Bunceton boys fall against Otterville 46-37

After the Pilot Grove boys and girls dropped two games in the opening round of the W-K Holiday Shootout Friday night at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, the Bunceton Lady Dragons basketball team appeared to have the answer on Saturday while beating the Sacred Heart Gremlins 46-29.
With the Lady Tigers losing to Sweet Springs 57-29 and the Pilot Grove boys falling to the Greyhounds 41-36, the Lady Dragons came back Saturday to lead Sacred Heart after the first-three quarters by the scores of 7-6, 24-10 and 36-14. Meanwhile, in the final period, Sacred Heart had its best quarter of the ballgame by outscoring Bunceton 15-10 to cut the lead to 17.
While the win improved Bunceton’s record to 8-1 overall, head coach Mike Arnold said again defensively the Lady Dragons played very well. “We ran the floor a lot this game and got some easy baskets,” Arnold said. “They are a good team, but I think we are finishing games a lot better now.”
Senior Erica Kahle had 17 points, three steals and two rebounds to lead the Lady Dragons, who finished the game shooting 33 percent from the field and 58 percent from the foul line.
Junior Rachel Emde had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds while along with four steals and two assists. Sam Brandes chipped in eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals while Maddy Berwanger added four points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals and Deanne Emde with three points and three rebounds.
Sacred Heart was led by Kaitlyn Summerburg with 10 points.
The Lady Dragons were also victorious on Friday against Otterville in CCAA action by a score of 29-26.
Otterville led 10-4 after one, 18-8 at the half and 21-14 after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, Bunceton rallied back with a 15-5 advantage for the victory.
Arnold said Otterville did a very good job of taking Erica (Kahle) out of the game. “At half we made some adjustments,” Arnold said. “We stayed patient and hit some shots. Defensively, we played very well.”
Rachel Emde had the game-high for Bunceton with 17 points along with five rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Maddy Berwanger finished the game with seven points, six rebounds and two assists while Erica Kahle added three points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist, Julia Kahle with two points, four assists and two rebounds and Sam Brandes with five rebounds and two assists.
Hannah Stone led all scorers for Otterville with 11 points.
As for the Bunceton boys, they fell to Otterville by a score of 46-37.
The Dragons, 3-6 on the season, trailed Otterville 22-12 at the half but cut the lead to two in the third quarter by outscoring the Eagles 14-6 to make it 28-26. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Eagles outscored Bunceton 16-11 to win the game by nine.
Bunceton coach Yancy Cody said his team played good defense all night. “We cut it to one in the fourth quarter,” Cody said. “Now we just have to learn how to finish in games.”
Devin Rockett had 16, Jake Gaskell 14 and Ryan Benny 10 for Otterville, who improved to 4-1.
For Bunceton, Jacob Clevenger tossed in 13 points while grabbing five rebounds, two steals and one assist. Kyler Tucker had nine points, 10 rebounds and three assists while Will Twenter added six points, three rebounds and three assists, Ashton Campbell with five points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists and Kyle Held with four points, two steals, one rebound and one assist.
The Dragons hit on 12 of 41 shots from the field for 29 percent and 4 of 4 from the foul line for 100 percent.