The 8th grade Lady Bengal basketball squads of Clay Center Community Middle School have seen a lot of action recently.

Traveling to Marysville Nov. 9, CCCMS dropped a pair: “A” team lost 19-11, and “B” team came up short 30-22.

The “A” team was outscored by their hosts in all but one quarter behind balanced scoring with Boston Craig leading the way with four. Right behind were Braylee Langvardt with three, and Miley McGee and Savanah Bloomdahl at two apiece.

“Our girls really play hard,” said Coach Dick Ahlberg. “It was a competitive game against a quality team.”

Langvardt led the team in rebounds with six, while McGee pulled down four and added six steals. Brenna Long had five steals.

The “B” team was also outscored by McPherson in all but one quarter.

“We had good contributions by many players today,” said Assistant Coach Traci McDonald.

Long led the team in scoring and steals with 10 and four, respectively. Kylie Pfizenmaier added six points and pulled down a team-leading four rebounds, while putting up two points apiece were Langvardt, Aubrey Tadtman, and Annalea Hendrickson. Kelly Martin grabbed three boards, Janae Wolf had three steals and Hendrickson got two.

Marysville proved too much for the Lady Bengals as they came to town Nov. 8, handing CCCMS losses with 25-15 for the “A” team, and 12-3 “B” team (shortened to two quarters).

Bloomdahl led the “A” team scorers with nine, adding two blocked shots. Pfizenmaier scored four points and Craig dropped in two.

Langvardt led the Lady Bengals with five boards, while Craig and Long grabbed four steals each. McGee led in assists with two.

“We need to learn to value the possession of the ball,” explained Ahlberg. “Unforced errors and missed opportunities hurt our offensive efficiency. We played hard today, just not well.” The coach noted CCCMS had 20 turnovers.

In the “B” game, Tadtman scored all three of the Lady Bengals’ three points in the second quarter.

Rebounding leaders were Wolf and Pfizenmaier with three apiece. Tadtman and Matin had two and one steals, respectively.

“Our girls are continuing to learn,” said McDonald.

The Clay Center squads were no match for Susan B. Anthony Middle School, traveling to Manhattan Nov. 4. The “A” team lost 43-9. The Lady Bengals had balanced scoring from Pfizenmaier, four; Langvardt, three; and Craig, two.

Bloomdahl had the hot hands in rebounding as she grabbed eight, while McGee pulled down five. Craig and Langvardt added two steals each, while Long had two assists. Turnovers continued to plague the Lady Bengals with 20.

“They have really good depth, and pretty good shooters,” said Ahlberg. “Playing a quality opponent like this will make us better in the long run.”

In the “B” team loss, 31-4, Diana Cisneros scored two points while adding one each were Wolf and Langvardt. Pulling down rebounds to lead the team were Langvardt with four, McGee at three, and Tadtman had two. Langvardt and Wolf each grabbed two steals.