West Point-Beemer girls remain unbeaten at Shootout
WAYNE — West Point-Beemer remained unbeaten on the season with a 57-44 win over Hartington Cedar Catholic here Monday in the Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout.
The Cadets used a game-high 22 points from Sidney Swanson and 18 from Sierra Kile to turn back the Trojans in an abbreviated version of the tournament played at Wayne State’s Rice Auditorium.
Mother Nature wiped out the first round and forced tournament organizers into hosting a “Blue” and “White” division of the tournament in what turned out to be a seven-team affair.
West Point-Beemer led at the end of every quarter, but it was a 17-7 fourth quarter that turned the tide and sent the Cadets to the title.
“We knew this was going to be a four-quarter game,” West Point-Beemer coach Taylor Shepard said. “We wanted to keep our press after them and frustrate them. In the end, I think that’s what we did.”
Although the Cadets got into some foul troubles in the first half, players stepped up to get West Point-Beemer over the hump to earn them the championship.
After 15 points in the opening 16 minutes, West Point-Beemer’s Sierra Kile had to take a seat beside Shepard with three fouls. She then earned her fourth just four minutes into the second half.
“I was really happy with the way other players stepped up and filled the void,” Shepard said. “We took some huge steps as a team here today.”
The Cadets led 15-10 after the first frame and 27-23 at the end of the half.
Cedar Catholic got to within a single point after a traditional three-point play from Maddie Wieseler with 4:38 to go in the third, but Swanson answered by converting one of two free throws to make it 30-28.
The Trojans took a lead on their ensuing possession when Aiden Wortmann found Abby Hochstein inside and Hochstein was fouled after scoring.
Hochstein converted the free throw and Cedar Catholic was up 31-30.
Brooklyn Weddle took a pass from Swanson to put the Cadets up 32-31 and after a steal and layup from Swanson, West Point-Beemer was on its way.
The Trojans scored first in the fourth to make it 40-39, but the Cadets would can a three from Swanson.
West Point-Beemer took control of the game from there, outscoring the Trojans 10-0 in the next six minutes, taking a 51-41 lead after a pair of free throws from Kile with 55.5 seconds left in the game.
Wieseler hit a three on the Trojan’s next trip down the court, but the damage was already done as the Cadets put a stamp on their ninth consecutive win of the season.
“Our girls put in the work during practice and before and after practice,” Shepard said. “We want to play full court and the entire game — we have 10 or 11 girls ready to go.”
Hartington Cedar Catholic 10 13 14 7 — 44
West Point-Beemer 15 12 13 17 — 57
HARTINGTON CEDAR CATHOLIC (3-3): Maddie Wieseler 14; Abby Hochstein 13; Jada Cattau 6; Aiden Wortman 5; Megan Heimes 4; Brynn Wortman 2.
WEST POINT-BEEMER (9-0): Sidney Swanson 22; Sierra Kile 18; Andrea Hoffman 6; Brooklyn Weddle 4; Abby Dale 4; Rachel Groth 2; Brooke Haase 1.