Area Girls Hoops: Tiger girls blast Cedar Bluffs
The East Butler girls basketball team got the season started off on the right foot by defeating Cedar Bluffs 67-26 in the season opener hosted by the Tigers on Nov. 29.
East Butler opened with a hot shooting touch, outscoring Cedar Bluffs 12-6 in the first quarter and never looking back.
The Tigers put the pedal to the metal in the second quarter outscoring its opponent 29-9 and taking 41-15 lead into the locker room at the half.
In the third quarter, the Tigers scored 11 points, compared to Cedar Bluffs’ eight, to extend the lead to 52-23.
East Butler finished out the game by outscoring Cedar Bluff 15-3 in the fourth quarter.
Aquinas 60, Raymond Central 15: The Aquinas girls basketball started the season off hot in its opening game victory over Raymond Central.
The Monarch dominated from the very beginning, opening the game with a 20-0 run, and never looking back.
Aquinas shot 50 percent from the field compared to Raymond Central’s 22 percent mark.
Breanna Stouffer scored 19 points for the Monarchs, including a 3-pointer. Aquinas was also able to force 30 turnovers during the game.
Cross County 41, Shelby-Rising City 33: The Huskies lost their season opener to Cross County after only scoring two points in the first quarter.
Sophomore Allie Neujahr led S-RC in points with seven.
“We have a lot to build on after the Cross County game,” said head coach Turner Trofholz in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “We were in the correct spot defensive most of the time and Cross County made some really nice plays to beat it.
Junior Kamryn Pokorney recorded 10 rebounds in a team-high effort.
“We have some things to get used to yet and that will come over time with trusting your teammates. Overall, I was happy with how this time fought back,” Trofholz said. “We were down 14-2 after the first quarter and could have easily laid down and called it a night. We didn’t. We fought hard to get it back within four points in the second half and gave ourselves a chance to win the game.”
“It was a really good thing to see. I am proud of our efforts as we only really had a couple of girls on the floor who have experienced major varsity minutes. The big difference in the game was the free throw line. When we shoot 5 of 15 from the line and they make more than we actually even shoot, 16-of-30, that is tough to overcome.”
Centennial 66, David City 30: The David City girls basketball team struggled against the No. 9 team in class C-2, according to the Lincoln Journal Star, losing to Centennial in the season opener.
The Scouts were held to shooting 23 percent from the field, and only made 40 percent of their free throws. David City also lost the battle on the glass 53-28.
“Centennial is a very experienced, talented and big team,” said head coach Nathan Wall in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “They showed their muscle from the tipoff. They are a team that I predict will be playing down in Lincoln in March.
“The first half was a learning experience for us. I thought that we played a nice second half and played as hard as we could for the entire game.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net