Lyle-Pacelli girls open strong in win over Blooming PrairiePublished 10:35pm Thursday, December 5, 2013
LYLE — The Lyle-Pacelli girls basketball team opened up on full throttle and it never let up as they topped Blooming Prairie 58-19 in Lyle Thursday.
The Athletics (2-0 overall) opened the game on a 23-4 run as they knocked down four 3-pointers early on. Courtney Walter led LP’s charge with 20 points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds.
“I don’t think anybody doubts us anymore. Everyone on the team knows how great we can be together,” Walter said. “(Hitting those early 3s) helped a lot. I haven’t been shooting very well lately. I just wanted to come out strong tonight. It was a big game and I wanted to do as much as I could.”
The Athletics forced 30 turnovers as they limited the Blossoms offense all night long. BP didn’t connect on its first field goal of the game until there was 7:26 left in the first half.
“We came out motivated,” LP head coach Justin Morris said. “We’ve talked all week about how we wanted to come out and earn some respect. Blooming Prairie’s an extremely good basketball team and we wanted to come out and dictate tempo.”
No. 9 ranked LP had balance from its lineup as Sarah Holtz scored 17 points, Brooke Walter had 11 points and six assists and Ann Rysavy added nine points, six rebounds, three assists and steals for LP.
Rysavy said her team’s fast start may have even surpised her a little bit.
“I know how good our team is and I expect a lot out of us, but that was really quick. It was pretty awesome,” Rysavy said. “We can’t let up at all (from now on). We’re not going to take it lightly and we have high expectations.”
No. 6 ranked BP (1-1 overall) had trouble getting into its offensive sets and only one player — Taylor Hagen, who scored eight points — had more than two points.
“It was a whirlwind,” BP head coach John Worke said. “They came out hot and they fed off that start and we played a little scared.”
LP’s plan was to limit Hagan, who has committed to Division I Northern Iowa, and Madison Worke and it paid off. LP’s defensive pressure caused a lot of chaos and it kept the pace at a high tempo.
“We felt like if we could take the ball out of Worke’s hands and double down on Hagen then we would be successful,” Morris said. “That’s what we did tonight.”
BP 10 9 — 19
LP 32 26 — 58
LP scoring: Courtney Walter, 20; Sarah Holtz, 17; Brooke Walter, 11; Ann Rysavy, 9; Madison Truckenmiller, 1; free throws: 39 percent (7-for-18); rebounds: 30 (Rysavy, 6); turnovers: 17
BP scoring: Taylor Hagen, 8; Tessa Ivers, 2; Madison Worke, 2; Alanna Grant, 2; free throws: 43 percent (6-for-14); rebounds: 29 (Nicole Inwards, 7); turnovers: 30