Clippers, Lady Clippers sweep hoop doubleheader with Eureka-Bowdle
Strasburg-Zeeland traveled to Eureka (SD) on Jan. 19 for a Boys’-Girls’ Basketball doubleheader with Eureka- Bowdle, and the visitors came away with a sweep of the two games.
Eureka-Bowdle (SD) 64 (2ot)
Strasburg-Zeeland needed two overtimes to keep its perfect record intact, but the Clippers survived over Eureka-Bowdle by the count of 65-64. The 9th-ranked Clippers improved to 12-0 on the season.
Strasburg-Zeeland got a dozen points from Nic Kramer and jumped held a 20-16 advantage after one quarter, and the Clippers held Eureka-Bowdle to just two field goals in the second period, and increased the margin to 31-22 at the intermission. Kramer (18) and Kyle Nieuwsma (6) accounted for over three-quarters of Strasburg-Zeeland’s scoring in the first half.
The Clippers continued to hold a fairly comfortable lead throughout the third period, and they took a double-digit (48-38) advantage into the fourth period. However, Strasburg-Zeeland’s offense fizzled from there, and the Clippers hit just one field goal and connected on just 2 of 6 free throws while scoring a mere, 4 points in the fourth quarter. That allowed Eureka-Bowdle to string together a rally that would send the game into overtime tied at 52-52.
Cole Nieuwsma scored all 6 of Strasburg-Zeeland’s points duringthefirstovertime,which ended in a 58-58 deadlock, and the Clippers were able to pull off a 65-64 victory, despite hitting just 3 of 8 free throws in the second overtime.
Strasburg-Zeeland shot 45 percent (24 of 53) from the field and just 42 percent (14 of 33) from the free throw line in the game. The Clippers were just 8 of 23 from the line in the second half, and hit just 3 of 10 free throws in the two overtime sessions. The Clippers also committed 15 turnovers in the game. Eureka-Bowdle hit on just 22 of 54 (41%) field goals, including just 4 of 16 (25%) shots from behind the arc, and the Patriots hit on just 16 of 30 (53%) free throws in the game. Eureka-Bowdle held a slight, 38-35 edge in total rebounds, while committing just 9 turnovers in the game.
Kramer hit on 10 of 13 field goals and finished with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Cole Nieuwsma scored 15 points (8 in overtime) and grabbed 8 rebounds, and Kyle Nieuwsma netted 14 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals for Strasburg-Zeeland. Scotti Scherr added 6 points, and Mason Kramer pulled down 5 rebounds and dished out a game-high 7 assists for the Clippers.Austin Weishaar scored 17 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, and Tyler Wipf and Josh Raile scored 14 points apiece for Eureka-Bowdle.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Nic Kramer 25, Cole Nieuwsma 15, Kyle Nieuwsma 14, Scotti Scherr 6, Brody Nieuwsma 3, Jon Stabler 2. 24-53 FG, 14-33 FT.
Eureka-Bowdle: Austin Weishaar 26, Josh Raile 14, Tyler Wipf 14, Brady Brockel 4, Jesse Weber 3, Adam Kappes 2, Jordan Maier 1. 22-54 FG, 16-30 FT.
3-Pointers: Strasburg-Zeeland (3- 7): K. Nieuwsma 2, Scherr 1, Eureka- Bowdle (4-16): Weishaar 3, Raile 1. Rebounds: Strasburg-Zeeland 35, Eureka-Bowdle 38. Turnovers: Strasburg-Zeeland 15, Eureka- Bowdle 9. Fouls: Strasburg-Zeeland 23, Eureka-Bowdle 25. Fouled Out: Kramer (S-Z), Raile and Brandon Beutler (E-B).
Eureka-Bowdle (SD) 39
Eureka-Bowdle held the lead after each of the first three stops, but Strasburg-Zeeland used a 17-7 run in the final period on the way to a 47-39 victory. Strasburg-Zeeland improved to 5-4 on the season with the victory.
The teams traded runs during the first two periods that left the game close at halftime. Eureka-Bowdle jumped out to a 13-6 lead after one period, but the Lady Patriots hit just 2 field goals during the second quarter, and Strasburg-Zeeland closed the gap to a point (18-17) at halftime. Ali Wolf scored 8 points in the first half, including all 6 of Strasburg-Zeeland’s points in the first period.
Eureka-Bowdle stayed in the lead for most of the third period, and took a 32-30 edge into the final quarter, but Strasburg-Zeeland went on a 17-7 run over the final 8:00 and sank 10 of 12 free throws in the quarter to help seal up a 47-39 victory. Brittany Moser hit a three-pointer and went 4 for 4 from the free throw line to account for her 7 fourth-quarter points. Strasburg-Zeeland sank 12 of 16 free throws in the second half and finished 17 of 23 (74%) from the line for the game, while Eureka-Bowdle attempted just 6 free throws the entire game, converting half (3) of them.
Moser and Wolf each went 7 for 8 from the foul line and led Strasburg-Zeeland with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Courtney Bubach netted 8 points, Kara Weigel added 6 points, and Madelyn Kramer, Suzanne Ternes and Jennifer Wikenheiser scored 2 points each to complete the Lady Clipper’s scoring. Haley Nelson scored a game-high 15 points for Eureka-Bowdle.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Brittany Moser 14, Ali Wolf 13, Courtney Bubach 8, Kara Weigel 6, Jennifer Wikenheiser 2, Madelyn Kramer 2, Suzanne Ternes 2. 14 FG, 17-23 FT.
Eureka-Bowdle: Haley Nelson 15, Courtney Weber 7, Sierra Stotz 6, Samantha Raile 5, Micaela Johnson 4, Leah Wipf 2. 16 FG, 3-6 FT.
3-Pointers: Strasburg-Zeeland (2): Moser 1, Bubach 1, Eureka- Bowdle (4): Weber 2, Nelson 2. Fouls: Strasburg-Zeeland 11, Eureka-Bowdle 20. Fouled Out: Eureka-Bowdle: Stotz, Johnson.