Mater Dei outlasts Nashville; Central, Althoff score wins

News-DemocratJanuary 21, 2014 

Mater Dei’s inside attack enabled the Knights to break open a close game.

Avoynna Kampwerth had 13 points and Lauren Donnewald added 12 points as the Knights beat the Nashville Hornettes 38-28

Monday in the Scott Credit Union/Highland Girls Basketball Tournament. “I think both teams played pretty good defense and we were able to get the ball inside during that run,” Mater Dei coach Dave Kohnen said. The Knights used an 11-0 run in the second half to turn a onepoint advantage into a 12-point cushion with 5:23 left to play. The 6-foot Kampwerth had six points to key the run. “We started the second half a little bit of one pass, one shot, and we had to start getting into a moton offense to get a get a little rhythm going,” Kohnen said. “Once we did that, we played a little better.”

The Knights (14-6) will play the Central Cougars (21-0) at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinal round of the tourney.

The Hornettes (18-2), who will play the Salem Wildcats at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, were 4-for-22 shooting from the 3-point arc.

“We’re not making any shots right now,” Nashville coach Wayne Harre said. “We have to make some perimeter shots.”

Hannah Yung connected on all four of the Hornettes’ 3-pointers to finish with a team-leading 12 points.

“Nobody else could make a shot,” Harre said. “Hannah had a great game. I don’t think we would have scored 20 points if she hadn’t hit some shots.”

The Knights led 12-5 after a three-point play by Kampwerth with 23 seconds left in the first quarter, but Yung hit two 3-pointers during a 10-0 run that pulled in Hornettes in front 15-12.

A 3-pointer by Mater Dei’s Madeline Lager with one minute left in the second quarter sent the two teams into the locker room at halftime tied at 15-15.

Yung and Lager traded 3-pointers at the start of the second half, and game turned into a track meet after that as both teams raced up and down the court without scoring.

“I thought it was was hockey game the way the thing was flying back and forth,” Kohnen said. “They should have called icing a couple of times. I don’t know what was going on. Both teams were doing it.”

The Knights finally settled down and took control of the game by scoring the final three points of the third quarter and the first eight points of the fourth quarter.

Central 51, Salem 27

The undefeated Central Cougars limited the Salem Wildcats to nine points in the first half as they used their defense to overcome their outside shooting struggles.

“I was really proud of the way our kids came out and defended tonight,” said Central coach Nathan Rueter, whose team built up a 25-4 lead. “We gave them a lot of problems on the perimeter. They didn’t get into the flow of their offense much. It was good to see.”

The Cougars were 0-for-11 shooting from 3-point range.

“All of the shots we took were good shots, and we told those kids, if you get those 11 shots or whatever next time, you take them all because the way we typically shot it, three or four of those are going to fall and that makes us just that more difficult to guard. It was good to be able to get a win lke this on a night when we didn’t shoot it well.”

The Cougars led 25-9 at halftime and scored the first eight points of the third quarter to go up 33-9.

Maddie Timmermann led the Cougars with 19 points, followed by Kendra Wilken with 14 points and Torre Kohrmann with 12 points.

“She played great tonight,” Rueter said of Timmermann. “I told (assistant coach) Kelly (Schumacher) in practice that I thought she was going to have a big night tonight. I knew they were going to gear things to stop Kendra, and Maddie’s athleticism, they didn’t have anybody who can match up with that inside. She really exploited that.”

Kailey Baer led Salem with 11 points.

Althoff 60, Cowden-Herrick Beecher City 26

Senior Rachel Kaltwasser scored 12 of her 14 points in the first quarter as the Althoff Crusaders vaulted out to a 28-5 lead and never looked back in a win over the Cowden-Herrick Beecher City Hornets.

“That’s big for us,” Althoff coach Todd Hill said of Kaltwasser having a hot hand in the first quarter. “That’s our leadership, that’s our only senior . It’s kind of her setting the tone for the young kids, and she has been stepping up.”

Hill said the Crusaders also had a hot-shooting first quarter in a 61-53 to Salem on Saturday in the opening round of the tourney, but they were unable to match that effort on the defensive end.

“We came out and actually got off to a good start Saturday,” Hill said. “I think we scored 18 in the first quarter of that one, but the problem was that gave up 18. Today, we wanted to focus on getting stops and points.”

The Crusaders (7-6) advance to play the Nokomis Redskins at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinal round of the consolation bracket.

“Every chance we get to play, man, it’s great for us,” Hill said. “You can only practice so much. You have to get that time on the floor, especially with young kids, to get better.”

The Crusaders also got nine points from junior Mary Jackson and freshman Maggie Reimer and eight points from freshman Kyleigh Vaught.

Nokomis 49,

Hillsboro 48

Josie Foster sank a free throw with 1.1 second left as Nokomis edged Hillsboro.

Foster was fouled as she tried to put back a rebound.

Foster made the first throw. She missed the second and grabbed the rebound and scored, but the basket didn’t count because it came after the buzzer.

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