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BV girls open year with 10-point road loss
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

January 14. 2014 1:48PM
A poor effort at the free three line by the Lady Lynx was the difference in their 56-46 Eastern South Dakota Conference loss to the host Huron Tigers Saturday at the Huron Arena.

Brandon Valley had a miserable night at the charity stripe, where they converted 38 percent of their shots.

“The difference in this game was free throws,” said Lynx head coach Mark Stadem. “We were 9 of 24 from the line, and that really hurt.”

Stadem said his squad is typically better free throw shooting team than they displayed Saturday in Huron. And so not to repeat the misery, the coach said they’ll continue to work on perfecting their free throw shooting in between games at practice sessions this week.

The 10-point gap between the Lynx and Tigers wasn’t always there, as the two ESD squads measured up in the first quarter, with Huron earning an 11-10 edge by the end of the first quarter. By the first-half ending, the Tigers extended the gap to a mere five points before going on a shooting spree in the second half, putting up 14 points in the third and 16 in the fourth. Huron limited Brandon Valley to eight third-quarter points, for a 40-29 game. Brandon Valley, however, didn’t give up, producing 17 points in the fourth.

The Lady Lynx relied largely on the 3-point shot Saturday night, capitalizing on 9-of-16 (56 percent) attempts. Sophomore Kasara Pollema collected on five of her six attempts to pace the Brandon Valley offense with 15 points. Senior Lexi Hoover added 10 points, nine of which came from beyond the perimeter.

In addition to the double-digit efforts of Pollema and Hoover, Carley Kueter tossed in eight and Kara Schroeder had five. Inside the arc, the Lynx netted 5-of-21, for a low 24 percent.

Two Tigers – Sarah Carr and Jazmin Newton – combined for 37 of Huron’s 56 points. Carr had 18 and Newton scored 19.

Despite coming out on the losing end, Stadem credited his team’s rebounding efforts.

“I was pleased with how the girls rebounded in this game, giving up only nine offensive rebounds, which is a big improvement from our first five games,” he said.

Kueter hauled in six of Brandon Valley’s 19 total rebounds; Else Zajicek had four and Hoover grabbed three.

Brandon Valley had three assists, five steals and 13 turnovers in the loss.

Stadem also cited the team’s cut in turnovers.

Carr led Huron’s rebounding efforts with 13.

“We need to continue working on these areas (free throws, rebounding, fewer turnovers) and becoming more consistent,” Stadem said. “This group is hard working and coachable, and they are fun to work with.”

The 1-5 Lynx host Watertown this Friday and play at Harrisburg next Thursday, Jan. 16.

BV 10 21 29 46
Huron 11 26 40 56

Brandon Valley: Lexi Hoover 0 3 1-2 10; Kara Schroeder 0 1 2-5 5; Taylor Thorson 1 0 2-2 4; Elzie Zajicek 1 0 1-3 3; Becca Long 0 0 0-1 0; Hannah Paauw 0 0 0-4 0; Lilli Jasper 0 0 1-4 1; Kasara Pollema 0 5 0-0 15; Carley Kueter 3 0 2-3 98. Totals: 5 9 9-24 46.

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