Lady Imperials outlast Strasburg-Zeeland
Strasburg-Zeeland gave 5th-ranked Napoleon all it could handle, but the Lady Imperials emerged with a 58-48 victory in Strasburg on Jan. 25. Napoleon improved to 11-1 on the season overall, and 6-0 in District 6, while Strasburg-Zeeland had its 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-5 (2-3 in District 6) on the season.
Napoleon looked as though it would run away with things early on, as the Lady Imperials forced 9 Strasburg-Zeeland turnovers in the first quarter and opened up a 24-9 cushion by the end of the frame. However, the Lady Imperials hit a cold spell to start the second period, and Strasburg-Zeeland strung together a rally to get back into the game.
A pair of free throws by Kendra Weigel on Napoleon’s first possession of the second period gave the Lady Imperials their biggest lead (26-9) of the game, but they would misfire on their first 9 field goal attempts of the period, and Strasburg-Zeeland scored 8 unanswered points over the next 2:00, and cut the lead into single digits (26-17) on a three-pointer by Suzanne Ternes with 5:20 left in the quarter. After Mariah Jangula notched Napoleon’s first field goal of the quarter at the 4:10 mark, Strasburg-Zeeland went on another 8-0 run, and Courtney Bubach’s jumper cut the lead to 28-25 with 2:00 left.
After a free throw by MikaylaYoung, JenniferWikenheiser put in a field goal to cap an 18-3 run by the Lady Clippers, which cut the margin to just 2 points (29-27) with about a half minute left in the quarter, but Kecia Ellison hit a jumper on Napoleon’s ensuing trip, and Weigel turned a late steal into a lay-up to extend the lead to 33-27 at the intermission.
Napoleon shot just 37 percent (13 of 35) from the field in the first half, after hitting just 3 of 15 (20%) field goals in the second period. The Lady Imperials hit 5 of 7 free throws and committed just 4 turnovers over the first two quarters. Strasburg-Zeeland hit on 11 of 23 (48%) field goals, 4 of 5 free throws, and held a 19-13 advantage in rebounds in the first half, but the Lady Clippers committed a dozen turnovers in the half. Weigel and Sheridon Dewald each scored 11 points for Napoleon, while Kara Weigel and Madelyn Kramer scored 9 and 6 points, respectively, for Strasburg-Zeeland.
Kendra Weigel’s putback on the opening trip of the second half extended the lead to 35-27, and Strasburg-Zeeland would get no closer than 6 points the rest of the way. Napoleon led by as many as 10 points on a couple of occasions before taking a 47-39 advantage into the final period.
Napoleon stayed in control during the fourth quarter, despite hitting just 5 of 13 free throws in the frame. The Lady Imperials pushed the margin into double digits early in the quarter, and Strasburg-Zeeland would go on to hit just 2 of 10 field goal attempts in the period. Bubach’s free throws cut the lead to 52-45 with 3:07 left, but the Lady Clippers would get no closer than that, and Napoleon would push the lead back up to 12 points with under :30 left.
Napoleon shot just 34 percent (21 of 61) from the field and 54 percent (13 of 24) from the line, but the Lady Imperials committed just 10 turnovers in the contest. Strasburg-Zeeland hit on 19 of 47 (40%) field goals, 9 of 16 (56%) free throws, and held a 39-27 advantage on the boards, but the Lady Clippers turned the ball over 27 times in the game.
Dewald finished with a game-high 21 points, and Kendra Weigel netted 20 points for Napoleon. Kara Weigel paced Strasburg-Zeeland with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Bubach (6 rebounds, 3 assists) and Kramer scored 8 points apiece. Brittany Moser (2 assists, 3 steals) and Wikenheiser (5 rebounds) scored 6 points apiece, Ternes chipped in 5 points, and Ali Wolf grabbed 7 rebounds for the Lady Clippers.
Napoleon: Sheridon Dewald 21, Kendra Weigel 20, Mariah Jangula 6, Mikayla Young 5, Kecia Ellison 4, Shania Gross 2.
Strasburg-Zeeland:KaraWeigel 14, Courtney Bubach 8, Madelyn Kramer 8, Jennifer Wikenheiser 6, Brittany Moser 6, Suzanne Ternes 5, Ali Wolf 1.
3-Pointers: Napoleon (3-11): Dewald2,Weigel1,Strasburg-Zeeland (1-8): Ternes 1. Fouled Out: Bubach (S-Z).