Lady Jays are outscored by Hiawatha, 38-49

The Sabetha Lady Jays played their final home game of the season against the Hiawatha Red Hawks and came up short, 49-38.

All five of the seniors made the start, and Rachel Wertenberger got the momentum rolling going two-for-two from the floor. Outside of that was a struggle to find a consistent offensive rhythm plagued by turnovers and the ball not falling through the hoop. The last time these two teams met, the Lady Red Hawks were only able to convert a single three-point shot, but this game was different as they hit from beyond the arch eight different times. At the end of the first period, Sabetha trailed, 16-6.

Sabetha did not quit though. They were able to keep the game competitive after a three-point make from junior Mary Lukert, as well as Halle Scoby able to score down low on two separate occasions. Unfortunately, Hiawatha shut down every attempted run from Sabetha and answered with a bucket as well. Heading into halftime, the Lady Red Hawks extended their lead, 15-29.

“I think we could have played better defense, but I think we really excelled with getting the ball to the inside,” said junior Jessica Gruber, who was able to connect for 10 points in the game.

Gruber was able to find her stroke after hitting a couple of jump shots in the third quarter, but Hiawatha didn’t seem to be phased as they also were scoring in the paint and from the three-point range. Watching the Lady Jays team all season has shown they refuse to quit until the final buzzer, and the fourth period displayed their grit and fight as they were able to outscore Hiawatha 13-10 in the final quarter. Junior’s Scoby and Gruber combined for 8 points in the last quarter while seniors Emily Krebs and Jadyn Dorn also tallied some vital scoring. However, the Lady Jays couldn’t escape with the comeback victory and took a loss.

One positive was that Senior Night took place.

“I was so excited to get to cheer on the seniors like they do for me every game,” Gruber said. “I speak for the rest of my teammates in saying that we will miss them all so much after this year.”

Head Coach Nathan Bauman of course would have liked to gain another win on their record this year, but he was dialed in on the positive takeaways from the evening.

“I was still very pleased with how we competed to the end,” Coach Bauman said. “I think we found some different things we can do against them for next time. We started all of our seniors, which was very special. Some have played more varsity minutes than others, but they all have had an incredible impact on me and on Lady Jays basketball over their four years.”

Despite the loss, the silver lining was the outcome of this game did not affect Sabetha’s seeding in the sub-state tournament.

With the loss, the Bluejays finished the season 9-11 overall. Sabetha took the No. 6 seed in Sub-State and traveled to Nemaha Central to take on the 15-5 Nemaha Central Thunder in opening round action. These results were not available at The Herald’s press time.

2.22.2022 Hiawatha ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Jadyn Dorn

2

1-1

0-2

0-0

6

3

2

2

4

Mary Lukert

5

1-1

1-6

0-0

5

5

2

1

0

Emily Krebs

5

2-7

0-3

1-4

2

3

3

3

2

Rachel Wertenberger

6

2-5

0-0

2-2

3

0

1

0

1

Halle Scoby

8

4-9

0-0

0-1

4

0

0

0

0

Alexia Hayden

0

0-1

0-4

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

Kendall Edelman

0

0-0

0-1

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

Jessica Gruber

10

5-10

0-0

0-0

4

1

1

1

2

Kinzey Meyer

0

0-0

0-1

0-0

1

0

0

0

1

Mikenna Haverkamp

2

0-1

0-0

2-2

1

1

0

0

0

Sabetha Totals

15-35 | 1-17 | 5-9 | 26 | 13 | 9 | 7 | 10 | 38

Opponent Totals

10-24 | 8-18 | 5-8 | 25 | 15 | 7 | 4 | 11 | 49

 

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