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Girls’ season ends with third loss to Rangers

Published: Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Freshman Morgan Parys drives by Newell’s Kamira Miller during last Thursday night’s game at the Armory. Parys scored four points in the Wildcat win.

 

By Jason Ferguson
You can forgive the Custer High School girls basketball team if it doesn’t want to see its rivals to the north for the rest of the winter.
For the third time this season, the Custer Wildcats played the Hill City Rangers Monday night. And, for the third time this season, the Rangers came out on top, this time ending Custer’s season with a 55-35 win over the visiting Wildcats in the first round of Region 8A play.
After a tight first half the Rangers went into the post early and often, as Jenni Qualm scored 22 of her 26 points in the second half, with the Wildcat defense having no answer for her down low.
“That has been our Achilles’ heel all year, our post defense,”â��Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas said.â��“Our post players worked hard all year, but we just couldn’t contain the post like we were hoping.”
Ornelas said the team tried different defenders on Qualm and even tried doubling her, but nothing seemed to work.
Custer trailed only 18-15 at the half, but it was a 24-10 in the third period—a period that proved to be the team’s undoing in many games this year—that sealed the Wildcats’ fate.
Jasmine Cisneros, who enjoyed a strong second half of the season, led the team in scoring, with 16 points. She was the only wildcat to reach double figures.
“Offensively, we did well. We created some shots,” Ornelas said. “We needed to attack  more, but I will always say that.”
Last Friday night the team traveled to Lead-Deadwood and was handled by the Golddiggers 62-30.
The Wildcats actually led after the first period, but were outscored 18-3 in the second quarter and 16-6 in the third quarter. Much of the ’Diggers damage against the ’Cats came via a barrage of three-pointers.
“We got them out of their press break. We scored against them pretty easily on that,”â��Ornelas said.â��“Then they starting lighting up from the three-point line.”
Meanwhile, Custer went cold from the field, struggling to make any baskets against the 1-3-1 defense Lead-Deadwood employed.
Cisneros was the team’s leading scorer, with 12 points, eight of which came in the first period.
Last Thursday night the girls closed out the home portion of their season with a 50-39 win over the visiting Irrigators, behind 16 points from Cisneros and 12 points from Jade Spring.
The girls led wire to wire in the game, holding the ’Gators to three first period points and enjoying one of their better shooting nights of the season. While the Wildcat defense was holding Newell without a point for over six minutes the Wildcats were making plenty of buckets of their own, including a Cisneros three-pointer followed by four consecutive points by Spring that made the score 23-10. That was followed by a Billie Wicks steal and layup that led to a Newell timeout with 2:16 and a 15 point lead for Custer.
After the Irrigators cut the lead to seven points via a pair of Billie Mutchler free throws Custer pushed the lead back out to 13 with a banked-in three-pointer from Spring on which she was fouled.
The lead ballooned to almost 20 in the fourth quarter after a Morgan Parys basket inside and another Cisneros basket off an assist from Wicks. Midway through the fourth quarter Ornelas and the team backed off the onslaught and emptied its bench for the remainder of the game.
“We never let up and that was good to see. The girls kept working hard,” Ornelas said.â��“A lot of times we let up and let the team back in the game. The focus was better. You never know how the focus will be on parents’ night and senior night.”
The Wildcats finish the season with a record of 4-17, which is three more wins than the team was able to muster a year ago.
Ornelas said saw marked improvement from her younger players and added she sees the drive in those younger players—the team had only three seniors and had seven players who were freshman or eighth graders on the varsity—to dramatically improve next year.
“For us to compete with anyone in the Black Hills Conference, we have to put in the time in the offseason,” she said.â��“Last year was the first year in two years we had some girls come in and work. We have to continue that. Summer camp, summer league, get in the gym and shoot...the offseason is the time to work, and some of the girls are getting into that.”
Custer 5 10 10 10 —35
HC 6 12 24 13 —55
Custer—Jasmine Cisneros 4, 6-6 16, Billie Wicks 1 0-0 2, Jade Spring 0 1-3 1, Nykyla Malinosky 2 0-1 4, Morgan Parys 1 0-0 2, Tori Glazier 3 2-2 8, Taren Jones 1 0-0 2. Totals:â��12 9-12 35.
Hill City—Allie Henderson 5 0-0 10, Mikahla Ferguson 1 0-2 2, Jenni Qualm 11 4-4 26, Michal Wiederhold 1 0-0 2, Makenzie Becker 3 2-2 10, Dory Schrier 2 1-2 5. Totals:â��23 7-10 55.
Three-point goals: Custer 2 (Cisneros 2), HC�2 (Becker 2). Total fouls:�Custer 13, HC�19. Fouled out: none.
Custer 14 3 6 6 —29
LD 11 18 16 17 —62
Custer—Jasmine Cisneros 4 2-2 12, Nykyla Malinosky 1 0-2 2, Morgan Parys 1 1-2 3, Paige Seidler 0 0-2 0, Tori Glazier 2 3-4 7, Taylor Carlson 1 0-0 2, Taren Jones 1 1-2 3. Totals: 10 7-14 29.
Lead-Deadwood—Kaitlin Sulentic 0 2-4 2, Hannah Rogers 0 0-2 0, Ashley Hansen 4 0-0 12, Hanah Cerkoney 1 0-2 2, Nash Williams 3 0-0 6, Maddisen Larsen 0 0-1 0, Jade Derby 7 4-5 20, Miranda Gallagher 7 6-8 20. Totals:â��22 -12-21 62.
Three-point goals:�Custer 2 (Cisernos 2), LD�6 (Hansen 4, Derby 2). Total fouls:�Custer 17, LD�11. Fouled out: none.
Custer 14 11 15 10 —50
Newell 3 13 11 12 —39
Custer—Jasmine Cisneros 6, 0-0 16, Billie Wicks 2 0-0 4, Jade Spring 3 5-9 12, Nykyla Malinosky 2 4-7 8, Morgan Parys 2 0-0 4, Paige Seidler 0 0-2 0, Tori Glazier 0 1-2 1, Taylor Carlson 1 0-0 3, Taren Jones 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 10-20 50.
Newell—Courtney Dahlberg 4 0-0 8, Kamira Miller 3 0-0 6, Ballie Mutchler 2 6-8 10, Kelsie Collins 1 1-2 5, Delaneyâ��Leber 0 2-2 2, Amber Garner 1 0-2 2, Mandee Williamson 1 0-0 2, Tori Gaer 1 1-2 4. Totals:â��14 9-16 39.
Three-point goals: Custer 6 (Cisneros 4, Spring, Carlson), Newell 2 (Collins, Gaer). Total fouls: Custer 15, Newell 18. Fouled out: Miller.

