The Bunceton boys and girls basketball team pulled off a rarity Tuesday night at home in CCAA action against the Prairie Home Panthers.
Although the Lady Dragons 44-21 win against Prairie Home came as no surprise considering both team’s records, the nightcap was somewhat of a shocker as the Bunceton boys knocked off the Panthers by a score of 61-46.
The Lady Dragons, improving to 9-1 on the season, outscored Prairie Home in each of the four quarters of play and led 12-9 after one, 22-17 at the half and 31-17 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, Bunceton held a 13-3 advantage to win the game by 23.
Bunceton coach Mike Arnold said in the first half the Lady Dragons looked tired and not ready to play, while in the second half they picked it up and got out after it on defense. “This break will be good for the girls,” Arnold said.
Rachel Emde finished the game with a double-double for Bunceton with 19 points and 13 rebounds along with three steals and three assists.
Sam Brandes had 12 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists while Maddy Berwanger added eight points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist, Erica Kahle with three points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals and Deanne Emde with two points, seven rebounds, three steals and one assist.
The Lady Dragons also finished the game shooting 33 percent from the field and 75 percent from the foul line.
As for the Prairie Home girls, who dropped to 2-6 overall, freshman Makayla Zey had 11 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Josie Flood added five points, seven rebounds and one assist while Katlynn Watson chipped in three points, four rebounds and four steals, Kendra Stinson with two points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist, Brooke Emmerich with five rebounds, one steal and one assist, Krista Small with four rebounds and one assist and Kim Hettinger with two rebounds.
Prairie Home also shot 21 percent from the field and 42 percent from the line.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said this was a tale of two totally different halves.
“We played so hard the first half,” Scott said. “Our best half of the year. We played physical, got up and down the floor with ease and ran our offense well and played super defense. We were able to go inside to score. We rebounded well with their big girls. The second half was just a total opposite of the first half. We didn’t have the effort that we had in the first half. Bunceton forced us to shoot the ball away from the basket. Shooting has been our weakest point all year and tonight we only hit 21% from the field. Makayla Zey had a super game. She didn’t back down from the physical play inside. She was our true bright spot of the game. Josie Flood had another good overall game and did well on the boards once again. As a team we did well on the boards, played a great first half. We must learn to play four quarters of hard, physical basketball in order to put ourselves in a position to win against good teams. I give all the credit to Bunceton they come out to win every play.”
Page 2 of 2 - The Bunceton boys basketball team also picked up a good win against the Panthers. Although the conference doesn’t start until after the New Year, the Dragons won just the same while rallying from a 14-2 deficit at the end of the first period to outscore the Panthers 59-32 the rest of the way for the victory.
Bunceton coach Yancy Cody said his team came out sluggish to start the game against Prairie Home and then played their best three quarters of basketball in two years. “I was very proud of them,” Cody said.
Kyler Tucker led three players in double figures for the Dragons, who went from trailing 28-23 at the half to lead Prairie Home 38-35 after three quarters of play, with 23 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two assist.
Jacob Clevenger finished the game with a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds along with one assist while Kyle Held added 12 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals, Will Twenter with eight points, eight rebounds and three assists and Ashton Campbell with three points, three rebounds and two assist.
For Prairie Home, who dropped to 2-6 on the season, Kody Utterback had 14, Trever Huth 12, Rayce Kendrick eight, Sam Distler six, Klay Holliday four and Jonathan Brandes with two.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said this was possibly the worst game team team has played all year.
“We jumped out to an early lead and then thought we could coast the rest of the game and that Bunceton would just give it to us,” Oswald said. “Bunceton did a great job of fighting back and we just rolled over and allowed them to do whatever they wanted. We never matched their intensity on either ends of the floor. We made a lot of silly mistakes tonight and not things that would show up on a stat sheet. We didn’t guard very well, we got out of position a lot, forgot to close out on shooters. It was just really a game where we took a huge step backwards. Bunceton played a heck of a ball game and we were just nowhere to be found for three quarters.”