Bulldogs’ 1-3-1 zone shuts down Mustangs
STANTON — Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family used a stifling 1-3-1 zone defense and a nearly two-to-one rebounding advantage to produce a surprisingly easy 63-42 victory over Stanton in girls basketball action here.
The Bulldogs — ranked fourth by the Daily News in Class D — scored the game’s first nine points and never looked back.
Allie Schneider hit a baseline jumper just seconds into the contest; senior post Taya Beller followed with a pair of transition hoops and a free throw, and also assisted on an inbounds-play layup by Brittney Veik.
Jessie Brandl got the Mustangs on the board with a pair of free throws with 3:02 left in the first quarter, but those would be the only points Stanton — ranked eighth in Class C by the Daily News — would score in the period, the result of 0 for 10 shooting from the field.
“As I scouted them, I thought for sure they were going to knock a few more threes down,” Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family coach Kandee Hanzel said. “We’ve been doing this 1-3-1 for a while and it’s kind of worked. The girls did exactly what I asked them to do and we stopped them.”
Stanton coach Greg Wegner said he was frustrated by his team’s play in the first quarter.
“I told them going into the game that we need to penetrate, we need to work the ball inside-out, get good-looking threes — and we just didn’t do that in the first quarter,” he said. “We just kept jacking them up from the outside and got ourselves in a pretty good hole.”
The Bulldogs led 13-2 after one quarter and stretched it 25-4 when Veik swished a 3-pointer from the right wing four minutes into the second.
Schneider’s offensive rebound and put-back with 41 seconds left in the half gave Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family a 33-15 lead heading into the break.
“I said this was going to be a game of runs and I said our defense is what’s going to stop them,” Hanzel said.
The Mustangs attacked the basket much more often in the third quarter, scoring six points in the paint and going four for six from the free-throw line.
But the Bulldogs were able to answer as Danie Brandl (Jessie’s cousin) fired in a baseline jumper for a 39-19 lead. Later, two Beller free throws gave Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family a 44-27 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.
Stanton continued to get to the free throw line in the fourth and gave the Bulldog faithful cause for concern when Schneider, Danie Brandl and Beller all picked up their fourth fouls.
But 3-pointers from Veik and Schneider and two offensive rebounds and put-backs by Addison Schneider helped to stem the tide and allow the Bulldogs a comfortable 21-point victory margin.
“I think we just got whipped,” a disappointed Wegner said. “We didn’t come out to play. We played flat, we played scared, we played uncharacteristic of ourselves and they took straight advantage of it.”
Allie Schneider led the winners with 19 points, while Veik and Beller added 17 and 16, respectively.
Jessie Brandl’s 18 points was tops for the Mustangs.
The Bulldogs doubled up the Mustangs from the field, sinking 26 field goals to Stanton’s 13 and nearly doubled up the rebounding total with 43 compared to the Mustangs’ 22.
“They do shoot a lot of threes, so we knew the rebounds were going to be longer,” Hanzel said. “So we just had to body and hopefully jump higher than they did to get that rebound.”
It was the first of three games this week for Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family. The Bulldogs are at Pender on Thursday and then host Battle Creek in a makeup game on Friday. The Mustangs visit Wisner-Pilger on Thursday.
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 13 20 11 19 — 63
Stanton 2 13 12 15 — 42
HUMPHREY/LINDSAY HOLY FAMILY (5-1): Brittney Veik 7 0-0 17; Allie Schneider 9 0-0 19; Danie Brandl 2 0-0 4; Jessica Olmer 1 0-0 3; Taya Beller 5 6-7 16; Addison Schneider 2 0-0 4; Totals 26 6-7 63.
STANTON (4-3): Jessie Brandl 5 6-9 18; Jaiden Hartl 3 2-2 9; Bree Burtwistle 2 2-2 6; Bridgett Jensen 1 0-0 2; Ellie Locke 0 1-2 1; Liz Christensen 2 0-1 4; Sylvia Cunningham 0 2-4 2; Totals 13 13-20 42.
3-point field goals: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 5 (Veik 3, Al. Schneider 1, Olmer 1), Stanton 3 (Brandl 2, Hartl 1); Field goal percentage: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 26 for 55 - 47.3%, Stanton 13 for 42 - 31.0%; Rebounds: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 43, Stanton 22; Fouls: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 18, Stanton 13; Turnovers: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 27, Stanton 24.