8th Girls’ Basketball: Game 10
February 27, 2019: At Western
(B) Black Team: Lost: 25 – 27; (A) Red: Won: 59 – 39
The Northwest Kidder Middle School 8th Grade Girls’ Basketball Black and Red Teams finished their seasons by splitting their games at Western. The Black Team lost a 25 – 27 “nail-biter”, ending up with 5 wins and 3 losses and an impressive third place standing in the I-8 League, which is an improvement from the previous year. The Red Team won 10 games, and didn’t lose any, to capture their second straight outright I-8 League Title. Over their two year Kidder Middle School 7th and 8th grade career, the Red team was 22 – 0. In those 22 games, they out-scored their opponents 1,151 – 499, with a 29.6 point average margin of victory.
The Black Team fell behind 0 – 4 early, but during a three minute stretch late in the 1st quarter, Aliyah Starnes, Dariann Stensaker, Aubrey Martin, Amelia Wolfe, and Braylee Bevier scored seven straight points to give the Mounties a lead that they would hang on to for most of the next two and half quarters. They just couldn’t finish down the stretch to get the win against a very good team on the road. Amelia Wolfe led all scorers with 15 points followed by Aubrey Martin and Braylee Bevier with 4 points each. Dariann Stensaker scored 2 points. Jena Lusby played outstanding on ball defense and Leah Hanks played well at both ends of the floor. Coach’s Awards go to Aliyah Starnes, Aubrey Martin, and Trenidy Halm. Aliyah has been an outstanding teammate all season. She worked hard in every practice to make herself and her teammates better. Aubrey provided a huge spark late in the first quarter with two baskets and has been a defensive presence in the post all season. Trenidy did an outstanding job in the paint fighting the physical battle with Western’s athletic interior players. Trenidy was all over the floor getting loose balls and she easily led the team in rebounding. Trenidy’s toughness on the court gave her teammates a legitimate chance to win the game.
The Red Team found themselves behind 0 – 10, and in foul trouble, against a talented and very athletic Western team, who had only two losses going into the game. But the Mounties were relentless with their press and overall determination at both ends of the floor and methodically outscored Western 18 – 2 the rest of the quarter. With continued foul issues, Western and Northwest played the second quarter evenly as the Mounties took a 27 – 21 lead into halftime. The third quarter was pretty close to a draw as well and the Mounties clung to only two point lead at times. Northwest played a solid final quarter to get the win. Teja Kapp played outstanding on ball defense, even after she was way past the point of exhaustion. Teja was the key to slowing down Western’s skilled point guard. Hailey Rowley provided valuable minutes at both ends of the floor throughout the game. Stacia Hedrich was very scrappy on the defensive end and was almost always in the right spot on the press. Layne Sleight paced the scoring by dropping in 27 points. Teja Kapp was a force on the offensive end as well with 18 points. Jillian Osterberg scored 8, Alana Compton 4, and Stacia had 2 points. Coach’s Award goes to Cora Pilaczynski. Cora, who has played on the perimeter almost all season, did an outstanding job plugging some holes in post on defense. Cora provided a huge spark and defensive presence around the basket. She was also a force on the glass, getting numerous rebounds. Cora has the athleticism and potential to become an outstanding basketball player at the high school level – – – and will continue to be a KEY player on this team for years to come.