Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln was clicking defensively and Council Bluffs St. Albert was struggling to find its way on offense.
That combination resulted in a 53-31 blowout win for the visiting Lynx.
The Saintes entered the night averaging 55.5 points per game. But Abraham Lincoln held them to 11 of 43 shooting from the floor and 0 of 15 from 3-point range. The Lynx set a mark for its opponents’ lowest point total this season.
Abraham Lincoln showed balance on offense as well as four players scored at least nine points, led by Julia Wagoner’s 11. The Lynx shot 55 percent (22 of 40) from the field.
Abraham Lincoln coach Chad Schaa praised his team’s defense after the game.
“I thought what we did defensively, we wanted to frustrate them. I thought we did that tonight. We wanted them to take tough shots. They did that tonight. Our defense dictated the game,” Schaa said.
“We knew they had some girls that could knock down some 3s, so we really concentrated on making sure we could take those away.”
St. Albert coach Dick Wettengel was stunned as he looked at his team’s stat sheet when he realized his team was 0 of 15 from beyond the arc.
“I’m glad I didn’t pay to see this one because it was that bad on our part,” Wettengel said. “I thought our execution tonight was really, really poor. I thought our shot selection was poor at times — not always with good decisions.
“And we didn’t do a lot of just what I would call the little details right, and that snowballs on you, is what happened tonight.”
Schaa speculated that the Lynx defense may have worn on the Saintes mentally.
“I think maybe we got in their heads a little bit because of our defensive pressure we were giving them, and it was an off night for them shooting because we know St. Albert can knock those shots down,” said Schaa, whose team improves to 5-2.
“They’ve done it in the past, and they will do it the rest of the season as well.”
Wettengel said the lopsided numbers were more about his team than anything the Lynx did.
“Some of it was shot selection,” Wettengel said. “I think we had some people taking some that probably shouldn’t have been taking those shots. I’d say 70 percent of it’s our fault,”
Teagan Blackburn led St. Albert (3-4) with 11 points.
The game was even at 6-6 midway through the opening quarter before the Lynx finished the period with a 9-2 run .
Abraham Lincoln outscored the Saintes 15-8 in the first and second quarters to take a 30-16 lead into halftime.
St. Albert made just 6 of 26 from the field in the half, missing all nine of its shots from 3-point range.
The Lynx carried a 41-22 lead into the final quarter after outscoring the Saintes 11-6 in the third.
CB Abraham Lincoln (5-2)...........15 15 11 12—53
At CB St. Albert (3-4)...........................8 8 6 9—31
AL: Jillian Shanks 9, Alexis Pomernackas 7, Sam Christiansen 2, Julia Wagoner 11, Lucy Turner 9, Baylie Girres 4, Kayla Schleifman 9, Rilee Filip 2.
SA: Allie Petry 1, Bailey White 5, Emily Recher 2, Teagan Blackburn 11, Izabella Shaw 7, Jordyn Blaha 3, Makenna Shepard 2.
2018 NebHSRecruiting Top 50 Basketball Showcase testing results
The state's best boys basketball players came together for the NebHSRecruiting Top 50 showcase on Aug. 1. Here are the results from the testing portion of the camp, including height/weight, wingspan, standing reach, no-step vertical jump and handsize. All players are listed alphabetically by last name.