PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Key run carries CGB past Dawson-Boyd

Photo by Brennen Rupp Dawson-Boyd’s Alex Sather goes up for a shot during their game against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Monday. The Blackjacks fell to the Wolverines 63-55.

DAWSON – A 12-0 run from Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley to close out the first half proved to be the difference Monday evening when they traveled to Dawson to take on the Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks. With Dawson-Boyd holding a 30-22 lead the Wolverines closed out the opening half on a 12-0 run to take a 34-30 lead into the locker room. The Wolverines went on to defeat the Blackjacks 63-55.

” I think it was just mental lapses,” Dawson-Boyd coach Justin Wager said. “We didn’t stay engaged for a few seconds. We gave up about 20 points tonight where we just didn’t stay engaged. A couple steps here or there makes a big difference. We just have to stay intense and stay engaged.”

The Blackjacks were engaged on the defensive end of the court to open the game. They got stop after stop and jumped out to a 6-0 lead over the visiting Wolverines.

“I think it was getting stops defensively,” Wager said. “We were able to get some easy shots on fastbreak. That’s kind of been the key all year. If we stay engaged on defense we are able to get easy looks on offense.”

The Wolverines responded by going on a 9-0 run to take a 9-6 lead. An Alex Sather basket put an end to CGB’s run to make it a 9-8 game.

Gionna Parsa knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Blackjacks up 15-13. Avery Bartunek converted a 3-point play to give the Blackjacks an 18-13 lead.

With the Blackjacks holding a 23-19 lead Sather hit a 3-pointer to give the Blackjacks a 26-19 lead. With the Blackjacks in control at 30-22 the Wolverines seized control of the game by going on a 12-0 run to close out the half to take a 34-30 lead into the locker room.

Mary Bothun opened the scoring in the second half to make it one possession game. Sather tied the game at 34-34. The Wolverines quickly responded by going on an 8-0 run to take a 42-34 lead.

With the Blackjacks trailing 45-38 Bartunek scored six straight points to cut CGB’s lead to 45-44. The Wolverines once again responded by going on a 7-0 run to take a 52-44 lead.

Hannah Stelter knocked down a 3-pointer to cut CGB’s lead to 52-47. Sather hit a 3-pointer to make it a 52-50 game. Unfortunately for the Blackjack faithful that’s as close as they would get the rest of the game.

The Blackjacks were outrebounded 35-23. Wager said that’s been a common struggle for his team throughout the year.

“That’s been an all year type of thing,” he said. “We work really hard on defense and instead of finishing it off and grabbing that rebound we give up second chance points. That has cost us from to time. It’s been a struggle.”

Sather led the Blackjacks with 22 points. Bartunek finished with 13 points and five steals. Bothun finished with eight points and six rebounds.

The loss drops the Blackjacks to 7-13 overall. They’ll be back in action on Friday against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.

“We are playing better offensively,” Wager said. “If we can be consistent on defense I think we’ll be fine.”

CGB 34 29 63

DB 30 25 55

SCORING: DB (Sather 22; Bartunek 13; Bothun 8).

REBOUNDING: DB (Bothun 6; Johnson 5).

ASSISTS: DB (Bartunek 4).

STEALS: DB (Bartunek 5; Sather 3).