Wildcats hand Lady Jays loss at home

The Lady Jays were coming off of a win over Perry when they welcomed the Holton Wildcats to town on Friday, Feb. 17, for a rematch from week five of the season. Sabetha suffered the loss on the road in the first match-up and it was their chance to turn the tables on their visitors with a win on their home court. The Bluejays led at the end of the first quarter but were consistently outscored in the final three periods and suffered the loss, 45-28.

“I thought that we competed really well against Holton and did some things that we will be able to build off of,” said Head Coach Joseph Gruber. “We also have some things to continue to work on for the postseason.”

Senior Alexia Hayden took command of her team’s offense and had the first 5 points of the contest with a deuce and a triple to give Sabetha a 5-0 lead. Both teams sputtered offensively due to forced turnovers and unforced errors. Holton would tie the game 5-5 late in the first quarter, but junior Karsyn Meyer popped a shot that fell through the net at the buzzer and Sabetha led, 7-5.

The Wildcats went to a three-quarter court trap to start the second quarter, and the Lady Jays struggled against the pressure and it forced a lot of turnovers. Junior Audrey Herrmann managed to hit one of two free throws less than three minutes into the period and senior Camryn Duryea dropped a three-ball from the left wing with just under a minute to play. However, that was the only scoring by the Bluejays and Holton would carry the lead at the intermission, 17-11.

Senior Leah Lukert swished a triple from the top of the key to start the second half and that pulled the Jays to within 3 points of their opponent, 17-14. Hayden added a bucket and two free throws and Duryea rained down another trey, but Holton would go on a 9-0 run through the final three minutes of the third period and extend their lead to, 34-21.

Herrmann had a pair of buckets and Hayden converted a triple, but the Wildcats outscored their hosts by 4 points in the fourth quarter and secured the victory, 45-28.

Hayden had 12 points, while Duryea finished with 6 points and Herrmann had 5 points. The Bluejays had their final regular season contest on Tuesday, Feb. 20, when they traveled to Hiawatha. The results from this game were not available at The Herald’s press time.

Holton 2.16.2024 ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Karsyn Meyer

2

1-2

0-0

0-0

0

2

0

2

1

Camryn Duryea

6

0-1

2-4

0-0

0

0

2

4

0

Leah Lukert

3

0-1

1-3

0-0

2

2

2

6

3

Audrey Herrmann

5

2-2

0-0

1-2

4

0

1

2

0

Mya Grimes

0

0-1

0-0

0-0

3

1

0

2

3

Krysta Menold

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

2

1

Chloe Detweiler

0

0-1

0-1

0-0

2

0

1

0

0

Alexia Hayden

12

2-5

2-4

2-2

4

0

0

2

2

Nyah Strahm

0

0-2

0-0

0-0

1

0

1

1

3

Audrey Tramp

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jyllian Stapleton

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kiera Keim

0

0-0

0-2

0-0

0

0

0

1

1

Morgan Toedman

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTALS

Player

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

TP

Sabetha Totals

5-15

5-14

3-4

16

5

7

22

14

28

Opponent Totals

13-31

3-10

10-12

27

9

8

14

4

45

Pete Schuetz175 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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