Archive for Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bonner Springs girls dominate KCC in tournament opener

January 27, 2011, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: January 28, 2011, 11:13 a.m.

Three days after the Bonner Springs High School boys basketball team brought home a tournament championship, the BSHS girls took the first step toward a tournament title of their own.

The Braves opened play in the Wellsville Top Gun Tournament Tuesday with a 45-28 rout of Kansas City Christian.

Bonner Springs was in control from start to finish, and it was the latest in a string of games this season where the Braves have maintained a consistent level of play.

“We are really excited about the level we are playing at this year,” coach Clay Oakes said. “We still have a ways to go to reach the level we would like to reach, but we are steering in the right direction. The team is really working hard in practice each day to make one another better. Their hard work has carried over into the game.”

Bonner Springs set the tone early as it jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the first quarter. The Braves were sparked by some strong defensive play that led to easy baskets on offense.

KCC settled down a bit in the second quarter and kept things close while Anna Deegan — who had a hot hand for the Braves — sat with foul trouble. Still, BSHS maintained a 22-15 lead at halftime.

Just like they did to start the first half, the Braves opened the second half with a strong effort. They used a 12-5 third-quarter run to push the lead to double figures and never looked back after that.

“We went out and took it to them the first few minutes of the second half,” Oakes said. “We limited the number of shots they got off and controlled the boards. We were able to limit them to 15 shots for the half.”

Emily Wilson led Bonner Springs with 14 points, Deegan scored 10, and Yessenia Hernandez and Erin Marx added 6 apiece.

Bonner Springs (5-2) will face Baldwin at 5:15 p.m. today in the tournament semifinals. The winner will play in the finals at 8 p.m. Saturday. The loser will play in the third-place game at 5 p.m. Saturday.

“They are a very good team,” Oakes said of Baldwin. “They are 8-1 on the season and are averaging over 60 points a game. Their only loss came to Spring Hill who is the number one seed in the tournament. They are well balanced and can score from anywhere. They play good defense and have good depth. It will be a very challenging game for us, and everyone will have to be at their best.”

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