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Brookings takes second ‘cat fight’ of season, 50-39
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

March 05. 2013 10:03AM
Brandon Valley got some offensive help from its underclassmen Tuesday night at Brookings, but the effort fell short in the team’s 50-39 Eastern South Dakota Conference loss.

Lynx head coach Mark Stadem said he was “pleased with the production we got from our bench in this game.”

Underclassmen Becca Long, Kara Schroeder, Taylor Thorson and Carley Kueter
combined for 21 points, while senior Brynne Rist led the charge with nine points.
“Becca, Kara, Taylor and Carley all had solid games and made good contributions,” Stadem said. “And the better balance we have, he better chance for us to make a deep run into the post-season.”

The Lynx opened post-season play Monday at Sioux Falls Washington and wrap up District 2AA action Thursday against Sioux Falls Lincoln or Yankton. The match-ups depend on Monday’s outcomes.

The host Bobcats led the visiting Lynx at all four-quarter stops, opening with a 7-0 lead en route to an 11-7 score quarter-ending score. And while Brookings put up the first seven points of the quarter, the Lynx hit the final four points of the quarter and the first basket of the second to pull within two points, 11-9. The Bobcats then went on a 13-5 run behind a pair of 3-pointers from Kaitlyn Hadley and another from Emily Johnson to build a 24-14 halftime lead.

Brookings extended their lead to 15 in the third quarter with 1:44 to play when Hadley nailed her fourth 3-pointer of the night to give the Bobcats a 39-28 advantage.

Brandon Valley trimmed the Bobcat lead to seven twice in the fourth, but Brookings converted 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch, fending off any comeback by the Lynx.
“You have to give Brookings credit, they shot the ball very well and they made eight three-point field goals,” Stadem said.

In addition to Rist’s nine-point contribution, Long accounted for eight points and Thorson had six. Senior Allison Koehn chipped in six and Kueter had four. The Lynx shot 33 percent from th field, 14-43, and cashed in on 7-of-13 free throws.

The Bobcats had a better showing, converting 10-of-16 from the line – all in the second half – and knocking down 8-of-20 from beyond the arc (40 percent).

Hadley scored a game-high 15 points while Johnson chipped in 11. Amelia Miller finished with eight points, three blocked shots and 13 rebounds.

The Bobcats dominated the boards, 36-21. Koehn grabbed seven and Rist had five for the Lynx.

Brandon Valley had nine assists and nine steals, of which Rist nabbed four.
Brookings had 15 turnovers to the Lynx’s 20.

The Lady Lynx opened post-season action Monday against one of Class AA’s best programs, Sioux Falls Washington. Stadem said the team will have to come up with one of our best efforts of the year in order to have a chance at beating them.

“We will need numerous girls to step up and give us their best effort,” he said. “This is a fun time of year, and we don’t have any pressure on us, so we can just go out and play with nothing to lose.”

Brandon Valley 7 14 28 39
Brookings 11 24 39 50

Brandon Valley: Brynne Rist 2 1 2-2 9; Kara Schroeder 1 0 1-2 3; Taylor Thorson 3 0 0-0 6; Val Peltier 0 0 1-2 1; Jordyn Griffith 1 0 0-2 2; Becca Long 1 1 3-5 8; Allison Koehn 2 0 0-0 6; Carley Kueter 2 0 0-0 4. Totals: 14 4 7-13 39.

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