Lady Cougars Season Ends


By Clare Wiltse

Sports Contributor

The Lady Cougar’s basketball season came to an end at sub-districts, but not before a record breaking first round game against Walthill.  In a wide open run and shoot game Northeast defeated the Lady Blujays 82-39.  The shots were harder to find in the finals as Bancroft -Rosalie claimed the title with a 40-21 win.

 

The Walthill game started slowly with Northeast leading by only 5-4 when the Cougars went on a 14-4 run to break away from the (5-14) Blujays.   The game plan to feed the ball to senior post Vanessa Peterson worked well as she had 12 of her game-high 22 points in the first period.  Lexie Bacon chipped in with two treys and Northeast led 25-13 at the quarter.

 

The scoring slowed in the second period as the Cougars got only 11 points on 4 of 14 shooting.  Bacon added another trey which tied the school record of 32 three pointers in a season.

 

Six players scored in the third period as the Cougars raced away from the Blujays.
They out scored the Walthill girls by 26 to 3.  Madie Ronnfeldt was 6 for 6 from the line.  Libby Henneman struck twice from the out side. The Peterson sisters tallied 8 points. Haley Bacon scored a basket.  With 4:04 left in the period Lexie Bacon took a pass from Haley, spotted up from outside the arc and made her 33rd trifecta of the season, a new school record.

 

The Cougars scored 20 points in the fourth quarter;  fifteen of the points were bench points.  Kelly Wakeley had six and Tessie Collins had four points.  Ronnfeldt and Henneman also scored.

 

“I thought that we might have a shot at the school record for points in a game,” said Coach Cronin, “but the new running clock rule makes it pretty hard to do.”

 

82 points is the second highest total ever scored by the Lady Cougars. Their 75 scored against Allen early this year ranks as number four.

 

The Cougars had two players score in double figures, both were in the 20’s.  Vanessa Peterson had a career-high 22 points while Lexie Bacon contributed 20 while getting her first double-double with a team leading 11 rebounds.

 

A defensive battle turned into a blowout for Bancroft -Rosalie in the finals.  The first quarter both teams player some solid D as it took three minutes for B-R to score.  They ended up making only 2 of 12 shots.  The Cougars were hampered by ten turnovers and did not put up any points until Vanessa Peterson scored with 46 seconds left.  They had only two shots during the period.

 

Turnovers continued to plague the Cougars the rest of the game.  B-R’s trapping zone defense forced the Cougars away from the basket and jumped the passing lanes when L-D players  picked  up the dribble.  The Panthers used  a 12-4 run to vault to a 24-10 half time lead.

 

The Cougars recouped to stop the Panther scoring after intermission, but had not answer for the pressure defense.  Northeast had only 18 shot during the game, half their turnover total.

 

Seniors Haley Bacon and Vanessa Peterson finished their careers with two and ten points respectively.  They were team leaders for a young squad which finished with an 8-16 record.

 

Lexie Bacon could not add to her three point total.  She was limited to one shot.

 

Allie Vogt led (14-9) B-R with 11 points.  Kayli Wheaton had 6.

 

 

L-D                  25        11        26        20        -82

Walthill 13        9          3          14        -39

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Madie R           1          0          6/6       5          1          8

Darcey S          1          0          2/2       4          0          4

Kelly W           4          0          0/0       1          4          8

Blair P              0          0          0/0       0          3          0

Haley B            2          0          0/0       2          3          4

Tessie C           2          0          0/0       1          0          4

Lexie B            3          4          2/2       11        2          20

Libby H            1          2          0/0       2          1          8

Vanessa P        9          0          4/6       7          2          22

Abby P            1          0          2/5       5          0          4

Team                25        6          16/21   41        14        82

Walthil  l           14        3          3/6       28        16        39

 

L-D      2          8          6          5          -21

B-R      6          18        8          8          -40

 

Madie R           1          0          0/2       3          1          2

Darcey S          1          0          2/3       4          2          4

Kelly W           0          1          0/0       0          0          3

Blair P              0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Haley B            1          0          0/2       2          1          2

Tessie C           0          0          0/0       0          0          0

Lexie B            0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Libby H            0          0          0/0       0          0          0

Vanessa P        3          0          4/10     6          1          10

Abby P            0          0          0/0       8          1          0

Team                6          1          6/17     25        6          21

B-R                  19        0          2/4       25        16        40

About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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