Bunceton boys play their best game to date in 69-50 loss

The Bunceton Lady Dragons basketball team knew that playing Otterville for the second time this season could be tougher, especially in the CCAA Tournament Tuesday night in Higbee.
After losing at home Friday night against the Pilot Grove Lady Tigers, Bunceton held little back last night against Otterville while leading from start to finish for a 58-23 victory.
As for other games in the tournament last night, the No. 4 Higbee boys defeated fifth-seeded Bunceton 69-50 while the No. 2 Prairie Home boys upended No. 6 Malta Bend 68-9.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with the Jamestown girls playing Malta Bend at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Jamestown boys versus Bunceton at 6 and Bunceton girls versus Higbee at 7:30.
The Lady Dragons, 11-5 on the season, outscored Otterville in each of the four quarters of play and led 20-8 after one, 31-17 at the half and 43-21 after three quarters of play.
Bunceton also played great defense at times while holding Otterville scoreless for the final four minutes and 28 seconds in the second period. The Lady Dragons also held the Eagles to just two field goals total in the second half while giving up six points.
Bunceton coach Mike Arnold said after a slow start the energy was much better in the second half. "We got back to playing good defense in the second half as well," Arnold said. "We must continue to get better each game."
Senior Rachel Emde seemed to have little problem getting up for the game while finishing with a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Emde also had seven steals and three assists.
Lizzy Maddex tallied 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal while Sam Brandes added seven points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals, Julia Kahle with four points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal, Kylee Flatt with four points and two rebounds, Deanne Emde with two points, six assists, three rebounds and three steals, Maddy Berwanger also with two points, one rebound, one steal and one assist and Rachel Lenz with two points and one rebound.
For Otterville, Natalie Schoen tossed in eight points.
As for the Bunceton boys, they played a great second half while outscoring the Higbee Tigers 39-33.
However, the first half proved to be the difference as Higbee jumped out to a 16-8 lead after first period's end and then outscored Bunceton 20-3 in the second to go in at the half on top 36-11.
Higbee coach Jonathan Bishop said it was great getting a win in the first game of their final CCAA Tournament. "I love seeing the guys play better defense," Bishop said. "We will need a great effort Thursday night against a tough Jamestown team."
Jacob Beal had 18 points and eight rebounds for Higbee, 6-7 on the season. Will Clark added 13 and Jeremy Kirkendoll 10.
For Bunceton, who dropped to 1-15 on the season, senior Kyler Tucker scored a career-high 40 points. He also had seven rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Dylon Custer chipped in nine points and three rebounds while Jordan Angermayer added one point, eight rebounds and one steal.
Bunceton coach Mike Arnold said the boys played much harder and smarter in the second half. "As the season has progressed we have seen a great deal of improvement," Arnold said. "Kyler Tucker had a great night, but it was not on his own, his team did a great job of getting him the ball. I am pleased with this team's growth this season."
In the final game last night, the Prairie Home boys scored the game's first 36 points against Malta Bend and led the Tigers 36-2 at the half and 57-6 after three quarters of play.
Prairie Home coach Cary Bibb said his team played well on defense and rebounded well. "We got a lot of playing time for all our players and got a nice win," Bibb said.
Kody Simmons led four players in double figures for Prairie Home, 8-9 on the season, with 13 points.
Rayce Kendrick and Ben Stock chipped in 12 while Jonathan Brandes added 11, Klay Holliday with eight, Wyatt Borghardt with seven and Blake Huggins with five.
Monday's games
The Prairie Home girls basketball team couldn't have asked for a better opening period Monday night against Malta Bend in the opening round of the CCAA Tournament in Higbee.
As the No. 2 seed in the tournament, the Lady Panthers outscored Malta Bend 23-2 in the first quarter en route to a 59-11 victory.
With seven players scoring in the game, Prairie Home also outscored Malta Bend in each of the four quarters of play and led 33-6 at the half and 47-9 after three quarters of play. The Lady Panthers also held a 12-2 advantage in the final period.
"We have been fighting the flu bad as a team," said Prairie Home coach Linda Scott. "We moved up and down the floor well and shot the ball well," Scott said, "but we just don't have energy. We need practice and rest. I thought it was a good game considering that we haven't been able to practice for six days. We showed that it takes team work at its best to overcome our team illness."
Makayla Zey led the scoring attack in the game for Prairie Home, 12-4 on the season, with 16 points. Rachel Distler chipped in 12 while Brooke Emmerich added 11, Shianne Rhorer eight, Josie Flood six, Kim Hettinger four and Krista Small with two.
The Lady Panthers also hit on 11 of 13 shots from the foul line for 85 percent.