The South Gray Rebels girls basketball team opened the season 1-0 this week, beating the Bucklin Red Aces Dec. 1. by a score of 62-44.
The Rebels scored 19 fourth-quarter points.
Rebel junior Hannah Askew led all scorers with 18 points. Senior Emily Salmans had 13 points and sophomore Emma Jantz had 10.
Despite the 18-point difference in the final score, South Gray head coach Paul Clancy said the game was closer than it might seem just looking at the final number.
“Bucklin was a really good defensive team and the score really wasn’t indicative of the game,” Clancy said. “We were leading by I think either five or six going into the fourth quarter. So going into the fourth quarter it was still a very competitive ballgame.”
The 19 final-stanza points were the most the team scored in a quarter all night.
“We finally started to hit some shots there in the fourth quarter, we kind of struggled making shots throughout the game,” Clancy said. “Bucklin played a very good 1-3-1 zone defense. We had lots of chip-shots and put-backs off rebounds that we just didn’t convert on.”
The girls ground it out though, he said. Part of the challenge for the team was its youth. The team has just two seniors and five juniors on its 18-player roster.
“We’re a very young team and I think for the first game we had a little bit of nerves and played outstanding defense and pushed the ball up the floor real well,” Clancy said. “At times we just wouldn’t convert on the easy shots.”
Salmans, Askew and Jantz ere just three of the four rebels who finished in double-digits however.
One of the team’s biggest questions coming into this season has been point guard and who would play it. On Saturday, one person who took a step toward earning the spot was sophomore Christy Wiebe, who had 12 points in the win.
“As of right now, (point guard is) probably falling into the hands of Christy Wiebe,” Clancy said. “She played outstanding. She played 30 minutes in the ballgame and only had three turnovers.”
Wiebe also led the team in assists.
Overall, Clancy said he was happy with the performance.
“For the first game we had four girls in double-figures, and scored 62 points,” Clancy said. “I was really pleased with that especially with the shots that we missed. I mean we could have put a lot more points on the board if we had converted on some of those put-backs or layups out of transition.”
At 1-0, the Rebels will be competing in the Cimarron Invitational in Cimarron, Kansas, this week. That event started Monday and will finish Saturday, with games Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. After that, the team heads to Ingalls, Kansas, where they’ll play against Ingalls next Tuesday.
The girls game between South Gray and Ingalls is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., while the boys will start at 8.