Lady Lynx battle offensive cold streak against AC
January 15. 2013 3:22PM
Aberdeen Central kept their 7-0 season record unblemished Friday, as they handed the host Lady Lynx a 71-30 Eastern South Dakota Conference setback in Brandon.
The lopsided loss came as somewhat of a surprise to Lynx head coach Mark Stadem, whose team the night before posted a 61-43 road win at Watertown.
“For as well as we played the night before in Watertown, I was surprised at our lack of energy in this game,” Stadem said. “Aberdeen is one of the best teams in the state, but that is not an excuse for our lack of intensity.”
The Golden Eagles put up 15 points in the first quarter, while nearly every shot attempt – but one – put up the Lynx was negated for a 15-2 game after a quarter of play. By game’s end, the Lady Lynx turned in an 18 percent field goal effort (9 of 50).
Brandon Valley generated nine points in the second quarter but couldn’t contain Aberdeen, as they added 17 points to their tally for a 32-11 halftime score
The third quarter was more of the same misery for the Lynx offense, who netted just two points while the Golden Eagles hammered the basket for 21 points and a 53-13 game.
Kara Schroeder and Kasara Pollema came off the bench in the fourth to each produce six points of the team’s 17 total fourth effort. They were the team’s leading scorers. Seniors Brooke Merry and Jordyn Griffith each accounted for three points.
Brynn Flakus scored 13 points to lead the third-ranked Class AA Golden Eagles.
Samantha Knecht added 11 points and Leah Beringer, Brianna Kusler and Sara Niederbaumer each had 10 points.
Stadem said the Lady Lynx need to play well on both ends of the court.
“We can’t let how we shoot determine how we defend,” he said. “If we shoot poorly, we must learn how to bear down on the defensive end and keep ourselves in the game.
Good teams know how to grind when things are going well, and we don't have that ability right now. It is my responsibility to teach this team how to do that, and we are going to have plenty of chances to work on it with our up coming schedule.”
Senior Allison Koehn grabbed seven of the team’s 23 rebounds. Merry had four, while Schroeder and Griffith hauled in three apiece.
Brynne Rist and Merry picked off three of the team’s 13 total steals. Taylor Thorson, Brooklyn Smith and Koehn all had two assists.
The Lynx turned the ball over on 17 occasions.
The 3-5 Lady Lynx host Huron at 5:45 p.m. Saturday and are then on break until next weekend when Rapid City Central and Stevens pay a visit to the Lynx gym. Brandon Valley hosts Central on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Stevens at 1:30 Saturday afternoon.
Brandon Valley 2 11 13 30
Aberdeen Central 15 32 53 71
Brandon Valley: Brynne Rist 1 0 0-0 2; Kara Schroeder 1 1 1-3 6; Taylor Thorson 0 0 0-2 0; Brooke Merry 2 0 0-0 4; Brooklyn Smith 0 0 0-0 0; Val Peltier 0 0 1-2 1; Jordyn Griffith 0 0 4-4 4; Becca Long 0 1 0-0 3; Allison Koehn 1 0 0-0 2; Kasara Pollema 0 2 0-0 6; Carley Kueter 0 0 2-4 2. Totals: 5 4 8-15 30.