Dragons fall to Jamestown

The New Bloomfield boys and girls basketball teams proved to be more than the Bunceton Dragons could handle, especially on the road Monday night.
While the Lady Wildcats defeated Bunceton 64-33, the New Bloomfield boys also led the Dragons from start to finish for a 102-41 victory.
The Lady Dragons, dropping to 2-18 on the season, hung tough for the first half while trailing New Bloomfield by just 11 at 27-16. Unfortunately for Bunceton, they had no answer for the Lady Wildcats in the second half while giving up 31 points.
Bunceton coach Mitch Hurt said the girls played another very good team in New Bloomfield.
“We are still making several mistakes defensively,” Hurt said. “We didn’t help from the weakside as well as we should. The Lady Wildcats were very quick, it just seemed like we were a step or two late getting to the ball. Offensively, we had sequences where we moved the ball very well and got the shots we wanted but couldn’t convert. We are starting to see each other better and our interior passing is improving because of it.”
Taylor Burnett had 13 points for the Lady Dragons. Rachel Lenz tossed in 10 while Lauren Wieland had five, Emily Clevenger three and Kylie Heilman with two.
As for the Bunceton boys, they had a little tougher time while trailing New Bloomfield 46-20 at the half and 84-29 after three quarters of play. The Wildcats also outscored Bunceton 19-12 in the final period.
Bunceton coach Jacob Wickham said the boys had a really good first half.
“We played well on the defensive end and got some really good looks on the offensive end,” Wickham said. “We didn’t have much difficulty with their defensive pressure, but we weren’t quick enough getting back after missed shots and gave up some easy buckets. New Bloomfield shot the ball really well in the second half and that is what hurt us down the stretch. I was proud of my boys ability to keep their composure in that second half when New Bloomfield started running the score up. We understand we could have executed better, but we have little time to worry about that with two more games this week.”
Rylee Knapheide had 13 points for the Dragons, who dropped to 0-20 on the season. Blake Petsel chipped in nine while Brayden Doyle added six, Bryan Terrell five, Eli Pearcy four, Dylon Custer three and Riley Layne with one.
Friday’s games
The Bunceton boys and girls basketball teams just can’t seem to catch a break.
After facing state-ranked Prairie Home earlier in the week, the Lady Dragons basketball team squared off against another state-ranked team Friday night in the Jamestown Lady Eagles with similar results while losing by a score of 69-41.
As for the Bunceton boys, they fell on the road against the Eagles 56-29.
The Lady Dragons, dropping to 2-17 on the season, trailed Jamestown 44-17 at the half and 54-25 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Bunceton had its quarter of the ballgame by outscoring Jamestown 16-15.
Not very often we see two teams ranked in the top ten of your class in the same conference.
Bunceton coach Mitch Hurt said Jamestown is very good.
“They move the ball well and shoot very well,” Hurt said. “Teams like this will expose all of your weaknesses and give you plenty to work on. On a good note we were able to score several times on their full court press. We are sharing the ball much better and learning to move the defense with ball movement. Ball movement is responsible for us able to get more quality shots off per quarter, and per game. I am very encouraged by our continued improvement and our girls willingness to keep learning and getting better.”
Taylor Burnett had the high game for Bunceton with 13 points. Rachel Lenz chipped in 10 while Lauren Wieland added eight, Jenna Kahle four and Emily Clevenger with three.
The Lady Dragons also finished the game shooting only 30 percent from the field and 25 percent from the foul line.
As for the Bunceton boys basketball team, they trailed Jamestown 29-13 at the half and 49-21 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 8-7 advantage in the final period.
Bunceton coach Jacob Wickham said the boys did a really good job all game containing their bigs.
“We held one of their best players to just seven points, but where we faltered was our ability to make smart decisions with the basketball,” Wickham said. “We turned the ball over needlessly, and you can’t expect win a basketball game against a team like Jamestown if you keep turning the ball over. Overall, I liked how we came out and executed, but we need to stop negating our offense by turning the ball over.”
Brayden Doyle had 13 points to lead all scorers for Bunceton, who dropped to 0-18 on the season. Rylee Knapheide had 10 while Dylon Custer chipped in six.