YORK - Nothing unusual, no surprises as the girls’ Crossroads Conference Tournament opened at the York City Auditorium on Saturday.
All first round games went pretty much as expected, however the No. 7 seed Osceola Bulldogs were pushed to the limit by the No. 10 Dorchester Longhorns.
Osceola hit just 11-63 shots from the floor, but survived to move on to the next round with a 34-25 win over the Longhorns.
In the first game of the tournament Meridian, the No. 8 seed, got past No. 9 High Plains 44-34 and Cross County, the No. 6 seed, settled the issues with No. 11 McCool Junction early in a 71-29 cakewalk.
Osceola 34, Dorchester 25
The two teams combined for 49 turnovers, but it was the seven committed by the Longhorns in the fourth quarter that would end up sealing their fate.
Osceola led 20-18 as the two teams went to the final eight minutes, but Dorchester started to have problems with the Bulldogs’ pressure and were out-scored 14-7 in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs suffered a horrific night from the field as the hit just 11-63 shots for 19 percent, but held the Longhorns to just 27 shots in the game and forced the Dorchester girls into 31 turnovers. The Longhorns were 8-27 from the floor. The teams were a combined 4-20 from the 3-point circle, both hitting two in the game.
Osceola was 10-20 from the free throw line, while the Longhorns were 6-7.
Osceola was led by Lauryn Gustafson who scored 11 of her game-high 15 points in the fourth, while Kenady Kuhnel finished with six.
Dorchester was led by Lydia Kahle with 12. Avery Behrens and Brooke Zoubek chipped in four apiece.
Dorchester (1-14) ............ 4 6 8 7—25
Osceola (6-8) ............ 4 8 8 14—34
DHS: A. Behrens 4, L. Kahle 12, B. Zoubek 4, L. Wells 2, C. Bors 3.
OHS: H. Walgren 2, K. Kuhnel 6, L. Gustafson 15, C. Fisher 3, J. Brouillette 2, B. Johnson 2, A. Lotspeich 4.
Cross County 71, McCool Junction 19
It was 21-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Cougars played 10 girls and all 10 scored before the final horn sounded.
McCool Junction could not establish any kind of an offensive flow and was 4-44 from the floor, while the Cougars were pumping in shots to the tune of 52 percent, connecting on 29-57 from the field.
The Cougars were also as effective from the 3-point circle as they hit 6-12 in the game and went 7-13 at the charity stripe. The Mustangs were 1-13 from the 3-point arc and 10-21 at the free throw line.
Both teams had a pretty low turnover count as the Mustangs were charted with 13 and Cross County 9.
The Cross County girls were led by Megan Pallas with 14, Sadey Waller and Morgan Mickey added 10 and Emily Larson finished with nine.
McCool Junction got 10 points from senior Brooklyn Swantek and three each from Tyra Johnson and Valerie Hess.
McCool Junction (1-14) ........... 3 8 5 3—19
Cross County (10-6) ............ 21 19 15 16—71
MCJ: B. Swantek 10, T. Johnson 3, B. Fisher 2, V. Hess 3, B. Verhage 1.
CC: M. Mickey 10, B. Kleinschmidt 2, M. Pallas 14, T. Nienhueser 8, S. Waller 10, E. Larson 9, K. Anderson 8, M. Klein 3, B. Anderson 5. N. Kerwood 2.
Meridian 44, High Plains 34
The High Plains Storm’s bid to win their second game in a row went up in smoke in the second quarter in the first game of the CRC Tournament on Saturday.
Leading 8-6 at the end of the first quarter, High Plains turned the ball over eight times in the second quarter, leading to 11 points for the Meridian Mustangs.
Meridian used the Storm’s ball control issues to out-score the HP girls 19-6 in the second quarter and take a 25-14 lead to the half and the Mustangs made that cushion hold up.
High Plains out-scored the Mustangs 20-19 in the second half, but could never put together a run to get within striking range.
High Plains was led in scoring by Sidney Goertzen with eight, Danielle Shenk added seven and Morgan VanHousen was charted with six. The Storm was 12-53 from the field overall and that included 2-14 from the 3-point circle. They were 8-14 at the charity stripe.
Meridian was led by Blair Hofstetter as she was unstoppable with 28 points and Miranda Johnson added eight. Meridian was 18-54 from the field, 1-5 from the 3-point arc and 7-17 at the free throw line.
High Plains had 22 turnovers, while the Mustangs recorded 24.
High Plains (2-12) ................ 8 6 8 12—34
Meridian (6-10) ............... 6 19 9 10—44
HP: M. VanHousen 6, S. Goertzen 8, R. Beck 2, M. Fitzgerald 1, S. Dittmer 2, D. Shenk 7, E. Kuhn 5, L. Eberle 2, A. Scherer 1.
MHS: M. Johnson 8, B. Hofstetter 28, A. Soukup 2, M. Schaefer 4, B. Jackson 2.