The Bunceton boys and girls basketball teams struggled offensively and defensively Tuesday night on the road against Calvary Lutheran while losing by the scores of 73-41 and 66-27, respectively.
The Lady Dragons, who dropped to 5-9 overall and 1-1 in the CCAA Conference, trailed Calvary Lutheran by just five (17-12) after first period’s end but was outscored 17-6 in the second to go in at the half down 34-18. Bunceton never got any closer in the ballgame as Calvary Lutheran came out in the second half and outscored the Lady Dragons 32-9 for the victory.
Bunceton coach Brian Emde said the girls had a difficult night coming off a hard fought game the night before. “We lost Lauren Wieland in the third quarter to a nose injury,” Emde said. “We shot 17 percent on the road but I’m confident that these girls will regroup for their next game against Keytesville.”
Abbie Klatt had 20 points, Haley Braun 12 and Emma Homfeldt 11 to lead Calvary Lutheran.
For Bunceton, Chloe Moser had seven points, four rebounds and one steal.
Lauren Wieland finished the game with six points, six rebounds, three steals and one assist while Madelynn Myers added four points, Taylor Burnett three points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, Emily Clevenger three points and two rebounds, Sydney Cunningham two points, two rebounds and one steal, Kylie Heilman one point and one rebound and Jenna Kahle with one point.
As for the Bunceton boys, they trailed Calvary Lutheran from the opening tip as the Lions led 46-19 at the half and 56-30 after three quarters of play. Calvary Lutheran also outscored Bunceton 17-11 in the final period.
Bunceton coach Cass Keene said he was disappointed in the effort against Calvary Lutheran.
“This is the second time we’ve played poorly on the second night of a back to back after an emotional game,” Keene said. “We played a better team Monday and were able to keep it close. Last night (Tuesday) we came out slow and put ourselves in a 20 point hole in the first quarter. We did a better job defensively in the second half, but refused to get into our offensive sets. We have put ourselves into positions recently to compete in games, but we took a step back last night. Scoring 41 points against that team, with the offensive talent we have, is a product of poor execution.”
Jimmie Wehmeyer had 21 points and RJ Mays 13 for Calvary Lutheran.
For Bunceton, who dropped to 0-15 on the season, Jason Burnett had 13, Rylee Knapheide and Brayden Doyle 10 each, Hunter Shuffield six and Dillon Alpers with two.