BRLD led wire-to-wire on its way to the conference win, but head coach Rod Peters was even impressed with the way his team played the entire night.
“We had a game plan and for the first time this season, I think we followed it,” Peters said. “We’ll have to compete with them again and everyone else in the conference – but this will boost our confidence.”
Peters and company held the high-flying Cadets to only four points in the opening ight minutes and extended the lead to 23-17 at the half.
“We like to get up and down the court,” Peters said. “Tonight we didn’t because they wouldn’t let us – but we found a way to win.”
“They hit us with a triangle-and-two defensively and we weren’t prepared for that,” Shepard said. “We did respond and make some shots, but we were in a hole against a very good team.”
After an 8-4 end in favor of the Wolverines after the first frame, BRLD got busy extending the lead.
Aubrey Berg hit a shot just inside the three-point line to make it 10-4 then Paige Peters hit one from behind the arc to make it 13-5 after a Sidney Swanson free throw to put the Wolverines up, 13-5.
BRLD would go up 17-5 then 23-17 at the half on the way to the upset.
“There are no upsets in this conference,” Peters said. “We had a plan and we stuck to it and we won – might not work next time.”
The Cadets got back to within four in the second quarter with a steal and layup from Darian Repschlager with 4:18 left in the half and back-to-back threes from Swanson made it 17-13.
Isabel Freemont hit a long ball for BRLD and the ended the half with the 23-17 advantage.
“We answered everything they threw at us,” Peters said. “They had trouble hitting shots and we took advantage of it.”
Shepard had a slightly different take on the situation.
“They took us out of our comfort zone with their defense in the first half,” Shepard said. “We will learn from this and move on for the season – we’ll continue to get better.”
BRLD went up 32-19 after the third quarter when Jordan Snyder converted a traditional three-point play 53.9 seconds left in the third and the Wolverines converted free throws down the stretch to come away with the 16-point win.
“This means a lot tonight,” Peters said. “But we should play them again – this is going to be a fun season.”
Shepard again looked to the future.
“I hope we get to play them again,” Shepard said. “They are a great team and they will make us better.”
BRLD 8 15 9 17 – 49
WP-B 4 13 2 14 – 33
BANCROFT-ROSALIE/LYONS-DECATUR NORTHEAST (9-3): Isabel Freemont 4 4-6 14; Caragan Teitz 1 4-6 6; Paige Peters 2 8-8 13; Emma Beutler 0 0-2 0; Alyssa Buchholz 3 0-0 7; Kelsey Larsen 1 1-2 3; Jordan Snyder 2 2-3 6.
WEST POINT-BEEMER (10-1): Abbey Dale 3 0-4 6; Darian Repschlaeger 1 0-0 2; Sidney Swanson 5 4-6 15; Abby Kaup 1 0-0 3; Jadyn Meiergerd 1 0-0 3; Sierra Kile 1 2-2 4.