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Lady Lynx net much needed win
BV sidelines Yankton Gazelles 46-33
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

January 02. 2014 11:33AM
defensive effort by the Lady Lynx landed the girls their first win of the yet young season, a 46-33 victory against the visiting Yankton Gazelles Thursday.

Lynx head coach Mark Stadem coined the Eastern South Dakota Conference victory as “an important win for us.”

“We really needed to get one before the break,” he said, coming off a trio of losses to O’Gorman, Roosevelt and Brookings.

Stadem said the defensive effort put forth by the Lady Lynx Thursday night was “excellent.”

“Yankton has a good team. In their first two wins of the season they scored 57 and 59 points respectively. So, to play like we did on the defensive end of the floor says a lot about how hard the girls have worked to improve there,” he said.

The Lynx and Gazelles matched wits in the opening stanza, posting a 7-6 score, Brandon Valley’s favor. The Lady Lynx then outscored Yankton 15-4 to take a 22-10 edge into the break.

Brandon Valley nearly repeated the third quarter, putting up 14 points. The Gazelles also came alive in the third, scoring 11 points for a 36-21 game at the end of three.

The Lynx put up another 10 in the fourth quarter and Yankton scored 12.

The Lynx were led in scoring by senior Lexi Hoover and junior Carley Kueter, who both had 10 points. Senior Kara Pollema netted a pair of 3-pointers for her 6-point contribution, while seniors Kara Schroeder and Becca Long each chipped in five.
Stadem said the balanced scoring was also key in the win.

“I thought we did a very good job of sharing the ball,” he said. “If we are going to be successful this season, we have to be unselfish. We have a lot of players contributing right now and we need that to continue.”

From the field, Brandon Valley capitalized on 20-of-45 (44 percent). The team had limited opportunities (four) at the free throw line, where Kueter hit two of those four.

For Yankton, Andi Sprakel and Lindsay Hale each had six points.

The Lynx hauled in 35 rebounds (26 on the defensive end) and were led in the effort by Hoover with seven, Kueter with six, and Schroeder and Hannah Paauw each with five. Yankton charted 26 rebounds.

Hoover and Taylor Thorson both had five of the team’s 11 total assists; Hoover also picked off four steals.

The Lynx turned the ball over 21 times; Yankton had 17.

Brandon Valley won the JV game 39-31, while the Gazelles took the freshman-sophomore game 24-20.

The Lady Lynx now have a break in the action until Jan. 4 when they travel to Huron for a follow-up ESD contest with the Tigers.

BV 7 22 36 46
Yankton 6 10 21 33

Brandon Valley: Lexi Hoover 5 1 0-0 10; Kara Schroeder 1 1 0-0 5; Taylor Thorson 2 0 0-0 4; Brooklyn Smith 1 0 0-0 2; Sydnie Buchheim 1 0 0-0 2; Becca Long 1 1 0-0 5; Lilli Jasper 1 0 0-0 2; Kasara Pollema 0 2 0-0 6; Carley Kueter 4 0 2-4 10. Totals: 16 4 2-4 46.

Lady Lynx junior Carley Kueter drives the lane for two points in Brandon Valley's 46-33 ESD Conference win over the Yankton Gazelles. Kueter finished with 10 points. Photo by Wilma Kirkeby

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