BSHS girls under the weather, still on winning track
Though those afflicted would argue otherwise, Tuesday’s scoreboard made no indication of the recent virus to hit members of the Bonner Springs girls basketball team.
Senior Anna Deegan and sophomore Kaleigh Taylor took the court despite being slowed by the bug, but the Braves had little trouble putting away Turner, 52-27, in their return to league play.
The Braves (13-2, 7-1 in the Kaw Valley League) went into halftime up 27-8 after closing the half with a 10-0 run and never looked back, although they did show the marks of a recent road trip.
Freshman Julianne Jackson led the Braves with 15 points and 15 rebounds, bringing down seven boards in the first quarter alone. Senior Haley Hoffine scored 13 points with eight rebounds and Deegan added eight points.
Sophomore Mikaela Bennett added seven rebounds and junior Kennedy Bizzell and sophomore Abrise Sims each added five points.
BSHS hit just one field goal in the third quarter, but still led 34-16 entering the fourth quarter.
Oakes cited having a few key players under the weather and having played three games in last week’s Top Gun Tournament in Wellsville as cause for sluggish stretches on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s lopsided score also helped lend perspective to the Braves’ 41-40 victory against Baldwin in the Top Gun Tournament final.
“It was huge,” Oakes said. “The big thing is we haven’t been in a game like the championship game where we trailed anywhere from five to eight points all night and came back to tie it up and get the win.”
Deegan, Hoffine and Jackson each earned all-tournament honors in the process, something Oakes said wasn’t by coincidence.
“They are our three catalysts,” Oakes said. “Those are the three horses we’re riding right now, and we have different pieces that fill in on different nights.”
Deegan and Jackson scored 13 points and 12 points, respectively, in Saturday’s victory against Baldwin. Hoffine also scored seven points and Taylor added six points.
The Braves will next play host to Bishop Ward on Friday.