Rebels hold off Viking girls

Published 12:27 am Saturday, December 3, 2011

Southland's Jana Schammel puts a shot up in the lane during the first half against Hayfield Friday night. - Eric Johnson/

ADAMS — The Rebels girls basketball team faced its first test of the season and they passed in flying colors as they beat Hayfield 63-59 Friday night.

The game was tied at 42 after Hayfield’s Dani Wagner drove for a score with 7:42 left, but Southland (2-0 overall) countered when Haley Kirkpatrick scored on a breakaway lay-up and Jana Schammel hit a pair of deep threes from the wing to make it 50-42 with 6:32 left in the game.

Hayfield's Alyssa Selk dribbles the ball out front during the second half against Southland, in Adams Friday night. - Eric Johnson/

Hayfield never attempted a game-tying shot the rest of the way.

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“I started off struggling with my shot a lot, but this game gave me confidence,” said Schammel, a junior guard who poured in 18 points, while tallying five rebounds, two assists and two steals. “One of our main goals was for us to beat Hayfield. We haven’t beaten them in a long time, so we’re happy.”

After Southland jumped out to a 6-1 lead to open the game, the Vikings (0-2 overall) dominated for a stretch as Alyssa Selk hit two threes during a 13-1 run that put Hayfield up 17-7 with 7:50 left to go in the first half.

“They came out and got after us to start with,” Southland head coach Bob Sheehan said. “We were kind of panicking with the basketball and getting rid of it too quick. Once we settled down and got in our rhythm, we played more relaxed.”

The Vikings didn’t hit another field goal in the first half as the Rebels countered with a 13-0 run that was highlighted by back-to-back threes by Schammel and Hilary Bottema that put Southland up 22-21 with 1:24 left in the half. Southland held a 28-21 lead at the break after Schammel scored on a put-back off a missed free throw as time expired.

Southland's Haley Kirkpatrick loses the ball against the defense of Hayfield's Abigail Pollock and Abby Blanchard (24) during the first half Friday night in Adams. - Eric Johnson/

“We got more aggressive, Schammel said of her team’s first half rally. “We started moving faster and moving the ball more. We like to push the ball up.”

Hayfield struggled with turnovers for the second game in a row.

Hayfield freshman guard Johanna Bungum finished with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals and sophomore guard Jessie Foster had eight points and five rebounds, but Southland’s pressure gave them trouble as it forced 22 turnovers.

“We don’t know when to attack and when to pull up. We’re forcing shots and we’re getting some pretty bad looks,” Hayfield head coach Fred Kindschy said. “The backcourt needs to grow up in a hurry. But Southland is a very good team. They’re athletic and they’re loaded with good shooters. I’ve got to give them their props, they definitely beat us tonight.”

The Rebels got a lift from their bench, which scored 18 points on the night. Megan Mullenbach scored seven points and Elizabeth May scored all six of her points late in the game.

“The bench is going to be a great thing for us the whole year,” Sheehan said. “We’ve got 10 or 11 girls that can play and we’re going to use them all. I think Hayfield got tired in the first half and that’s when we made our run.”

Lindsey Bottema had four assists for Southland.

Hayfield 21 38 — 59

Southland 28 35 — 64

Southland scoring: Jana Schammel, 18; Kelli Smith, 11; Madi Schmitz, 8; Megan Mullenbach, 7; Elizabeth May, 6; Haley Kirkpatrick, 5; Hilary Bottema, 3; free throws: 44 percent (16-for-36); rebounds: 36 (Schammel, 5; Schmitz, 5); turnovers: 16

Hayfield scoring: Johanna Bungum, 16; Alyssa Selk, 12; Abby Pollock, 11; Jessie Foster, 8; Dani Wagner, 4; Abby Blanchard, 3; Rachel Czaplewski, 3; Meg Tapp, 2; free throws: 50 percent (9-for-18); rebounds: 43 (Wagner, 9); turnovers: 22