The Bunceton Lady Dragons basketball team captured the third place trophy in the Otterville Holiday Classic on Friday by beating La Monte 58-38.
The Lady Dragons, improving to 4-8 on the season, outscored La Monte in all but one quarter and led 32-16 at the half and 49-22 after three quarters of play. La Monte held a 16-9 advantage in the fourth.
Bunceton coach Brian Emde said the girls had a good shooting game as well as playing good defense. “We shot 44 percent and won the third place trophy,” Emde said. “Lauren Wieland got into foul trouble early but Taylor Burnett shot 4 of 7 from the three point line and Emily Clevenger was 2 of 4 from the three line. It was an outstanding team effort.”
Taylor Burnett led four players in double figures for Bunceton with 17 points along with three steals, one rebound and one assist.
Lauren Wieland finished the game with 11 points, four steals, three rebounds and three assists while Chloe Moser chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist, Emily Clevenger 10 points, three steals and one assist, Skyler Shuffield three points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist, Jenna Kahle three points, two rebounds and one assist, Cara Bishop two points, four rebounds and one assist and Taylyn Heilman with two points.
For La Monte, Claire Oerhle had 14 points and Maleiah Parker with 11.
Kingsville (B) 78
Bunceton 70
In a back and forth game, the Kingsville Tigers out-lasted the Bunceton Dragons in the seventh place game on Saturday in the annual Otterville Holiday Classic.
The Dragons, dropping to 0-13 on the season, opened the first quarter with a 17-12 lead against Kingsville but was outscored 28-16 in the second to trail at the half 40-33. However, in the third quarter, Bunceton rallied back with a 23-17 advantage to cut the lead back to one at 57-56. Meanwhile, in the final period, Kingsville held a 21-14 scoring edge to win the game by eight.
Bunceton coach Cass Keene said this was a close game to the very end. “Jason Burnett played a good game offensively,” Keene said. “We kept up with Kingsville on the boards, but made too many turnovers and defensive mistakes to hold on for a victory.”
Aaron Morrison had the high game for Kingsville with 33 points.
For Bunceton, Jason Burnett tallied 22, Dillon Alpers 17, Hunter Shuffield 12, Brayden Doyle 11 and Rylee Knapheide eight.