Bose scores 16 to lead MCC past ML/B-O, 80-32
SLAYTON -- The last time Murray County Central and Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin girls' basketball teams faced each other, MCC's Emily Bose scored 31 points in a Rebel victory.
Entering Monday night's game, ML/B-O head coach Larry Hempeck was determined not to let Bose beat the Wolverines again.
However, it wasn't Bose who hurt the Wolverines, but rather the 31-0 run at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half that propelled MCC to an 80-32 victory in a Red Rock Conference girls' basketball contest.
"Emily Bose is a nice ball player, and it's hard to hold her down," Hempeck said. "We did better on her, but they have too many weapons and were too balanced in scoring."
Bose did lead all scorers with 16 points, but also had seven rebounds and seven blocks.
However, Kasey Schreiber (13 points), Kate Robinson (15 points), Abby Van Meveren (12 points) and Alyssa Schmidt (11 points) all had double figures for MCC (10-5, 13-9).
"We played really well," MCC head coach Tom Pryor said. "We opened it up from the outside, and the kids shot better. It was a great team effort; they passed the ball around really well."
After Schreiber started the scoring with a trey, ML/B-O's Megan Svalland (six points) connected on a shot to pull the Wolverines (1-14, 2-20) within a point.
A pair of free throws from Tasha Sipaseut (seven points) tied the game at 4-all, but Bose answered with a shot to break the tie.
It was from then on that Robinson made her move. The junior forward scored eight consecutive points for the Rebels, but with a shot from Kelly Hempeck (six points) and Sipaseut, ML/B-O trailed by just two, 12-10.
MCC then went on an 8-0 run behind a shot from Bose and a jumper from Colleen Everson to take a 20-10 lead.
"Early in the game, I thought we did all right," Larry Hempeck said. "But then it seemed like when they made their first run, we just didn't respond, and it set us back. They put a little pressure on our ball handlers, and we started reeling back. We just never recovered."
Another shot from Bose and a basket from Schmidt pushed the Rebel lead to 14 points, but a trey from Sipaseut cut the deficit to just 11 points late in the first half.
However, a shot from Bose, a trey from Robinson and a pair of baskets from Schreiber started a 17-0 MCC run to end the first half with a 43-15 Rebel lead.
"They put a little pressure on our ball handling, and pretty soon we were dribbling with our heads down," Larry Hempeck said. "It's really a confidence thing. When you get that momentum going your way, it seems like it mounts and mounts, and when it's the other way, it's just as bad."
Bose started the second-half scoring for the Rebels with a basket, and Robinson followed, as MCC started the second half on a 14-0 run -- and a 31-0 run overall -- to give the Rebels a 57-15 lead.
"The kids played really well defensively," Pryor said. "The kids were shooting well tonight, and we had high percentage. When you play good defense, you're going to score some points."
The Wolverines finally got on the board five minutes into the second half on a free throw from Brittany Wenner and a shot from Hannah Hildebrandt.
A trey from Courtney Anderson got ML/B-O on the board again midway through the second half, but the Rebels were too much in an 80- 32 victory.
While ML/B-O made just six field goals on the night, the Wolverines were accurate from the line, making 11-of-14 foul shots.
MCC will play host again tonight when Pipestone Area visits Slayton to tangle with the Rebels in a non-conference game, while ML/B-O will once again be on the road when it travels to Truman tonight.
ML/B-O 15 17 -- 32
MCC 43 37 -- 80
ML/B-O (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Me. Svalland 0-2-2-6, Sipaseut 1-1-2-7, Hempeck 0-2-2-6, Wenner 0-0-3-3, Hildebrandt 1-1-0-5, Anderson 1-0-0-3, Ma. Svalland 0-0-2-2. Totals 3-6-11-32.
MCC (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Schreiber 1-5-0-13, M. Robinson 0-0-1-1, Bose 0-8-0-16, K. Robinson 0-6-3-15, Van Meveren 0-4-4-12, Everson 1-1-0-5, Schmidt 2-2-1-11, Nepp 0-3-1-7. Totals 4-29-10-80.