The Bunceton Lady Dragons basketball team captured the championship in the Northwest of Hughesville Tournament over the weekend by beating Green Ridge 39-36.
The Lady Dragons, 5-1 on the season, opened the first half with a 23-11 advantage against Green Ridge but were outscored 25-16 in the final-two periods.
Bunceton coach Mike Arnold said the girls came out and played well the first half. “I need to do a better job of getting us ready for the second half,” Arnold said. “I really liked our defense and how all the girls contributed on the offensive end.”
Senior Erica Kahle led the scoring attack in the game for Bunceton with 11 points, four assists, three steals and one rebound.
Rachel Emde finished the game with eight points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals while Deanne Emde added seven points, two rebounds and two steals, Julia Kahle with seven points, two rebounds and one steal, Sam Brandes with four points, three rebounds and three steals and Maddy Berwanger with two points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Lady Dragons also finished the game hitting 15 of 45 shots from the field for 33 percent and 4 of 10 from the foul line for 40 percent.
For Green Ridge, Clare Chamberlain tossed in 16 points.
As for the Bunceton boys, they fell to Northwest of Hughesville in the third-place game 42-34.
The Dragons, 2-4 on the season, trailed Northwest 19-13 at the half and 32-22 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Bunceton rallied back with a 12-10 advantage to cut the lead to single digits.
Bunceton coach Yancy Cody said the boys played hard. “We dug ourselves an early hole and couldn’t get out of it,” Cody said. “We are getting better each game.”
Austin Courtlen had 17 points to lead all scorers for Northwest.
For Bunceton, Jacob Clevenger finished the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. He also had two steals and two assists.
Kyler Tucker finished the game with 10 points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist while Aaron Clevenger added six points, three rebounds and one rebound, Will Twenter with two points, three rebounds and three assists and Kyle Held with two points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal.