SUTHERLAND — Broken Bow traveled to Sutherland on Thursday to open the 2013-14 basketball season for each school.
The girl’s game was a typical first game as each team struggled with turnovers throughout the contest. Sutherland (1-0), after leading by as much as 13 points in the third quarter, had to come back from a one-point deficit in the final minute to win 36-33.
Broken Bow (0-1) came out on fire in the opening half of the boy’s game and held off Sutherland down the stretch to take their opening contest of the season, 49-33.
The Lady Sailors took their largest lead of the game, 30-17, with 36 seconds remaining in the third quarter when Jalyne Schuster knocked down a 3 off an inbounds play. But a basket off a break by Broken Bow’s Jasmyn Brooks at the buzzer cut the lead to 11 and began a 16-2 run by the Lady Indians.
A Sutherland goal tending began the fourth quarter and two Brooks free throws cut the lead to seven. Schuster scored on an assist from Sam Staggs before the Lady Indians ran off 10 unanswered points. Brooks had six of her game-tying 15 points during the run.
"That’s something we didn’t have last year," said Broken Bow coach Brice King of the comeback. "This group of girls is really competitive. They really want to change things. I was proud of them for making the comeback."
"We had a nice lead and then they went on a big run and they got us really rattled," said Sutherland coach Jason Gunderson. "That’s something we need to work on. We need to think of the positive when they go on a run like that and forget about the negatives."
After Brooks picked up a loose ball and scored to take a 33-32 lead, the Lady Sailors scored the final four points to close it out in taking the opening-game win.
Schuster hit from the right wing to take the one-point lead at :53 and after Kaley Stokey got the steal, she took the ball the length of the floor for the layup.
"They called the timeout and we switched some matchups around," said Gunderson. "Jalyne was having a tough time finding her game tonight, but that was a clutch shot she had to get the lead back.
Gunderson said he expects his veteran players to step up.
"I expect that from those players," the coach said. "They’ve been starters four years. It was nice to see Jalyne do that for us."
Sutherland’s Sam Staggs helped the Lady Sailors take a four-point lead heading into the locker room at half. Staggs had two field goals and a pair of free throws in the opening quarter and came back with nine in the second — one of which was a 3. Staggs tied Brooks for game-scoring honors with 15 points.
"My teammates really set me up for some good shots," Staggs said. "They were able to set me up by setting some good screens. It got me some open looks."
"I knew going in we would have a tough time figuring out everybody’s role," Gunderson said. "Sam did a great job shooting from the field to get us the lead of four.
"I also thought our man-to-man defense in the first half and into the third quarter was excellent."
The Lady Sailors held Broken Bow to just four points in the third quarter.
"We all came together and told each other we needed to step it up and focus on what we needed to do to get the win," Staggs said.
"We worked real hard on defense. We’ve been working on that the last couple of weeks now and felt really prepared going into this game."
Karly Boje had five rebounds and one steal for Broken Bow; Brooks had three rebounds and a steal; Rachel Gaston three rebounds and three steals; Krisha Scott two rebounds and Julia Loy three rebounds and a steal.
Sutherland (1-0)...................8 11 11 6 — 36
Broken Bow (0-1)................8 7 4 14 — 33
Sutherland stats: (2 pt, 3 pt, ft, pts) Morgan Simpson 0, 0, 0/1, 0; Kaley Stokey 3, 1, 0/0, 9; Jalyne Schuster 2, 1, 0/0, 7; Sam Staggs 5, 1, 2/2, 15; Allison Stewart 1, 1, 0/0, 5.
Broken Bow: Ashley Kirkpatrick 1, 0, 0/0, 2; Jasmyn Brooks 6, 0, 3/4, 15; Karly Boje 1, 0, 4/5, 6; Rachel Gaston 1, 1, 0/0, 5; Krisha Scott 0, 0, 1/2, 1; Julia Loy 2, 0, 0/0, 4.
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Indians hold off Sailors
Broken Bow (1-0) had a comfortable 15-point lead with 3:46 remaining in the third quarter before the Sailors (0-1) began to cut into the Indians lead.
Brandon Slack grabbed a rebound and put it back for two for the Sailors. After Broken Bow’s Jordan Lemburg scored in the paint, Kadin Copeland knocked down a 3 from the top and Trey Rongisch scored on a Tyler Fear assist to cut the Indians lead to 37-27 heading into the fourth.
After Austin Reynolds hit a runner in the lane for the Indians to begin the fourth quarter, Sutherland’s Calvin Carsten scored in the paint and Fear received an assist from Slack to cut the lead to just eight at 39-31.
"We talked at halftime to just win one possession at a time," said Sutherland coach Dan Dyer. "We weren’t going to make up the deficit in one trip down the court.
"We talked about getting the stop at the defensive end and execute on the offensive end.
"We were able to cut into [the lead] where they had to take some timeouts and regroup. But we had just dug ourselves such a big hole it was insurmountable."
Broken Bow scored the next 10 points to put the game away to move to 1-0 on the season. The Indians’ Marcus Miller hit four of his game-high 19 points in the final run. Miller finished the game with six field goals, one from behind the arc and was 6-of-7 at the line.
"He had a great game. He works hard defensively for us too," said Broken Bow coach Ryan Wetovick. "We told him if he improves his defense the offense is going to be there.
"He’s a great leader and really stepped up for us."
Broken Bow took an 18-5 lead in the opening quarter. The Indians closed with an 11-point run heading into the second frame.
Besides Brook’s 3 that gave Broken Bow a 5-2 lead, Grayson Minnick added one from behind the arc during the run.
"We came out on fire which was nice to see," Wetovick said. "In the third quarter we got cold and didn’t get a lot of great shots, but we did make some shots down the stretch to put the game away."
"It reminded me a little bit of last year," Dyer said. "The shots were pretty tight [last year] but tonight they were knocking down 15 to 17 footers and some from 3-point range. We just dug ourselves a hole."
Broken Bow’s defense caused the Sailors fits during the first half. The Indians held Sutherland to just five and seven points in each the first two quarters.
"We had great communication and talk early," said Wetovick. "In the first half we were talking great and helping.
"Then we got a little bit lazy in the third quarter. We didn’t talk as much and were pretty quiet, but we were able to clean it up in the fourth quarter."
Jordan Lemburg led Broken Bow with 17 rebounds. Grayson Minnick and Austin Reynolds each had six assists.
Broken Bow (1-0).........................18 9 10 12 — 49
Sutherland (0-1).............................5 7 15 6 — 33
Sutherland stats: (2 pt, 3 pt, ft, pts) Jordan Richardson 1, 0, 0/0, 2; Tyler Fear 3, 1, 1/2, 10; Trey Rongisch 3, 0, 0/0, 6; Kadin Copeland 1, 1, 0/2, 5; Zach McMillan 0, 0, 0/1, 0; Brandon Slack 2, 0, 0/0, 4; Calvin Carsten 3, 0, 0/0, 6.
Broken Bow stats: Josey Evans 1, 0, 0/0, 2; Marcus Miller 5, 1, 6/7, 19; Josh Jacobsen 2, 0, 0/0, 4; Austin Reynolds 3, 0, 0/0, 6; Grayson Minnick 2, 1, 0/2, 7; Jordan Lemburg 5, 0, 2/3, 12