You can forgive the Custer High School girls basketball team if it doesn’t want to see its rivals to the north for the rest of the winter.

For the third time this season, the Custer Wildcats played the Hill City Rangers Monday night. And, for the third time this season, the Rangers came out on top, this time ending Custer’s season with a 55-35 win over the visiting Wildcats in the first round of Region 8A play.

After a tight first half the Rangers went into the post early and often, as Jenni Qualm scored 22 of her 26 points in the second half, with the Wildcat defense having no answer for her down low.

“That has been our Achilles’ heel all year, our post defense,”â��Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas said.â��“Our post players worked hard all year, but we just couldn’t contain the post like we were hoping.”

Ornelas said the team tried different defenders on Qualm and even tried doubling her, but nothing seemed to work.

Custer trailed only 18-15 at the half, but it was a 24-10 in the third period—a period that proved to be the team’s undoing in many games this year—that sealed the Wildcats’ fate.

Jasmine Cisneros, who enjoyed a strong second half of the season, led the team in scoring, with 16 points. She was the only wildcat to reach double figures.

“Offensively, we did well. We created some shots,” Ornelas said. “We needed to attack  more, but I will always say that.”

Last Friday night the team traveled to Lead-Deadwood and was handled by the Golddiggers 62-30.

The Wildcats actually led after the first period, but were outscored 18-3 in the second quarter and 16-6 in the third quarter. Much of the ’Diggers damage against the ’Cats came via a barrage of three-pointers.

“We got them out of their press break. We scored against them pretty easily on that,”â��Ornelas said.â��“Then they starting lighting up from the three-point line.”

Meanwhile, Custer went cold from the field, struggling to make any baskets against the 1-3-1 defense Lead-Deadwood employed.

Cisneros was the team’s leading scorer, with 12 points, eight of which came in the first period.

Last Thursday night the girls closed out the home portion of their season with a 50-39 win over the visiting Irrigators, behind 16 points from Cisneros and 12 points from Jade Spring.

