Lady Clippers split a pair of District 6 contests
The Strasburg-Zeeland Lady Clipper Basketball team split two District 6 games last week, defeating Central Prairie, and then falling to Kidder County.
Central Prairie 40
Jennifer Wikenheiser tallied a season-high 26 points, and Strasburg-Zeeland outscored Central Prairie, 36-22, in the second half to pull away to a 60-40 victory over the Lady Firebirds in Zeeland on Feb. 5.
Strasburg-Zeeland evened its record at 4-4 in District 6, and the Lady Clippers improved to 9-7 overall, while Central Prairie remained winless in District 6 (0-8), and fell to 2-12 on the season.
The Lady Clippers had their hands full in the first half, and they held just 10-9 edge after one quarter, and despite missing 6 of 10 free throw attempts during the second period, Strasburg-Zeeland was able to increase the lead to 24-18 at the break. Wikenheiser (10) and Ali Wolf (7) combined for 17 points in the first half, while Madi Moldenhauer and Courtney Heupel netted 8 and 7 points, respectively, for Central Prairie in the half.
Strasburg-Zeeland used a 20-9 run during the third quarter to finally gain some breathing room, and the Lady Clippers took a 44-27 cushion into the final quarter. The Lady Clippers then cruised through the final quarter to pull away.
After shooting just 36 percent in the first half, Strasburg-Zeeland connected on 17 of 27 (63%) field goals in the second half, and finished at 50 percent (26 of 52) from the field for the game. That offset the Lady Clipper’s struggles at the free throw line (7 of 19) and with turnovers (17) in the game. Central Prairie shot just 33 percent (17 of 52) from the field, 30 percent (3 of 10) from the line, and committed 18 turnovers in the game.
Wikenheiser scored 16 of her game-high point total in the second half, to go along with game-highs in rebounds (7) and steals (4), while Wolf netted 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, and Kara Weigel chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds for Strasburg-Zeeland. Brittany Moser added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Madelyn Kramer dished out 5 assists, and Suzanne Ternes collected 3 steals for the Lady Clippers. Madi Moldenhauer led Central Prairie with 16 points, while Heupel netted 10 points, and Jaycee Moldenhauer tallied 9 points for the Lady Firebirds.
Individual Scoring Central Prairie: Madi Mold- enhauer 16, Courtney Heupel 10, Jaycee Moldenhauer 9, Noelle Moser 3, Brooke Krapp 2.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Jennifer Wikenheiser 26, Ali Wolf 11, Kara Weigel 10, Brittany Moser 7, Brooke Scherr 2, Madelyn Kramer 2, Courtney Bubach 2.
3-Pointers: Central Prairie (3- 16): J. Moldenhauer 2, Heupel 1, Strasburg-Zeeland (1-9): Moser 1. Fouled Out: None.
Kidder County 55
Kidder County closed out its District 6 slate with a 55-36 victoryoverStrasburg-Zeeland in Steele on Feb. 8. The Lady Pirates finished the regular season with a 6-4 mark in District 6, and improved to 10-7 overall, while Strasburg-Zeeland dropped to 9-8 on the season, including a 4-5 mark in the district.
Strasburg-Zeeland stayed close during the first half, as Kidder County held a 10-5 advantage after one quarter, and took a 24-18 lead to the intermission. However, Mary Nicholson (9) and Paige Schmidt (7) combined for 16 points to lead a 22-9 run by Kidder County in the third period, and the Lady Pirates increased their lead to 46-27 with one quarter left.
Kidder County hit on 19 of 42 (45%) field goals and sank 14 of 19 (74%) free throws in the game, while Strasburg-Zeeland shot just 28 percent (15 of 53) from the field, attempted just 5 free throws (3 converted), and turned the ball over 23 times in the game.
Nicholson scored 12 of her game-high 13 points in the second half, while Schmidt scored 12 points, Sadie Rohrich netted 11, and Morgan Rohrich chipped in 8 points (all in the first half) for Kidder County. Strasburg-Zeeland did not have a player who scored in double figures, and Ali Wolf (6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals) led the Lady Clippers with 8 points. Kara Weigel netted 7 points and 6 rebounds, and Courtney Bubach (3 assists, 2 steals), Brittany Moser (5 rebounds) and Brooke Scherr chipped in 5 points apiece for Strasburg-Zeeland. Jennifer Wikenheiser added 4 points and a game-high 7 rebounds for the Lady Clippers.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Ali Wolf 8, Kara Weigel 7, Brooke Scherr 5, Courtney Bubach 5, Brittany Moser 5, Jennifer Wikenheiser 4, Madelyn Kramer 2.
Kidder County: Mary Nicholson 13, Paige Schmidt 12, Sadie Rohrich 11, Morgan Rohrich 8, Rebecca Schmidt 6, Jordan Mayer 3, Cassidy Ziesch 2.
3-Pointers: Strasburg-Zeeland (3-13): Buabch, Moser, Scherr, Kidder County (3-10): P. Schmidt 2, M. Rohrich 1. Fouled Out: None