Clay Center Community Middle School eighth grade girls’ basketball squads took on Fort Riley Monday, Nov. 1 and came away with one win and one loss.
Despite a valiant effort in the third quarter, the “A” team “had too many turnovers and too many fouls to pull off the comeback” according to head Coach Dick Ahlberg of the 35-22 loss. “We had a poor first half, failing to adjust to their speed,” he continued.
The Lady Bengals were outscored in the first and second periods, 10-2 and 7-4, respectively.
“They came out after halftime and made it a game, cutting an 11-point deficit to three after a 10-2 run,” added Ahlberg, but it wasn’t enough as CCCMS was outscored 14-6 in the fourth.
The balanced scoring was led by Savanah Bloomdahl with six, while adding four apiece were Brenna Long, Boston Craig, Miley McGee, and Braylee Langvardt. The leading scorer for FRMS had 13 points.
Rebounding leaders were Langvardt and Bloomdahl with six each, while Long (who also had three steals) pulled down five and McGee had four. Langvardt and Pfizenmaier had one assist apiece.
The team had a poor assist to turnover ratio, and had trouble getting their free throws to fall, hitting just two of nine for 22 percent, while Fort Riley sunk 10 of 20. The loss makes the “A” team’s record 1-1.
The “B” team Lady Bengals came away with a 20-14 win by outscoring their opponents in all but the fourth quarter (5-0, 5-4, 6-5, 4-5).
“The girls continue to play hard and showed some offensive improvement today,” said Assistant Coach Traci McDonald. “Lots of team members (are) making contributions.”
Leading all scorers was Aubrey Tadtman with six. Right behind her with five and four, respectively, were Pfizenmaier and McGee. Janae Wolf and Diana Cisneros added two points apiece while Annalea Hendrickson had one.
Hendrickson pulled down five rebounds, and Kelly Martin and Pfizenmaier grabbed three each. Those with steals were Pfizenmaier with five, and Wolf and Cisneros at three apiece.
The Lady Bengals shot 44 percent from the charity stripe, while Fort Riley only hit 14 percent.
The squads took on Susan B. Anthony Middle School in Manhattan Thursday, Nov. 4. Please see Tuesday’s newspaper for results.