Lady Jays compete in Burlington Tournament

The Sabetha Lady Jays traveled to Burlington for their mid-season tournament last week. The Lady Jays met up with Silver Lake first and fell, 52-40. Then, they met up with Ottawa and won by a score of 43-38. Following their win, they met up with Paola to play for fifth place. Sabetha would end up falling, 32-30.

Silver Lake

The Sabetha girls met up with the undefeated and No. 1 ranked Silver Lake Eagles to begin the Burlington tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

The Lady Jays had their hands full right from the tip off. There was a sense of determination from Sabetha on the defensive end particularly from junior Mary Lukert, who recorded three steals in the first quarter alone and was able to bat down several other passes.

“We were wanting to be extra aggressive on the defensive end as a team, whether it was pressing or being aggressive on the perimeter,” Lukert said. “They did hit some threes to start, but I thought we handled it pretty well.”

Despite the intensity from Sabetha, the Lady Eagles were still having their way with both dominant inside post play and hitting from beyond the arch. The Lady Jays couldn’t seem to convert from the field like normal in the first quarter either and the score read 7-14 with a Silver Lake lead.

In the second period, there was an exchange of baskets between the two teams, and Lukert went off with back-to-back three-pointers and going two-for-two from the free throw line. Sabetha was able to get within 4 points with three minutes to go in the half. After a Silver Lake timeout, the Lady Eagles got in sync with a run of three-point makes and the Lady Jays headed into the halftime break down, 33-20.

The second half showed why Silver Lake is undefeated and ranked first in the state as they were able to execute through Sabetha’s double team post with great ball movement and hitting shots both inside and from deep. The Lady Jays showed heart despite being undersized. 

“When one person gets down, the whole team rallies around them,” Lukert said. “I’m proud of how we shared the ball tonight and just gave it our very best effort.”

The Lady Jays were defeated 52-40 at the final buzzer, but they will have a rematch with Silver Lake next Friday, Jan. 28, and possibly in the Sub-State tournament.

“Tough loss for us tonight, but I thought our girls played extremely hard and battled all the way to the end,” said Head Coach Nathan Bauman. “It was a great experience for us to play another undefeated state-ranked team and proving we could go toe-to-toe with them.”

Ottawa

The Sabetha Lady Jays moved on to the second round of the Burlington Tournament against the Ottawa Cyclones on Friday, Jan. 21.

It was apparent from the get-go that Ottawa was an athletic and aggressive team. However, after losing a hard-fought battle against undefeated Silver Lake, the Lady Jays were playing with a chip on their shoulder. Sabetha was ahead on the scoreboard after the first quarter, 12-10.

In the second period, Sabetha was feeling the strong defensive pressure from the Cyclones. There was a noticeable struggle with ball control and converting any shots. Despite not having their best eight minutes of play, the Lady Jays were only down by 2 points heading into halftime.

“We just knew we had to stick together as a team,” said junior Jessica Gruber. “We had confidence in each other as a unit and knew we didn’t need to spread apart and think that one person needed to save us. As a team, we knew we just needed to work together.”

Gruber nailed it on the head with her comments as the third quarter showed an unselfish and hardworking team that played great team basketball. There were multiple back and forth runs by both teams.

Senior Emily Krebs played the part of floor general finding her teammates with great penetration and kick outs to open teammates. Krebs was able to get the game tied after putting her defender on skates with her infamous killer crossover and driving the basketball in for a made layup while being fouled and then swishing her free throw.

Cyclones didn’t layover and give up though. They were able to go on a 5-0 run and were up 4 points going into the final period. Krebs was a wizard in the fourth quarter scoring on jump shots, free throws down the stretch and finding opening teammates. Benefiting from her great court vision was sophomore Alexia Hayden nailing a three-point shot, and senior Rachel Wertenberger was able to connect by the basket. Rebounds were dominated in the clutch from Gruber, Wertenberger and junior Halle Scoby that helped secure the win for Sabetha, 43-38.

The man-to-man defensive intensity brought on to the guards of Sabetha throughout the game was rescued many times by great post play.

“My team needs me to have a big inside presence due to the guards getting pressured and they can pass it down to us posts,” Gruber said. “From there the defense will collapse and I can usually pass it back out for a clean set shot for my teammates, but we also can score inside if need be.”

Head coach Nathan Bauman was very pleased with the way his squad responded with the adversity from the game.

“What a great win for us!” Coach Bauman said. “We had to show our toughness to match their intensity and come out with the victory.”

Paola

Coming off an exciting win the day before, the Lady Jays looked to improve their record by taking on the Paola Panthers on Saturday, Jan. 22.

The game started off with a fast-paced tempo coming from both teams. Senior Emily Krebs led the charge with a bucket of her own, as well as finding open teammates. Sabetha came out with a full court press, and junior Mary Lukert and senior Jadyn Dorn took advantage with a couple steals to throw up any offensive rhythm for the Panthers. The Lady Jays were down only 7-9 heading the second quarter.

