With just two games Monday night in the Class 1 District 9 Tournament in Pilot Grove, who would have thought that the very first game would spark an upset between No. 5 Bunceton girls and No. 4 Chamois.
But that’s exactly what happened as the Lady Dragons overcame a four point deficit at the midway point in the fourth quarter to beat Chamois 46-40.
In the only other game, No. 3 Jamestown upended No. 6 Prairie Home 64-45.
Bunceton will now face top-seeded Pilot Grove in the semifinal round on Wednesday at 6 p.m. while No. 2 Otterville battles Jamestown in the second semifinal at 7:30.
While the win improved Bunceton’s record to 11-13 overall, head coach Dustin Ray said this was a great win for the girls. “We took down a higher seed in the opening round of districts by beating a good shooting Chamois team,” Ray said. “Our ball movement was very solid last night for the most of the game. We took an early lead and decided to give it all back in the third quarter. The girls fought hard and were able to pull off a win. I am very proud of how they hit the boards and kept their head in the game.”
Although the Lady Dragons missed their first-six shots to start the game, they quickly made up it by going 5 of 9 for the rest of the period to lead Chamois 11-4.
Bunceton also hit the boards hard in the first half by out-rebounding the Lady Pirates 25-11. But even then Chamois kept the game close behind the shooting of sophomore Katie Keiholz, who scored 10 of the team’s 16 points with three threes to cut the lead to six (26-20) at the break.
Of course if there was one quarter the Lady Dragons would like to have back it would be the third period as Chamois held a 12-3 advantage to go up by three 32-29.
Although Bunceton scored just three points in the third quarter and allowed Chamois to go on a 10-0 run over the final four minutes, they also had seven turnovers and were out-rebounded 12-7.
The Lady Dragons didn’t back down, though. While being limited to just one shot in the third quarter by Chamois pressure defense, Bunceton came out to start the fourth quarter with back to back baskets by junior Chloe Moser to put the Lady Dragons on top 33-32 with 6:38 left. Then, after a three by sophomore Makenna Wuelling and Keiholz to push the lead back up to four at 38-34 for Chamois with 5:35 remaining, Bunceton went on a 10-0 run behind the shooting of Cara Bishop, Madelynn Myers and Moser to make it 44-38.
Chamois never got any closer than four points for the rest of the game as Myers came back with two free throws and a big-time block in the final minute to seal the victory.
Moser finished the game with a double-double for Bunceton with 15 points and 16 rebounds along with two steals and two assists. Myers chipped in 12 points along with two rebounds, one steal and one assist while Bishop added 10 points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist, Maddie Brandes five points, 11 rebounds, one steal and one assist, Taylor Burnett two points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal and Taylyn Heilman with two points and two rebounds.
The Lady Dragons also finished the game shooting 38 percent from the field and 69 percent from the foul line.
For Chamois, Wuelling had 16 while Keiholz and Madison Uffelamn added 11 points each.
In the second game, the Prairie Home Lady Panthers kept the game close against Jamestown while trailing by just five (13-8) at the end of one quarter.
However in the second period, Jamestown outscored Prairie Home 15-10 behind the hot shooting of senior McKenzie Hargis, who scored her 16th point of the game at the buzzer to closeout the first half.
The Lady Eagles led 28-18 at the break and then came out and held a 19-14 advantage in the third quarter, which included a 13-0 run to extend the lead to 21 at 41-20 with 4:47 left. Prairie Home was able to cut the lead back to 15 in the final minute of the period with a three by sophomore Maggie Wood and a two from freshman Paiton Williams to make it 47-32.
The Lady Panthers never got any closer as Jamestown extended the lead back to 21 by outscoring Prairie Home 17-13 in the final period for the victory.
Hargis led three players in double figures and seven in scoring for Jamestown with 18 points. Chiane Harlan chipped in 16 points while Maddie Sedgwick added 11.
For Prairie Home, who finished the season at 2-21, Maggie Wood had 17, Kelsey Watson nine, Ashlyn Twenter seven, Paiton Williams six and Savanna Tracy and Madison Bishop each with three.
Prairie Home also finished 3 of 7 from the foul line for 43 percent while Jamestown connected on 7 of 13 shots for 54 percent.
Tournament action will continue tonight on the boys side of the bracket, with No. 3 Jamestown playing No. 6 Bunceton at 3 p.m., followed by No. 1 Chamois versus No. 8 MSD at 4:30, No. 4 Pilot Grove versus No. 5 Otterville at 6 and No. 2 Prairie Home versus No. 2 Columbia Independent at 7:30.