Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm / Updated at 11:52 pm
Ibis leads No. 1 Benson past Bellevue East

Another big game for Kianna Ibis helped lead to another big win Tuesday night for Omaha Benson.

The junior forward had 25 points and 17 rebounds to lead the top-ranked Bunnies to a 62-45 victory over host Bellevue East. Benson won its 10th straight and boosted its record to 17-2 while the Chieftains fell to 12-7.

“Kianna is a difference-maker,” Bunnies coach Jon Perone said. “She makes everyone better, and we saw that again tonight.”

Ibis, the second-leading scorer in Class A at 24 points a game, scored nine in the first quarter as the Bunnies took a 14-8 lead. That advantage grew to 27-16 by halftime as Ibis had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Chieftains made a run in the third quarter and pulled within 33-30 after a Haley Ourada free throw. Benson then went on a 10-1 run that extended into the fourth quarter to cruise home with the victory.

“Getting off to a good start was a key for us,” Perone said. “And we responded in the second half after they got close.”

Montrese Weller scored 12 points for Benson and Kanesha Plater added 10. The Bunnies shot 50 percent from the field (22 of 44) and 61 percent from the free-throw line (13 of 21).

Perone credited his defense for holding down Bellevue East’s top two scorers, Amaun Frazier and Peyton Hagen. Frazier was 4 of 18 from the field and finished with 13 while Hagen was 3 for 15 and scored all 10 of her points in the first half.

“That was another key,” Perone said. “We wanted to challenge all of the shots by those two.”

Chieftains coach Blake Anderson complimented the Bunnies for another winning effort.

“They’re on such a roll,” he said. “They play for each other so well and are very unselfish.”

The loss could hurt Bellevue East in its bid to host a Class A district tournament. The Chieftains are eighth in wild-card points, and only the top seven will be hosts when the districts are released Feb. 25 by the Nebraska School Activities Association.

“It’s going to be a dogfight for that seventh spot,” Anderson said. “We’re still in the mix, but this loss didn’t help.”

The Chieftains host Omaha Central on Thursday night while Benson returns to action Saturday against visiting Omaha North.

Omaha Benson (17-2) ...... 14 13 15 20—62
At Bellevue East (12-7) ..... 8    8 18 11—45

OB: Tashiana Coffiel-Nelson 2-3 0-0 5, Teonn’a Brye 0-1 0-0 0, Kanesha Plater 3-3 4-4 10, Moneeka Robinson 0-1 1-3 1, Arbrieal Benson 1-4 0-0 3, Kianna Ibis 9-17 5-7 25, Montrese Weller 4-10 3-4 12, Kia Kirby 1-1 0-0 2, Zabrina Kentch 2-4 0-3 4.

BE: Peyton Hagen 3-15 3-3 10, Sara Gengel 1-4 3-4 5, Roshawn Hollie 2-4 2-2 6, Haley Ourada 3-3 1-2 8, Joslyn Brewer 0-5 0-0 0, Amaun Frazier 4-18 2-4 13, Viktoreea Cox 1-4 0-0 3.

3-point goals: OB 5-15 (Ibis 2-4, Coffiel-Nelson 1-2, Brye 0-1, Benson 1-2, Weller 1-6); BE 6-18 (Frazier 3-8, Hagen 1-5, Ourada 1-1, Brewer 0-3, Cox 1-1). Rebounds: OB 35 (Ibis 17); BE 36 (Frazier 9). Total fouls: OB 14; BE 18. Turnovers: OB 9; BE 10. Field-goal percentage: OB .500; BE .264. Free-throw percentage: OB .619; BE .733.

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