Lady Jays keep win streak rolling against undefeated Hiawatha

The Sabetha Lady Jays hit the basketball court against an unbeaten Hiawatha Red Hawk team on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

To start the game, Hiawatha was ready to play aggressive and fast. The Lady Jays quickly found themselves trailing, 7-2. Rebounding master Halle Scoby quickly had to be benched due to a couple of early fouls. The defensive full court pressure caused Sabetha to be behind 9-6 heading into the second quarter.

The Lady Jays came out with a vengeance in the second quarter. Sophomore Alexia Hayden and Senior Jadyn Dorn found the bottom of the net with a pair of three-point shots. With Hiawatha having the chance for the last field goal attempt and possibly tie the score to close out the first half, Dorn rained on their parade with an unbelievable effort for a steal with only a few seconds left on the clock. She was barely able get a pass off to senior Emily Krebs, who had little to no time to heave a 50-footer beyond half court that swished perfectly as if it was meant to be.

“I had to get something off, so I shot up and I thought at first their player was going to block me,” Krebs said, who walked me through her mindset with the incredible half-court make. “When it went off my hands, I thought, ‘Oh that feels pretty good,’ and then I realized, oh that looks good, and then it went through, and I just lost my mind!”

With all the excitement from the second quarter and Sabetha on top, 21-15, the Red Hawks came out looking for payback and was able to capitalize off of some Lady Jay turnovers. There was a momentum shift when senior Rachel Wertenberger ripped down an authoritative offensive rebound and went right back up for a strong bucket while being fouled. The visiting Jays extended on their lead to end the third period, 33-24.

The lead would sure come in handy because the Red Hawks squad was not throwing in the towel yet, and used their size and athleticism to cut the lead down to just two points. With time winding down, a perfectly executed high-low pass from Scoby to junior Jessica Gruber put Sabetha up by 4 with one minute, 20 seconds left to play. After a last-ditch effort from Hiawatha to potentially tie the game, Gruber made a huge rebound off a missed layup and found junior Mary Lukert, who was fouled. Lukert drilled the go-ahead free throws to put a stamp on yet another big time win for Sabetha, 41-37.

Senior leader Krebs gave a great insight on what has turned this team around to be so successful.

“Now we have some really good team chemistry on the court” Krebs said. “We will focus on something every practice and find something to get better at everyday and continue to build and build until we reach our fullest potential.”

Gruber led the scoring category with 11 points, while Gruber, Lukert, Krebs, Wertenberger and Scoby each had five or more rebounds each.

“Our girls’ toughness, togetherness and confidence allowed us to withstand that run and finish out the victory,” said Head Coach Nathan Bauman, “Our confidence continues to grow, but our schedule does not get any easier, but I love where we are right now.”

 

1.11.2022 Hiawatha ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Jadyn Dorn

3

0-0

1-3

0-1

1

0

2

1

2

Mary Lukert

7

1-3

1-6

2-2

8

4

0

2

0

Emily Krebs

5

1-4

1-3

0-0

7

6

0

2

1

Rachel Wertenberger

5

2-6

0-0

1-1

7

0

2

2

3

Halle Scoby

4

2-5

0-0

0-0

7

1

0

0

4

Alexia Hayden

3

0-0

1-1

0-0

0

1

0

0

2

Jessica Gruber

11

5-11

0-0

1-2

5

0

0

1

2

Mikenna Haverkamp

3

1-1

0-0

1-2

2

0

0

0

1

Sabetha Totals

12-30 | 4-13 | 5-8 | 37 | 12 | 4 | 8 | 15 | 41

Opponent Totals

11-33 | 3-27 | 6-11 | 31 | 9 | 9 | 5 | 13 | 37

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