Published Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 11:48 pm
Bunnies start fast, run away from Warriors

Omaha Benson girls basketball coach Jon Perone got the kind of start he was looking for.

The fourth-ranked Bunnies jumped to a 19-2 lead seven minutes into Tuesday’s game, and kept that double-digit advantage throughout in defeating Omaha Westside 69-54.

“All week we talked about pace,” Perone said. “We wanted to come out and play well during the first and second quarters because that hasn’t been our strongest. I thought we responded.”

Seven Bunnies scored in the opening quarter as Arbrieal Benson made three field goals and Moneeka Robinson had two off the bench. Host Benson (3-0) was 9 of 16 from the field in the first quarter, while Westside (1-2) missed seven of its first eight attempts.

The Warrior offensive warmed up after that, shooting 51 percent from the field in the last three quarters. But the closest Westside could get was 62-52 after Regan Johnson stole the ball and made a transition layup with 3:45 left.

That basket capped an 8-0 run, but the Warriors scored only one basket the rest of the way.

“After that, I thought we responded with our half-court defense,” Perone said.

Westside’s basket in the closing minutes came with 9 seconds left. The Bunnies, meanwhile, hit seven free throws in the final three minutes to maintain their comfortable margin.

Despite being hampered by foul trouble most of the game, center Kianna Ibis led Benson with 16 points and eight rebounds. Arbrieal Benson added 13 points, while Octavia McGraw chipped in 10 points.

Marie Matthews scored 11 in the second half to lead the Warriors with 16 points and five rebounds.

Omaha Westside (1-2) ..........   4 16 19 15—54
At Omaha Benson (3-0) ........ 21 16 19 13—69

OW: Mallory Thompson 2-8 2-4 8, Marie Matthews 6-11 4-6 16, Regan Johnson 3-6 0-0 6, Miranda Thacker 3-4 1-2 9, Lynsey Curran 1-4 0-0 3, Rachel Kaup 1-4 0-0 2, Jenn Poots 1-3 1-2 3, Maya Solarana 3-5 1-5 7. Totals 20-46 9-22 54.

OB: Tashiana Coffiel-Nelson 0-0 1-2 1, Teonn’a Brye 1-1 0-0 3, Kylee Askew 1-2 0-0 3, Plater 1-1 4-6 6, Moneeka Robinson 2-4 1-2 5, Arbrieal Benson 5-10 3-4 13, Octavia McGraw 2-11 5-10 10, Kianna Ibis 7-9 2-4 16, Montrese Weller 3-8 0-0 8, Zabrina Kentch 2-3 0-1 4, Kia Kirby 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-52 16-29 69.

3-point goals: OW 5-14 (Thacker 2-3, Thompson 2-7, Curran 1-3, Matthews 0-2); OB 5-14 (Weller 2-5, Brye 1-1, Askew 1-1, McGraw 1-4, Benson 0-1, Kirby 0-1). Rebounds: OW 27 (Poots 6); OB 31 (Ibis 8). Turnovers: OW 20, OB 16. Total fouls: OW 18, OB 16. Fouled out: none.

Contact the writer: Gene Schinzel    |   402-444-1038    |  

Gene Schinzel is a copy editor and staff writer for The World-Herald.

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