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Millard West starts fast, downs Grand Island
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Millard West starts fast, downs Grand Island

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Grand Island Senior High’s Brayden Wald pulls down a rebound against Millard West Saturday night.

Millard West quickly put Grand Island Senior High in the rearview mirror Saturday.

The Wildcats scored 22 unanswered points in the first quarter, and they were well on their way towards a 67-30 victory.

“We made shots early. That was the big thing,” Millard West coach Bill Morrison said. “We kind of set some defensive goals, and I think our guys came out with more energy than we had in the first three games.”

Grand Island (1-3) got the first basket of the game. By the time the Islanders scored again, they were trailing by 20 points and it was over a minute into the second quarter.

“Our lack of preparation for the basketball game showed up there (during the 22-0 run) and throughout the entire first half,” Islander coach Jeremiah Slough said. “We just weren’t prepared to play.”

Grand Island was 1-for-9, including 0-for-6 on 3-pointers, with seven turnovers in the first period.

Morrison said the Wildcats (2-2) did what they hoped to do on defense.

“We didn’t want to let them drive middle and we didn’t want to let them get anything in the paint,” he said.

“Those were the two things we were keying on.”

Slough said the turnovers were the biggest problems on the court for the Islanders.

“We were getting whatever look we wanted on the offensive side, but we weren’t taking care of the ball against their pressure,” he said. “We just continuously turned it over.

“The half-court wasn’t the issue. Missing the baskets wasn’t the issue. It was the fact that we weren’t prepared to play the basketball game and we didn’t take care of it.”

Shae Wyatt led Millard West’s 11 scorers with 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Colby Gomes added 11 points and eight rebounds.

Shay Schanaman’s six points led Grand Island, which needs to turn the loss into a learning experience, Slough said.

“We’re going to use it as a lesson and fuel our fire,” he said. “We talk about playing the Islander way and playing for the name on our shirt. Tonight we didn’t do that.”

Millard West ........................... 22 8 18 19—67

Grand Island .......................... 2 10 6 12—30

MILLARD WEST (2-2): A. Hall 1-4 2-4 5, Hay 3-9 0-0 8, Anderjaska 1-2 0-0 2, Wyatt 7-7 0-0 18, Gomes 4-5 2-2 11, Humphrey 2-2 1-2 5, C. Hall 1-4 1-2 4, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Guido 2-4 0-0 4, Russell 2-2 0-0 4, Sidiqi 1-1 0-0 2, Burling 2-7 0-1 4. Totals 26-47 6-11 67.

GRAND ISLAND (1-3): Burnham 1-1 0-0 2, Schanaman 2-9 0-0 6, Wald 2-5 0-0 4, Root 1-4 0-0 2, Redwine 1-2 0-0 2, Gangra 0-1 0-0 0, Warren 2-10 0-0 5, Trotter 0-1 2-2 2, Yusif 2-3 0-0 4, Silimon 0-1 0-0 0, Vahle 0-1 0-0 0, Ludwig 0-1 0-0 0, Keezper 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 12-41 3-4 30.

3-point field goals—MW 9-19 (A. Hall 1-3, Hay 2-6, C. Hall 1-4. Wyatt 4-4, Guido 0-1, Gomes 1-1), GI 3-19 (Warren 1-5, Schanaman 2-9, Trotter 0-1, Root 0-3, Vahle 0-1). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—MW 35 (Gomes 8), GI 18 (Schanaman, Wald 5). Assists—MW 14 (A. Hall 5), GI 2. Turnovers—MW 11, GI 14. Total fouls—MW 12, GI 12. Technicals—none.

GIRLS

Class A preseason No. 1-rated Millard West made it difficult for Grand Island Senior High to even get a shot off early in their game Saturday.

The Wildcats forced the Islanders into turnovers on eight of their first nine possessions and scored the first nine points en route to a 66-31 win.

“We were able to force a lot of turnovers and just kind of got them sped up a little bit,” Millard West coach Marc Kruger said. “We were able to convert, and we got the ball into the post and got some easy buckets.”

Grand Island (0-4) had twice as many turnovers (12) as shot attempts (6) in the first quarter.

“When you turn the ball over, there’s a little bit of wide-eyed out there,” G.I. coach Alex Michel said. “The game just needs to keep slowing down for us. I saw it in the second, third and fourth quarters start to slow down a little more for our young girls.”

Lauren Rongisch and Philomena Lammers each had 15 points for the Wildcats (4-0), who played all 14 suited up by halftime and had 13 of them score in the game. Courtney Merryweather added 13 points.

But it wasn’t a perfect performance, Kruger said.

“It was kind of frustrating,” he said. “I thought we were kind of sloppy. We fouled way too much and gave them way too many points at the foul line. I kind of got into them pretty good at halftime. Then in the second half, until the very end when a girl made a 3-pointer, we only gave up seven points.”

Josie Jacobson scored 12 points to lead the Islanders. She had nine in the second quarter, during which Grand Island scored 18 of its 31 points.

Grand Island played five sophomores, three freshmen, two seniors and a junior. Michel said his young team continues to make steady progress.

“This team is so much fun to coach, and they’ve give a great effort every single day,” he said. “They love each other. It’s really cool to see how all our seniors love our freshmen. Our juniors and sophomores get along.

“It’s been fun to see this group meld together, and it’s good to see how that’s going. We’re taking it step-by-step, and every day we’re getting better.”

Millard West ............................ 16 21 17 12—66

Grand Island ........................... 3 18 3 7—31

MILLARD WEST (4-0): Rongisch 6-11 1-1 15, Bosak 1-2 0-0 2, Moseman 1-3 0-0 3, Lo. Black 1-5 0-0 2, Lammers 6-9 3-6 15, Le. Black 1-3 0-0 2, Merryweather 5-7 3-4 13, Hruby 1-2 0-0 2, Koch 2-2 0-0 4, Farrell 1-2 0-0 2, Pfanstiel 0-2 2-2 2, Schipper 1-1 0-0 2, OSborne 1-1 0-0 2, Campbell 0-3 0-0 0.

GRAND ISLAND (0-4): Wald 1-1 2-3 4, Boroff 0-3 2-4 2, Blase 0-7 2-4 2, Jacobson 3-7 6-7 12, Norvell 0-4 2-2 2, Hoos 1-4 2-2 4, Blair 1-2 0-0 2, Rojas 0-0 0-0 0, Eihusen 0-0 0-0 0, Whaley 1-1 0-0 3, Aguilar 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 7-30 16-22 31.

3-point field goals—MW 3-16 (Rongisch 2-7, Bosak 0-1, Moseman 1-3, Lo. Black 0-1, Le. Black 0-2, Farrell 0-1, Pfanstiel 0-1), GI 1-10 (Boroff 0-3, Jacobson 0-1, Norvell 0-3, Hoos 0-1, Whaley 1-1, Aguilar 0-1). Fouled out—Norvell, Hoos. Rebounds—MW, 37 (Lammers 8), GI 18 (Boroff 6). Assists—MW 9 (Moseman, Farrell 2), GI 5 (Jacobson 2). Turnovers—MW 22, GI 31. Total fouls—MW 20, GI 15. Technicals—none.

Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska Prep Zone

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