VALENTINE RUNS AWAY WITH CHADRON ROTARY GIRLS TITLE

Posted 10 months ago

By John Axtell

Basketball Holiday TournamentWith no player on the roster over 5-7, Valentine used a pressing pressure defense and running offense to beat Buffalo, Wyo, 58-36 in the championship game of the 3rd annual Chadron Rotary – George Watson Holiday Basketball Tournament.

Hemingford topped Crawford 46-32 in the girls 3rd place game.

The Badgers used the same pattern against Buffalo on Saturday that they did Friday against Hemingford: jumping out to a big early lead and never letting their opponent get back in.

Valentine led 21-10 after a quarter on Friday and started even stronger against Buffalo with a 20-4 margin. The lead grew to 35-13 at the half and 47-22 after three quarters.

The Badgers had 3 players reach double digits in points. Emily Perrett led the way with 16 while Brittney O’Kief and Lindsay Fay each had 11. Meghan Ramey was the only Buffalo player to reach double figures with 11.

The third place game saw both teams start slow with Hemingford leading the Rams 6-4. The Bobcats pushed the margin to 19-15 at intermission and 31-23 after three quarters before leading by double figures most of the fourth quarter.

Brooke Tourek and Precious Campbell combined to equal the output of the entire Crawford team as Tourek scored 23 and Campbell 9. Lacie Lietka was the only Ram in double figures with 13.

 Third place

Hemingford             6         13          12         15         —46

Crawford                  4         11            8            9         —32

Hemingford-Brooke Turek 23, Precious Campbell 9, Christian Rozmiarek 6, Natalie Gasseling 6, Faith Rohrbouck 2. Totals: 18 10-18 46 points.

Crawford-Lacie Lietka 13, Jesse Underwood 5, Kalen Nedella 4, Haley Hanks 4, Bryttnee Lemmon 4, Kaitlyn Rudloff 2. Totals: 12 (1) 5-17 32 points.

3-pointers: Craw-Lietka.

Championship

Valentine           20           14           12           12          —-58

Buffalo                  4             9             9            14         —-36

Valentine-Emily Perrett 16, Brittney O’Kief 11, Lindsay Fay 11, Brianna Bussinger 6, Emily Medley 6, Macy Mathis 4, Jalynn Willcuts 2, Sheyenne Long 2. Totals: 21 (4) 12-19 58 points.

Buffalo-Meghan Ramey 11, Tana Dahlberg 9, Hanna Peterson 7, Tyelynn Myers 6, Olivia Spanos 2, Morgan Daley 1. Totals: 14 (1) 7-13 36 points.

3-pointers: Val-Perrett 2, Medley 2. Buff-Dahlberg 1.