Sabetha found their groove with suffocating zone defense that didn’t give away any easy baskets. The Lady Jays were able to hold the Panthers to only 2 points in the second quarter. Some timely buckets were put in by Jessica Gruber, Krebs and Mikenna Haverkamp. The score was in favor of Sabetha, 15-11, heading into halftime.

“I just want to be a person that encourages my teammates and continues to push them to be their best throughout the game,” said Dorn, who led the front on defense for the Lady Jays.

Getting the second half going displayed Sabetha continuing with their smothering defense. Krebs connected on a three-point play after driving hard to the basket for the make while being fouled and drilling free throws, and then a few possessions later, she found sophomore Alexia Hayden in the corner, who made a big time three-point shot to extend the lead. Then 15 seconds later, everyone experienced déjà vu as Krebs once again found Hayden, who had ice in her veins and nailed another trey ball. Sabetha built on their lead and was up 7 points going into the fourth quarter.

In the final period, Sabetha competed hard as always, but Paola slowly chipped away at the lead that turned into an insane last 60 seconds. The Panthers were able to force two turnovers onto the Lady Jays and then capitalized with two three pointers that put the game out of reach for Sabetha, making the final score 32-30. Certainly, this was a painful ending, but Dorn remains optimistic and was focused on the benefits that came from the tournament.

“It was a tough game, but we grew as a team together and individually. We will take away from the tournament on how to work through the different challenges and adversity,” Dorn said. “Playing these bigger schools definitely helps us for the second half of the season and post season play to be stronger and more confident with the basketball and work together as a team.”

Coach Bauman gave insight after the gut-wrenching loss and is looking to next Friday.

“This was a really heartbreaking loss as we played extremely hard,” Coach Bauman said. “Our challenge now is to bounce back at practice this week as we get the opportunity prepare for a really good Silver Lake team later this week.”

The Lady Jays will take on Silver Lake on Friday, Jan. 28, at home.

1.18.2022 Burlington Tourney ISSUE – Silver Lake

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Jadyn Dorn

0

0-1

0-1

0-0

1

1

1

2

0

Mary Lukert

17

3-8

2-6

5-6

8

3

5

1

2

Emily Krebs

9

2-4

1-5

2-4

3

2

0

0

3

Rachel Wertenberger

2

0-3

0-0

2-2

0

0

1

2

1

Halle Scoby

5

2-4

0-0

1-2

6

1

1

1

2

Alexia Hayden

0

0-1

0-1

0-0

1

1

1

0

0

Jessica Gruber

7

3-9

0-0

1-6

1

0

1

1

2

Sabetha Totals

10-30 | 3-13 | 11-20 | 20 | 8 | 10 | 7 | 10 | 40

Opponent Totals

16-26 | 5-19 | 5-7 | 28 | 4 | 0 | 2 | 11 | 52

 

1.21.2022 Burlington Tourney 11 ISSUE vs. Ottawa

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Jadyn Dorn

4

0-1

1-5

1-2

4

0

3

0

0

Mary Lukert

7

2-5

1-10

0-1

5

0

3

2

1

Emily Krebs

11

1-5

1-5

6-8

2

6

6

0

1

Rachel Wertenberger

5

1-2

0-0

3-4

2

1

0

1

2

Halle Scoby

2

1-2

0-0

0-1

4

1

2

0

2

Alexia Hayden

5

1-3

1-5

0-2

2

0

2

0

1

Jessica Gruber

9

4-7

0-0

1-2

3

1

1

4

1

Mikenna Haverkamp

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

1

0

Sabetha Totals

10-25 | 4-25 | 11-20 | 22 | 9 | 17 | 8 | 8 | 43

Opponent Totals

10-22 | 5-13 | 3-8 | 23 | 10 | 5 | 5 | 15 | 38

 

1.22.2022 Burlington Tourney ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Jadyn Dorn

0

0-2

0-2

0-0

1

0

2

0

0

Mary Lukert

4

1-3

0-4

2-7

1

1

2

0

3

Emily Krebs

10

4-6

0-4

2-4

6

5

1

0

2

Rachel Wertenberger

2

1-3

0-0

0-2

3

0

0

0

2

Halle Scoby

1

0-4

0-0

1-2

4

1

0

0

3

Alexia Hayden

6

0-0

2-4

0-0

2

0

2

0

0

Jessica Gruber

5

2-5

0-0

1-4

4

0

2

1

3

Mikenna Haverkamp

2

1-3

0-0

0-0

2

0

0

0

1

Sabetha Totals

9-26 | 2-14 | 6-19 | 23 | 7 | 9 | 1 | 14 | 30

Opponent Totals

9-21 | 3-15 | 6-13 | 16 | 1 | 6 | 3 | 18 | 33

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