Last week unkind to Wildcats
Published: Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Last week was an especially cruel one for the Custer High School girls basketball team, as it dropped three games over the course of 96 hours, all at the Armory.
The third and final loss came last Friday night at the Armory, when the Belle Fourche Broncs outscored the Wildcats 34-19 in the second half on the way to a 72-42 win.
After falling behind by 13 early, the Wildcats cut the Bronc lead to eight in the second quarter, thanks to a three-pointer by Jasmine Cisneros, two Jade Spring free throws and a turnaround jumper by Nykyla Malinosky. The Broncs finished the quarter on a 10-3 run, however, including a Morgan Ham basket inside after the Broncs grabbed two offensive rebounds and a three-pointer by Megan Teppo.
The second half was virtually all Broncs, with the Wildcats never able to cut the lead to much under 20 points.
“They had some easy baskets because of our lack of getting back (in transition),”âï¿½ï¿½head coach Steph Ornelas said. “It’s something that’s frustrating because we have worked on it.”
In all three of the Wildcats’ losses last week, giving up easy transition baskets were a trouble spot for the team.
“We haven’t comprehended the concept of stopping the ball,”âï¿½ï¿½Ornelas said.
Ornelas was happy, however, with the way the Wildcats handled the Broncs’ height advantage.
“Iâï¿½ï¿½thought our post defense contained well, but our guards have to make it more difficult to get a pass in,”âï¿½ï¿½she said.âï¿½ï¿½“All five have to play defense when they are on the floor.”
Cisneros was the team’s leading scorer in the game, with 11 points.
Last Thursday night, the girls played the visiting Wall Eagles close for the first half before falling behind big in the second half and losing 50-39.
Ornelas said much like in the Belle Fourche game, the trouble with Wall was staying consistent through all four quarters.
“We scored only 10 points in the third quarter, and they scored 20,” she said. “We’re not good enough to dig out of a hole. We have to play the entire time.”
Custer led the majority of the first period before the Eagles took the lead late in the quarter and never gave it back. Spring cut the Wall lead to two at 16-14 in the second quarter with a pair of free throws, but Wall went on a 7-2 run to close out the half and took a 23-16 lead into the break.
The Eagles eventually built up a 13-point lead in a second quarter that resembled as much of a track meet as a basketball game, with both teams taking turns running up and down the floor for layups, with neither team doing much in the way of stopping the ball or playing defense.
A Wall layup at the 3:42 mark of the third quarter put the Eagles up 35-20, which prompted an Ornelas timeout. Glazier buried a three-pointer after the timeout, but Wall continued to score inside and by the end of the third quarter, led 43-26.
Tori Glazier led a balanced Wildcat scoring effort in the loss with 11 points.
On Feb. 11, the ’Cats dug a large hole against Rapid City Christian, falling behind big in the first quarter before eventually tying the game in the second half, only to see the Comets pull away for a 45-36 win.
“We had a lack of focus going in, expecting it to be easier than it was,”âï¿½ï¿½Ornelas said.âï¿½ï¿½“The focus wasn’t there. When it didn’t go our way (at the beginning) the panic set in.”
The âï¿½ï¿½Wildcats had a tough time with the Comets’ press at the outset, as turnovers led to easy Comet baskets and an 11-2 Christian lead after a drive and basket by Erin Broberg.
In the second quarter the Wildcats got things back on track, with two straight baskets by Glazier, followed by an Ally Hass three that eventually put Custer within two points at 18-16. Christian maintained a four-to six-point cushion for the rest of the first half, however, thanks in large part to a bevy of transition baskets.
Ornelas said the biggest factor in her team’s ability to claw back into the game was that it settled down after a frantic first quarter.
“We calmed down and played basketball,” she said.âï¿½ï¿½“But then we kind of let up after that.”
Custer twice cut the Christian lead to two points on Cisneros baskets in the second quarter and finally tied the game at the 4:06 mark of the third quarter on a pair of Spring free throws. However, the Comets responded with a 6-0 run to end the quarter and led 38-32 heading into the final frame.
A Glazier basket early in the fourth quarter cut the Comet lead to four, which was as close as Custer would get. Hannah Morgan hit a pair of free throws for Christian, which was followed by another basket inside, which pushed the lead back to eight. A Rachel Mayforth basket for Christian with under a minute to play put the final nail in the coffin.
Glazier was again the team’s leading scorer with 10 points.
