Cardinal girls get lift from two 1,000 point scorers

Published 6:16 am Monday, February 15, 2010

LEROY — Ask LeRoy/Ostrander forward Kaylee Bunne how she dramatically improved her offensive game, and she’s not sure.

Neither is her coach.

But what is sure is that Bunne is finding her offensive rhythm much better in her senior year than she has before in her career. She’s leading the Cardinals in scoring with 17 points per game, and she has hit the 29-point mark twice this season.

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“I don’t really know (what’s changed),” said Bunne, a 5-foot, 8-inch forward who also averages 7.3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1.3 blocks. “I’m taking a few more shots, and I shot more in the offseason. We feed off each other and Rachel (Rosedahl) sets me up well.”

L/O head coach Aaron Hungerholt said he’s urged Bunne to attack more, and he thinks she may just be finding the ability she had all along.

“She’s just naturally gifted athletically, and I don’t know if she fully realized her potential until now,” he said. “She’s tough for post players to guard and if they put someone small on her, we can post her up too.”

Bunne recently joined Rosedahl, a 5-6 point guard, as the second L/O girls basketball player to score 1,000 points in a career since 1983, and the Cardinals (20-2 overall) are playing some solid basketball this season after going 13-13 which much of the same players last season.

“We’re finishing games this year, and we hadn’t been able to do that in the past,” said Rosedahl, who is averaging 12.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 4.7 steals while shooting 41 percent on three-pointers. “We’ve got a great team and everyone’s playing together. In the past that wasn’t always the case.”

Bunne said the Cardinals are imposing their will more often than not, and it has shown on the scoreboard as 18 of their wins are by 10 or more points.

“We’re taking control of the games,” Bunne said. “Last year we sat back and let teams that we should’ve beaten back into the game.”

Hungerholt said the presence of Bunne and Rosedahl, along with senior forward Mac Bunne, who is averaging 14.4 points per game, makes it easy for him to focus his team on defense — which is were it truly excels. The Cards have allowed more than 50 points just twice this season, in both of their losses.

“It’s a big lift for a team to have two girls who are proven scorers. Everybody else knows their roles, and they know those girls are going to get the points,” Hungerholt said. “We focus on defense, and on offense I just want them to be aggressive.”

This Friday, L/O will get a chance to avenge one of its losses when it plays host to Spring Grove (16-3 overall) at 7:30 p.m. The Lions beat the Cards 69-59 Jan. 22 in Spring Grove, and L/O had 20 turnovers while allowing 19 offensive rebounds in that contest.

“I think after that game we realized we can play with them,” Hungerholt said. “Friday’s game won’t really mean anything as far as seedings go, but it could be a confidence builder if we see them a third time in the playoffs.”

Bunne and Rosedahl like their chances in the rematch.

“I’m looking forward to playing again, and I think we can beat them,” Bunne said.

However their season ends, it’ll be the last run for the trio of Kaylee Bunne, Mac Bunne, and Rosedahl, who’ve all played basketball together since eighth grade. They were part of the Cards team that advanced to the subsection finals two years ago, and they’re hoping to get that far again.

“This is kind of our last chance to make a run, and we’re hoping to do that,” Rosedahl said.