It was a tough night of shooting for the Kiowa County Mavericks girls basketball team Thursday night, and the South Gray Rebels took advantage.
South Gray advanced to the Championship Game of the 2019 SPIAA League Basketball Tournament with a 38-32 win over Kiowa County Thursday night.
They’ll play South Central at 6 p.m. Saturday.
South Gray junior Christy Wiebe had a team-high 10 points. Sophomore Megan Tarn had 9. Junior Emma Jantz and sophomore Debbie Peters each had 6.
Overall, however, it was a combined team effort that allowed the Rebels to advance.
“We’re a team, that’s what makes us good is we’re a team,” Rebels coach Paul Clancy said. “We don’t have one single player. I know they manned up on Hannah (Askew) all night, they (were) boxing-and-oneing her and she worked extremely hard, but out other girls stepped up and that’s why we won is because it was a team effort.”
Shooting was an issue for Kiowa County, in part because the Rebels played good defense Thursday.
“We were concerned with Sabrina Thomas,” Clancy said. “She had a big game against Spearville so we were focused on her. That’s the job we wanted to do and we got that done pretty well I think.”
Thomas, a junior for the Mavericks, had 12 points, and senior Brecken VandenHoek had a game-high 13.
With the loss, the Mavericks will play Bucklin for third place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Clancy said Saturday’s game against South Central will be a tough battle, but attributed Thursday’s win to the level of competition the team has played in its league.
“We’ve played tough competition all year long,” Clancy said. “A lot of losses are within this league. It was a tough game. Kiowa County’s good, they proved that beating Spearville.”