Despite the three losses, Ornelas said she continues to see improvement from her team as the season winds down, despite the lapses in defense and occasional rash of turnovers.
“You give a little leeway to guards to have a few turnovers because they have the ball the entire time,”âï¿½ï¿½she said.âï¿½ï¿½“But there is no excuse for forced passes.
“We’re heading in the right direction. We are hoping for the game the girls put it all together.”
The Wildcats (3-15) will have three more games this coming week, beginning with a Thursday night game against Newell in the Armory. The game, which will be the team’s final home game of the season, is also parents night.
“We’ll match up with them fairly well,”âï¿½ï¿½Ornelas said of Newell. “They are a young team with some pretty good athletes.”
The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip.
On Friday the team will head to Lead, for a matchup with the Lead-Deadwood ’Diggers. That game will tip at 6 p.m.
“They are pretty good. They have good post players and a couple of good guards,” Ornelas said.âï¿½ï¿½“They will be running the floor well. They like to cherry pick and get down the floor.”
The girls will open the first round of Region 8A play Monday, most likely at Hill City. The Wildcats have lost twice to the Rangers this season, although both games were close. That game will begin at 6 p.m.
Custer 9 14 13 6 —42
BF 22 16 19 15 72
Custer—Jasmine Cisneros 4 1-2 11, Jade Spring 2 2-4 7, Nykyla Malinosky 1 1-2 3, Morgan Parys 2 0-0 4, Julianne Thomsen 1 0-0 2, Tori Glazier 3 1-1 7, Taylor Carlson 2 0-0 5, Taren Jones 1 1-2 3. Totals:âï¿½ï¿½16 6-11 42.
Belle Fourche—Kassie Willard 1 0-0 2, Maddie Huffman 1 0-0 2, Liz Day 6 3-4 15, Taylor Gubbrud 3 1-2 7, Jessica Ryan 3 0-0 9, Fehrin Ward 2 0-0 4, Morgan Ham 9 4-5 23, Megan Teppo 1 0-0 3, Nicole Kling 0 1-2 1, Bailee Ward 3 0-0 6. Totals:âï¿½ï¿½29 9-13 72.
Three-point goals:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 4 (Cisneros 2, Spring, Carlson). BFâï¿½ï¿½5 (Ryan 3, Hamm, Teppo). Total fouls:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 15, BF 15. fouled out: none.
Custer 8 8 10 13 —39
Wall 11 12 20 7 —50
Custer—Jasmine Cisneros 2 0-0 6, Ally Hass 1 0-0 2, Jade Spring 0 4-6 4, Nykyla Malinosky 3 0-1 6, Morgan Parys 1 0-0 2, Julianne Thomsen 1 0-0 2, Paige Seidler 2 0-0 4, Tori Glazier 4 2-2 11, Taren Jones 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 6-9 39.
Wall—Josie Blasiys 1 5-5 7, Emily Linn 3 0-0 6, Monica Bielmaier 4 3-4 11, Carlee Johnson 3 2-2 8, Kaitlin Schreiber 5 24- 12, Katy Bielmaier 1 0-2 2, Savannah Johnston 1 0-1 2, Mattee Pavley 1 0-0 2. Totals:âï¿½ï¿½19 12-18 50.
Three-point goals: Custer 3 (Cisneros 2, Glazier). Total fouls:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 16, Wall 15. Fouled out: none.
Custer 5 17 10 4 —36
RCC 16 10 12 7 —45
Custer—Jasmine Cisneros 4 0-0 8, Ally Hass 2 0-0 5, Jade Spring 0 2-3 3, Nykyla Malinosky 1 0-0 2, Paige Seidler 1 0-0 2, Jordan Menken 1 2-4 4, Tori Glazier 5 0-1 10, Taren Jones 1 1-2 3. Totals:âï¿½ï¿½15 5-10 36.
RCC—Hannah Morgan 0 1-3 1, Rachelâï¿½ï¿½Mayforth 7 3-5 17, Sadie Palmer 2 0-0 4, Erin Broberg 3 1-2 7, Rachel Batie 3 2-2 8, McKanzie Hansen 3 0-0 6, Funke Ogunremi 0 2-2 2. Totals: 18 4-9 45.
Three-point goals:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 1 (Hass). Total fouls:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 17, RCC 13. Fouled out: Batie.
Click Here To See More Stories Like This