Hot shooting leads to Sabetha win over Grizzlies

The Lady Jays picked a win on the consolation side of the bracket over Paola and faced the Labette County Grizzlies in their final contest of the Burlington Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 21. Sabetha entered the game with a laser focus and set the nets on fire, knocking down five triples in the opening quarter to go on to win the game, 52-43.

“Our girls came out on fire on Saturday as we connected on five three-pointers in the first quarter and eight in the first half to build a nine-point lead,” said Head Coach Nate Bauman.

Senior Mary Lukert had a bead on the bottom of the net and flushed four treys in the first period alone. Junior Alexia Hayden ruffled the nylon with a triple as well and senior Jessica Gruber had 4 points, all to help Sabetha jump out to a 21-13 advantage at the end of one period of play.

Gruber hit a triple in the second, as did Lukert and senior Trinity Detweiler, and the Lady Jays increased their lead to 32-23 at halftime.

“Labette County is a talented and competitive team, however, and they fought back to close the gap to four entering the fourth quarter,” Coach Bauman said.

The Grizzlies outscored the Bluejays 13-8 in the third quarter to climb back into the contest. Lukert had 5 points in the third and senior Halle Scoby added a bucket. Sabetha would lead 40-36 headed into the home stretch.

“Some timely free throw shooting and a big corner three from Alexia [Hayden], Lukert with the assist, provided enough margin for us to come away with another hard fought victory,” Coach Bauman said.

Sabetha’s defense was unforgiving in the fourth quarter and held Labette County to just 7 points. The Lady Jays managed just two field goals in the final frame, but Lukert was 5-5 from the stripe and had 7 points, and Hayden swished a triple and a free throw in the effort. The Bluejays earned the hard-fought victory, defeating the Grizzlies, 52-43.

Lukert finished the night with 27 points, seven rebounds and three assists, and averaged 19 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and four steals for the tournament.

“Any time you can get two wins at Burlington, it is a good week and, more importantly, I thought we got tougher, both physically and mentally, which is going to serve us well as we head into the second half of the season,” Coach Bauman said. “I told the girls that I don’t believe we would have beaten Labette had we not played physical games versus Ottawa and Paola earlier in the week. Our ability to turn the page and focus on the possession at hand was key to overcoming adversity and coming away with a great win!”

Labette County G3 1.21.23 ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Mary Lukert

27

2-6

5-11

8-10

7

3

0

1

2

Alexia Hayden

7

0-1

2-7

1-2

1

0

0

0

2

Jessica Gruber

10

3-5

1-2

1-4

4

4

1

0

1

Halle Scoby

4

2-2

0-1

0-0

10

4

1

2

3

Mikenna Haverkamp

1

0-2

0-2

1-4

2

3

2

0

0

Carly Hartter

0

0-0

0-3

0-0

1

1

0

1

0

Trinity Detweiler

3

0-0

1-1

0-0

1

0

0

0

0

Sabetha Totals

7-16 | 9-27 | 11-20 | 26 | 15 | 4 | 4 | 8 | 52

Opponent Totals

12-26 | 6-24 | 1-2 | 31 | 16 | 3 | 4 | 18 | 43

Pete Schuetz157 Posts

Pete Schuetz is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where he has been on staff since 2022. Pete is a retired teacher from the USD 113 Prairie Hills School district. He lives in Sabetha with his wife and one of his two sons.

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