The Bunceton boys and girls basketball teams would like nothing more than to have a do over against the Climax Springs.
After starting the season at 2-0 for the first time in several years, the Dragons did what head coach Dustin Ray referred to as “their own thing” in a 66-42 loss against Climax Springs. As for the Lady Dragons, they also had one really bad first half in a 69-56 setback.
The loss dropped the Bunceton boys to 2-1 while the Lady Dragons fell to 0-3.
“We had kind of a slow start,” Ray said of the boys team. “The boys kind of did their own thing tonight. They went away from the plan from what was work our first-two games and decided they were going to do whatever it is that they wanted to do and it showed. We were down quite a bit and really fighting an uphill battle. We have been a second half team so far and have been coming from behind in every game that we have played this year, but it was too much to try and overcome.”
Trailing 13-3 at the end of the first quarter and 29-15 at the half wasn’t exactly the direction the Dragons were looking to go against Climax Springs, who entered the game at 2-1. However it went from bad to worse in the third quarter as Climax Springs came out and dominated the paint with a 21-11 advantage to extend the lead to 14 at 50-26.
Climax Springs also closed out the final five minutes in the third quarter on a 14-6 run.
The Dragons never got any closer than 16 points, which is what the final score ended, in the final period but did match Climax Springs with 16. Bunceton also closed out the final three minutes on a 7-2 run while Climax Springs led by as much as 31 at 62-31 after reeling off eight straight with 4:06 left.
Jake Reed led four players in double figures for Climax Springs with 18. Jessie McCartney chipped in 16 while Mark Henderson added 13 and Cole Smith with 11.
Climax Springs also hit on 13 of 23 shots from the foul line for 57 percent.
For Bunceton, Dillon Alpers finished the game with 15 points, four rebounds and two steals. Layne Maddex tallied 12 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist while Brayden Doyle added six points, nine rebounds, two steals and one assist, Jason Burnett five points and two rebounds and Hunter Shuffield with four points, four rebounds and one steal. Dylan Flatt also had three rebounds and one steal for the Dragons, who were 18 of 25 from the foul line for 72 percent and 12 of 46 from the field for 26 percent.
As for the Bunceton girls, they had a little better start while trailing Climax Springs by just eight (20-12) at the end of the first quarter. But even then the Lady Dragons were down by just four at 12-8 with 3:08 left in the first before allowing Climax Springs to go on a 8-0 run to extend the lead to 20-8.
Bunceton also finished the first quarter with eight turnovers. However, the turnovers continued to pile up in the second quarter as the Lady Dragons finished the period with 10.
As a result, Climax Springs went from leading by 12 by reeling off 15 straight during a two minute stretch to push the lead to 24 at 42-18 with 2:40 left in the half.
Climax Springs also outscored Bunceton 29-11 in the second quarter to lead by a score of 49-23 at the break.
Ray said the girls started off really slow and couldn’t seem to get anything going. “In the second half we turned it around and actually played the best two quarters I think that we played all year,” Ray said. “We turned what look like was going to be a pretty ugly game into a respectable loss to a good Climax Springs team. The first half we had 21 turnovers and the scoreboard showed. The second half we took care of the ball a little bit better and only had seven turnovers and were able to be productive on the offensive side. I think if we cut down on our turnovers and we take better shot opportunities and run our offense effectively, we will be better.”
The Lady Dragons did just that in the second half against Climax Springs by holding a 33-20 advantage to cut the lead back to 13.
Jayden Butterfield led three players in double figures for Climax Springs with 27 points while Autumn Wallace chipped in 16 and Maranda Burke with 12.
For Bunceton, senior Taylor Burnett had a good night offensively with 19 points with five threes. She also finished the game with two rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Madelynn Myers chipped in 15 points along with three rebounds, two assists and one steal while Cara Bishop added eight points, four rebounds and one assist, Reagan Triebsch with six points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals, Chloe Moser with six points and seven rebounds, Maddie Brandes two points and one rebound and Taylyn Heilman with two rebounds and two steals.
Bunceton also hit on 18 of 25 shots from the foul line for 72 percent and 21 of 47 from the field for 45 percent.