Dave Switzer
Special to The Gardner News
Blue Valley won the battle at the free throw stripe which would lead to a 52-43 win over Gardner Edgerton in an EKL varsity girls’ game played on Jan. 21. The Tigers hit 18 of 27 charities in the game while GE would only sink 6 of 15.
Both teams shot well from the field, each hitting over 45 percent of their attempts on two-point field goal attempts.  Blue Valley hit 44 percent of their three-point shots while the Lady ‘Blazers would hit 33 percent of their attempts from three-point land.
The Tigers led from the outset, holding an 11-8 advantage after one period and increasing that to 29-22 at the half.
GE stayed within striking distance for most of the final two periods, trailing 43-33 after three periods before falling 52-43.
Tonisha Walker and Ashlee Bilhimer led GE in scoring with ten points each.  Bilhimer hit five of her eight field goal attempts in her double-digit scoring effort while Walker was three of six from the field and four from the free throw line in her superb outing.
Dani Plank added seven, Kiley Reindl-Boden had six which included two trifectas, and Kari Devlin had four.  Molly Porter added three and Izzy Mullins and Britany Parks had two points and one point respectively.Plank led the rebounding effort with five caroms.
“We ran into a very good defensive team with size as they had four starters taller than any one of our players.  We had problems with offensive execution.  The free throw line was a difference,” said head coach Scott Scahefer after the contest.