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Warriors trip up Lady Lynx in district opener
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

March 05. 2013 3:31PM
The top-seeded Washington Warriors put Brandon Valley’s season on the line Monday night, as they handed the visiting Lynx a 59-31 setback in the District 2AA girls opener.
The loss put the Lady Lynx on the road Thursday night to Yankton, where the two Eastern South Dakota Conference teams battled it out for third place and the opportunity to keep their season alive. The winner of Thursday’s game advanced to Saturday’s Region 1AA Tournament.

Brandon Valley head coach Mark Stadem said the height-advantaged Warriors was problematic for the Lady Lynx.

“They are able to get some things done on both ends of the floor with their length and athleticism that we really didn’t have an answer for,” he said. “But I’ll give our girls credit - we fought hard.”

The Lynx played staunch defense in the first five minutes of the game and limited the Warriors to just six points before they built a 16-7 advantage. Senior Allie Koehn kept the Warriors within reach in the first half when she nailed a trio of 3-pointers. At the break, the Lynx trailed Washington 30-16.

The Warriors used their height advantage inside the paint to start the second half, and that resulted in a 15-0 run.

“They just pulled away from us in the third quarter. Their lead went from 14 to 25 in the blink of an eye,” said Stadem, whose team trailed 52-20 at the end of three. “For some reason, we got away from the defensive intensity we had in the first half, and if you have any kind of let down against a team of Washington’s caliber, they will make you pay for it.”

The Lynx closed out the game outscoring the Warriors 11-7 in the fourth quarter, but the hole was too deep to dig out of, as the Warriors cruised to a 59-31 victory.

Koehn led the Lynx with nine points – all from beyond the arc – and all in the first half. Seniors Brynne Rist and Jordyn Griffith chipped in six and four points, respectively. Taylor Thorso also had four points.

For Washington, Emma Hanson led the charge with 11 points, while Denae Veldkamp and Sydney Arrington both scored nine. Michaela Mayer tossed in eight.

Brandon Valley 7 16 20 31
Washington 16 30 52 59

Brandon Valley: Brynne Rist 0 2 0-0 6; Kara Schroeder 1 0 1-2 3; Taylor Thorson 2 0 0-0 4; Brooke Merry 0 0 0-0 0; Brooklyn Smith 0 0 0-0 0; Emily Harris 1 0 0-0 2; Val Peltier 0 0-0 0; Jordyn Griffith 1 0 2-2 4; Becca Long 0 0 0-2 0; Allson Koehn 0 3 0-0 9; Sidnie Buchheim 1 0 1-2 3; Carley Kueter 0 0 0-1 0. Totals: 6 5 4-9 31.

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