The Bunceton Lady Dragons basketball team led the Higbee Tigers for one quarter Friday night on the road but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Tigers dominated the next-three for a 45-25 victory.
Bunceton, dropping to 5-18 on the season, opened the game with a 11-9 lead against Higbee. However, over the next-three quarters, the Lady Tigers outscored Bunceton 36-14 for the victory.
Bunceton coach Mike Arnold said the girls played tired and not with a lot of heart. “We didn’t come ready to play like we had been playing,” Arnold said. “We didn’t follow the game plan and got drilled by 20. We must control tempo for us to have a chance to win and we didn’t do that.”
Hope Clark had 17 points and Rhiannon Runyon 13 to lead the Lady Tigers, who improved to 17-6 on the season, in double figures.
For Bunceton, Julia Kahle had 10 points, two rebounds and one assist. Rachel Lenz tallied seven points, nine rebounds and one steal while Deanne Emde added four points, five rebounds and two assists, Emily Clevenger with two points, five rebounds and one steal and Morgan Wieland with two points and four rebounds.
Bunceton also finished the game hitting 10 of 46 shots from the field for 22 percent and 3 of 4 from the foul line for 75 percent. Higbee, meanwhile, made 10 of 18 shots from the foul line for 56 percent.
As for the Bunceton boys, they fell on the road against Higbee by a score of 77-56.
The Dragons, 0-19 overall, trailed Higbee by just three (19-16) after first period’s end but was outscored 58-40 for the rest of the game to suffer the loss.
Aaron Clevenger had the high game for Bunceton with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Riley Layne chipped in 15 points and nine rebounds while Jordon Angermayer added 15 points and seven rebounds, Eli Pearcy with three points and Rylee Knapheide with two points and two rebounds.