The girls led wire to wire in the game, holding the ’Gators to three first period points and enjoying one of their better shooting nights of the season. While the Wildcat defense was holding Newell without a point for over six minutes the Wildcats were making plenty of buckets of their own, including a Cisneros three-pointer followed by four consecutive points by Spring that made the score 23-10. That was followed by a Billie Wicks steal and layup that led to a Newell timeout with 2:16 and a 15 point lead for Custer.

After the Irrigators cut the lead to seven points via a pair of Billie Mutchler free throws Custer pushed the lead back out to 13 with a banked-in three-pointer from Spring on which she was fouled.

The lead ballooned to almost 20 in the fourth quarter after a Morgan Parys basket inside and another Cisneros basket off an assist from Wicks. Midway through the fourth quarter Ornelas and the team backed off the onslaught and emptied its bench for the remainder of the game.

“We never let up and that was good to see. The girls kept working hard,” Ornelas said.â��“A lot of times we let up and let the team back in the game. The focus was better. You never know how the focus will be on parents’ night and senior night.”

The Wildcats finish the season with a record of 4-17, which is three more wins than the team was able to muster a year ago.

Ornelas said saw marked improvement from her younger players and added she sees the drive in those younger players—the team had only three seniors and had seven players who were freshman or eighth graders on the varsity—to dramatically improve next year.

“For us to compete with anyone in the Black Hills Conference, we have to put in the time in the offseason,” she said.â��“Last year was the first year in two years we had some girls come in and work. We have to continue that. Summer camp, summer league, get in the gym and shoot...the offseason is the time to work, and some of the girls are getting into that.”

Custer 5 10 10 10 —35

HC 6 12 24 13 —55

Custer—Jasmine Cisneros 4, 6-6 16, Billie Wicks 1 0-0 2, Jade Spring 0 1-3 1, Nykyla Malinosky 2 0-1 4, Morgan Parys 1 0-0 2, Tori Glazier 3 2-2 8, Taren Jones 1 0-0 2. Totals:â��12 9-12 35.

Hill City—Allie Henderson 5 0-0 10, Mikahla Ferguson 1 0-2 2, Jenni Qualm 11 4-4 26, Michal Wiederhold 1 0-0 2, Makenzie Becker 3 2-2 10, Dory Schrier 2 1-2 5. Totals:â��23 7-10 55.

Three-point goals: Custer 2 (Cisneros 2), HC�2 (Becker 2). Total fouls:�Custer 13, HC�19. Fouled out: none.

Custer 14 3 6 6 —29

LD 11 18 16 17 —62

Custer—Jasmine Cisneros 4 2-2 12, Nykyla Malinosky 1 0-2 2, Morgan Parys 1 1-2 3, Paige Seidler 0 0-2 0, Tori Glazier 2 3-4 7, Taylor Carlson 1 0-0 2, Taren Jones 1 1-2 3. Totals: 10 7-14 29.

Lead-Deadwood—Kaitlin Sulentic 0 2-4 2, Hannah Rogers 0 0-2 0, Ashley Hansen 4 0-0 12, Hanah Cerkoney 1 0-2 2, Nash Williams 3 0-0 6, Maddisen Larsen 0 0-1 0, Jade Derby 7 4-5 20, Miranda Gallagher 7 6-8 20. Totals:â��22 -12-21 62.

Three-point goals:�Custer 2 (Cisernos 2), LD�6 (Hansen 4, Derby 2). Total fouls:�Custer 17, LD�11. Fouled out: none.

Custer 14 11 15 10 —50

Newell 3 13 11 12 —39

Custer—Jasmine Cisneros 6, 0-0 16, Billie Wicks 2 0-0 4, Jade Spring 3 5-9 12, Nykyla Malinosky 2 4-7 8, Morgan Parys 2 0-0 4, Paige Seidler 0 0-2 0, Tori Glazier 0 1-2 1, Taylor Carlson 1 0-0 3, Taren Jones 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 10-20 50.

Newell—Courtney Dahlberg 4 0-0 8, Kamira Miller 3 0-0 6, Ballie Mutchler 2 6-8 10, Kelsie Collins 1 1-2 5, Delaneyâ��Leber 0 2-2 2, Amber Garner 1 0-2 2, Mandee Williamson 1 0-0 2, Tori Gaer 1 1-2 4. Totals:â��14 9-16 39.

Three-point goals: Custer 6 (Cisneros 4, Spring, Carlson), Newell 2 (Collins, Gaer). Total fouls: Custer 15, Newell 18. Fouled out: Miller.

 



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