Sixteen turnovers spelled doom for the Lady Blazers in a 36-25 home loss to rival Bishop Miege in Eastern Kansas League action, Dec. 7.
Gardner Edgerton High School fell behind 12-4 after one quarter but rallied in the second quarter behind the scoring of Shelby VanDeBerghe. Back came Miege with a 10-0 run to hold a 22-8 halftime lead. Miege increased their lead to 30-16 at the end of three quarters and held on for the win.
GEHS stepped up its defensive pressure in the fourth quarter holding Miege to just 6 points.
Meanwhile, freshman Abbie Buie found the range from 3 point land and pulled GEHS within 32-23. That was as close as the Blazers would get in taking their second loss of the season.
Things proved to be a bit closer in a 41-36 season opening home loss to Mill Valley, Dec 4. The Lady Blazers executed their offense and played solid defense despite the loss.
Mill Valley jumped to a 6-2 first quarter lead only to see GEHS rally. Danie Plank’s 3 pointer tied the game at 7-7 and the Blazers pulled within 22-17 by halftime. Both teams turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and Mill Valley clinged to a close 28-24 lead entering the fourth quarter.
“We did a good job of taking care of the basketball,” said Coach Scott Schaefer. “That was a goal we talked about at halftime. We played solid defense.”
GEHS kept battling back and pulled within 37-34 with just 23 seconds remaining in the game. The Blazers had a chance to tie the game with just 10 seconds left but a 3 pointer went awry. Valley sealed the verdict with two clutch free throws in the closing seconds.
Despite the loss, GEHS got a big game from Plank who netted a season high 19 points. VanDeBerghe added 9 points; Harley Rousselo had 6 points and Angellice Tucker, 2 points.
Now 0-2, GEHS returned to the court in home action against Olathe North, Dec. 11. The team faces a stern road test at Blue Valley West Dec. 14.
“We will get better with each game,” added Coach Schaefer. “The kids continue to work hard and improve.”