Lady Jays defeat Panthers, 44-33

The Lady Jays were looking to avenge a narrow loss to Royal Valley on the road earlier this season when they hosted the Panthers on Feb. 19. The dauntless sentiment was palpable for the Bluejays in the minutes leading up to the start of the rubber match game with Royal Valley.

“I have never seen a girls’ team shoot the ball as well from three-point range as Royal Valley has this season,” said Head Coach Nate Bauman. “They are a threat to get hot at any time, so, as a coach, you really feel like the game is never over. If you are up big, you always feel like they [Royal Valley] can come back quickly, and if you are down, you feel like you are just three possessions from getting blown out. This required our girls to have extreme focus on every defensive possession, and we talked about if we relax or lose focus, even for a second, it is likely to result in 3 points. Our girls accepted that challenge and held Royal Valley to 33 points to a team that averages 58 points per game this season.”

“What a challenge it was,” Coach Bauman said. “Similar to our last game versus them, we started down 11-4 in the first quarter and had to battle back.”

Leah Renyer and Melinna Schumann managed to produce the offense in the first frame with a bucket each.

“Once again it was our defense that led the way,” Coach Bauman said.

The Jays held the Panthers to just 4 points in the second frame and outscored their guests by 12 in the period. Schumann hit a pair of triples and accounted for 8 points in the second quarter, with Lukert adding 4, and Renyer and Nicole Stallbaumer chipping in 2 apiece. The Jays led 20-15 at the intermission.

Sabetha opened the second half with a 9-0 run, stretching their lead to 29-15 through the first three minutes of the third quarter. The Lady Jays held Royal Valley to just 6 points in the period with a suffocating man defense. Renyer added 6 points, Emily Krebs and Lukert each splashed crucial three-pointers, and Camryn Wessel added a bucket. Sabetha led 34-21 headed into the home stretch.

“Leah was beast on the boards with 19 rebounds to go with her 15 points for the game,” Coach Bauman said. “Melinna, Emily and Camryn did an amazing job of communicating our switches on defense and handling the ball versus their pressure.”

Sabetha staved off the Panthers final push in the final quarter and although Royal Valley outscored the Jays 12-10 in the final eight minutes, the damage was done and the Lady Jays came away with a convincing win, 44-33.

Sabetha finished the regular season with a pair of road games as they traveled to Hiawatha on Monday, Feb. 22, and to Perry-Lecompton on Tuesday, Feb. 23, before they turned their focus to sub-state.

 

2.19.2021 vs. Royal Valley ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Mary Lukert

12

3-6

1-2

3-4

1

0

1

2

1

Emily Krebs

3

0-1

1-1

0-2

5

2

2

2

3

Camryn Wessel

3

1-6

0-2

1-3

2

3

3

4

1

Melinna Schumann

9

1-5

2-7

1-2

7

2

1

0

3

Leah Renyer

15

5-9

0-0

5-13

19

1

1

3

2

Nicole Stallbaumer

2

1-3

0-0

0-4

5

0

0

2

3

Abbi Russell

0

0-1

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

0

1

Sabetha Totals

11-31 | 4-12 | 10-28 | 40 | 8 | 8 | 13 | 14 | 44

Opponent Totals

7-25 | 4-17 | 7-19 | 28 | 8 | 1 | 6 | 18 | 33

 

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