GOESSEL—In a battle of area teams, both the Little River girls and boys basketball teams took the court against the boys and girls of Canton-Galva High School in the third round of the Bluebird Classic at Goessel on Friday.
Foul trouble and a near scoreless second quarter was the demise of the Canton-Galva boys team as the Little River boys rolled to a 71-35 victory, while the LadySkins took advantage of a poor shooting night for the Lady Eagles to gain a 38-21 win and a Little River sweep for the night.
In the boys game, Little River held a seven-point, 17-10 lead after the first quarter before outscoring the Eagles 18-2 in the second quarter to take a commanding 35-12 advantage into the halftime break. Canton-Galva came out of the break to play the Redskins within just two points for the third quarter but still went into the final quarter trailing by 25 points. Little River cruised in the final stanza, outscoring the Eagles 20-9 to earn their 36-point, 71-35 win.
The victory kept the Redskins undefeated for the season at 3-0, while the Canton-Galva boys are still looking for that first win.
The Eagles were led by Brayden Collins and Tyson Struber with 14 and nine points respectively as they accounted for all but 12 of the Canton-Galva points. Struber just missed double digits in rebounds as well by pulling down eight.
“We got in foul trouble in the second quarter and we really struggled scoring,” commented Eagle Head Coach Shane Duncan in his coach reflections. “I felt Tyson Struber played very well this evening, he has a chance to be a very good player moving forward.’
The Little River girls only held a one-point, 8-7 advantage over the Lady Eagles after the first quarter of action before outscoring them by eight in the second quarter and five in the third quarter to take a more commanding 31-17 lead as the two teams headed into the final quarter of play where the LadySkins cruised on in for the 17-point victory.
With the victory the LadySkins remain unbeaten for the season at 3-0 while the Lady Eagles drop to 1-2.
Kaylee Zimmerman and Emma McBride led the Little River offense as they combined for 27 of the teams 38 points with Zimmerman hitting for 14 while McBride dropped in 13. The LadySkins held a 32-23 advantage in rebounds while holding the Lady Eagles to just 23% shooting from the field.
“Tonight was one of those games that are fun to be a part of,” noted LadySkins Head Coach Trey Look. “Both teams battled tonight, and I thought we finally played a full game of LadySkins basketball. The girls did a great job with our press that really got us going early on. I challenged them tonight to keep our turnovers down and they responded. If we can play like this and minimize our mistakes, we can do great things.”
Leading the way for the Canton/Galva girls was Alexa Bell who hit for double digits in the scorebook with 13 points while also getting four steals. Kaysha Unruh was the one steady force in the paint for the Lady Eagles as she pulled in 12 rebounds.
Lady Eagle Head Coach Shelby Hoppes in his post-game reflections said, “I’m proud of how the girls fought tonight. We are really starting to figure out how to play with energy. We had an off night shooting the ball and missed multiple layups and short shots that we need to make to beat a good team like Little River. We also need to take care of the basketball. Unforced turnovers are something you can control as a team and we need to start valuing our possessions more, the good thing is – these are all things we can get better at and we will continue to work to do so.”
All the teams from Little River and Canton-Galva will have a short turn around as they will all be playing in the final round of the Bluebird Classic on Saturday in Goessel.
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