• Bravettes trip BGM 46-36 as Steele scores 15 and Long adds 14; Bears’ Hohensee hits four 3-pointers
By DANN HAYES
The BGM Bears used a zone style defense to near perfection shutting down Montezuma’s usually high-scoring attack and beat the Braves 46-31 on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
BGM’s Jake Flathers scored 15 points to lead the Bears as their defense was able to disrupt Montezuma’s offensive scheme and kept Stephen Vavroch to just six points – well below his 18.4 points per game average.
According to Montezuma head coach Derek Schulte, the Bears’ speed and athleticism was a primary reason for the loss.
By playing a strong zone, with Kyle Gritsch and Spencer Gritsch in front, the Bears kept Vavroch well below his average.
Chase Faas added 10 points for the Bears while Kyle Gritsch scored nine.
Montezuma’s Zach Gibson scored nine points to lead the Braves while Matt Armstrong added five.
Nathan Wheeler added 11 rebounds for the Braves.
Montezuma shot just 22 percent from the field
BGM improved to 9-4 while Montezuma dropped to 8-7.
While Stephen Vavroch got back into the scoring groove, the Braves fell to Lynnville-Sully 57-49.
Vavroch connected for 17 points for the Braves while Tyler Swenson scored eight.
Matt Armstrong had six rebounds to lead Montezuma with Nathan Wheeler adding five.
The Montezuma Bravettes stopped the BGM Bears in a hard-fought 46-37 win, despite BGM hitting 8-of-12 from three-point range.
Montezuma was led by Brynna Steele with 15 points while Emily Long added 14.
“This was a great test for us tonight against a team that really shot lights out,” said Keith Sietstra, head coach for the Bravettes. “I thought we defended well, they were just able to shoot and hit from the 3-point line and sometimes that can be hard to overcome.”
BGM’s Brittany Hohensee, who led the Bears with 12 points, connected for 4-of-8 from 3-point range.
Abbie DeWitte, who scored 10 points for BGM, hit two 3-point goals, as did Sydney Rudd, who scored six points on the night.
“To our girls’ credit, we came back down on the next possession almost every time and came away with a nice bucket to curb any type of run they might have started,” Sietstra said. “Obviously to get back in the win
column is a great feeling … I was really proud of the girls for finding a way to pick up some pieces and go out, compete, and find a way to win.”
Montezuma’s Alexis Ferguson led the Braves with eight rebounds – she also scored six points. Steele nabbed seven.
Kayleen Beck led the Bears with eight rebounds while Jawny Thompson hauled in seven.
For the Bravettes, Ferguson recorded five steals as did Steele, while Thompson had four steals for the Bears and added five assists.
Kayleen Beck also had five assists for the Bears.
No. 4 Lynnville-Sully stopped the Montezuma Bravettes 49-30 on Friday, Jan. 20.
Brynna Steele scored 15 for Monte. Both Steele and Emily Long hadeight rebounds.
“I know the final score doesn’t necessarily look great, but this one of those game where we feel like if could take back a three-minute stretch in the third quarter, the Bravettes would have potentially been in a very close ball game against obviously an extremely good Lynnville-Sully team,” said Keith Sietstra, head coach. “In the end, that stretch of three minutes was the difference in the game.”
The teams went into the locker room at halftime with Lynnville-Sully ahead 17-15.
“I walked out of the gym beyond proud of the kind of effort, heart and passion that my ladies put onto the floor tonight,” he said. “This team knows that we give ourselves an opportunity to win every time we step onto the floor – that is fun to be a part of.”