Bunceton Lady Dragons basketball coach Dustin Ray had one word to describe the first half Friday night against the La Monte Lady Vikings: poor.
Although the Lady Dragons still managed to play La Monte to a 24-24 tie in the first half, Ray said the girls came out and turned it on in the second half which resulted in their highest scoring game yet.
Bunceton wound up winning 73-47 to improve to 6-10 on the season.
“A very poor showing first half for this team,” Ray said. “We did not play well at all, but they turned it on in the second half. Everybody put points on the board for us.”
Despite trailing by three (13-10) at the end of one, the Lady Dragons appeared to find a more solid footing in the second quarter by rallying back with a 14-11 advantage to tie the game at 24-all. Bunceton never trailed after that by outscoring La Monte 28-14 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 52-38. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Dragons added to their with a 21-9 advantage to win the game by 26.
Chloe Moser finished the game with a double-double for Bunceton with 22 points, 16 rebounds, six steals and three assists.
Taylor Burnett tallied 17 points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist while Madelynn Myers added 15 points, 11 rebounds and two steals, Cara Bishop 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, Maddie Brandes eight points, five rebounds and one assist and Lexi Hein with one point and two rebounds.
Bunceton also finished the game, hitting 25 of 70 shots from the field for 36 percent and 18 of 39 from the foul line for 46 percent.
For La Monte, Claire Oehrke had 15 points.
La Monte (B) 61
Bunceton 55
The Bunceton boys basketball team had one bad quarter and that proved to be the difference Friday night on the road against La Monte.
The Dragons, dropping to 7-9 on the season, led La Monte 14-10 after one but then had the game tied going into the half at 30-all. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, the Dragons came out and outscored the Vikings 17-15 to lead by two at 47-45. However, in the final period, La Monte came back and held a 16-8 advantage to win the game by six.
Rat said fatigue set in for their third game of the week. “We are a good defensive team but that was where we struggled in this game,” Ray said. “We could not defend without fouling, and then we lost the game at the free throw line.”
Gavin Johnson had 21 points to lead all scorers for La Monte. Cole Scott chipped in 15, Jaden Harshner 13 and Zach Weber with 10.
For Bunceton, Jason Burnett finished the game with 20 points, six rebounds and four steals. Hunter Shuffield contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and one assist while Dillon Alpers added 10 points and four rebounds, Brayden Doyle six points and four rebounds, Dylan Flatt three points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist and Layne Maddex with two points, eight rebounds and two assists.
The Dragons also finished the game, hitting 22 of 64 shots from the field for 34 percent and 10 of 18 from the foul line for 56 percent.