The Lady Bearcats Varsity and JV teams Monday night opened the 2017-18 campaign with big wins on their home hardwood over Father Tolton.
With three players scoring in double figures, the Head Coach Todd Anderson’s Varsity team used a 21-point second quarter to build a 64-47 opening-night victory.
In the JV contest, freshman guard Hannah Grosse went 10-for-11 at the free-throw line, connected on a 3-pointer and dropped in a 2 to lead the Lady Bearcats with 15 points in their 61-16 blowout of the JV Trailbrazers.
JV Head Coach Andy Emmons also saw freshman guard Grace Winkelmann score 13, including a 7-for-8 performance at the free-throw line, and sophomore forward Megan Schneider register 13.
In the Varsity matchup, senior forward Brooke Grosse and junior guard Allison Stiers each scored 15 while sophomore forward Quincy Erickson added 13. Erickson and Stiers both had hot hands at the charity stripe, both going 4-for-6 on the night.
Other Varsity Bearcats breaking into the scoring column were guard Caraline Brune with 3, forward Emma Godat with 6 coming from a pair of 3-pointers, senior forward Tess Schannuth with 9 and Megan Schneider with 3.
The Bearcats played the defensive boards quite well on the night, pulling down 25 defensive rebounds. Grosse led the team with 8 total rebounds, 7 on the defensive end of the court; Stiers and Schneider also each had 7 rebounds, each collecting 5 defensive rebounds.
In the Junior Varsity game, the Bearcats collecting points along with the Winkelmann, Grosse and Schneider were Maggie Kotthoff with 5, Allison Williman with 8, Kaylyn Powers with 1 and Elly Krueger with 6.
In the Varsity game, the only glaring concern was the number of turnovers — 21 — but that’s not all that unexpected considering it’s the first game of the season. That number should dwindle as the players become more accustomed to each other and running the plays becomes more routine.
The Lady Bearcats will use the rest of this week to prepare for next week’s Montgomery County Tournament. Their first game is Monday night against Silex.