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Defense key to Kearney Catholic girls basketball improvement

Defense key to Kearney Catholic girls basketball improvement

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Kearney Catholic’s Callie Squiers (44) and Jacee Nore (15) battle with Lexington’s Mia Rowe for control of a loose ball during Tuesday’s game at Kearney Catholic. The Stars defeated Lexington 59-26.

KEARNEY — Kearney Catholic’s girls are starting to make some noise.

After a two-point loss to unbeaten Grand Island Central Catholic and a three-point loss to Class A North Platte, the Stars produced their highest point production of the season Tuesday night in a 59-26 win over Class B Lexington.

“We are playing better,” Kearney Catholic coach Rick Petri said. “We’re playing really good defense right now, so I’m encouraged.”

The Stars (6-7) held Lexington scoreless for nearly eight minutes in the first half. The Minutemaids shot 22% and committed 23 turnovers while falling to 2-8. Sarah Treffer led Lexington with 12 points, going 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.

“Our kids guard really well. They’re just making the effort to do it and sometimes that requires a little bit of want-to, and I think that we’re getting that,” Petri said.

The offense, at times, took advantage of the Lexington turnovers to get points on the other end. KCHS Catholic had four players score in double figures, led by Ashley Keck with 13 points. Kyla Reifenrath added 11 while Liv Nore and Ashlyn Wischmeier scored 10 each.

The balanced scoring has not been a trademark for the team this year.

But the Stars had a rough time of their own controlling the ball by matching Lexington’s turnover numbers with 23.

“We talk about turnovers all the time,” Petri said. “It’s frustrating because a lot of those are just unforced, kids not doing what they’re supposed to ... trying to do something extra special or trying to drive past somebody that maybe we shouldn’t. We can clean those up.”


KCHS 59, Lexington 26

Score by Quarters

Lexington (2-8)4 11  3  8 — 26

KCHS (6-7)18 12 16 13 — 59

Lexington — Sarah Treffer 12, Mia Rowe 3, Kalli Sutton 3, Kim Barraza 3, Klair Fagot 2, Gracey Smith 2, Emily Jimenz 1

Kearney Catholic — Ashley Keck 13, Kyla Reifenrath 11, Liv Nore 10, Ashly Wischmeier 10, Callie Squiers 6, Alexis Keim 3, Jenna Kruse 2, Ella Amato 2, Kyleigh Seim 2.

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