FORT WAYNE – The Bishop Luers girls basketball team had to fight away the nerves that come with the season’s first game.
We came out a little nervous and had too many turnovers. But we calmed down by the second half – coach calmed us down – and we came out and executed pretty well, senior Erin Butler said after the Knights defeated the visiting Angola Hornets 65-40 Tuesday night.
No. 14 Angola took a 12-11 lead less than a minute into the second quarter, when sophomore Kaitlyn Brandt’s 3-point play was followed by senior Alexis Scott’s layup.
Knights coach Denny Rennier quickly called a timeout, which was followed by sophomore Shayla Sutorius’ first basket, and that set off a 22-11 run that put the No. 11 Knights in command by halftime.
I talked to them and said, Probably the biggest thing you can do, girls, is slow your heart rate down and take a deep breath and just slow it all down.’ But it is hard, Rennier said. We’ve got to make sure we’ve got the right rotation on defense because sometimes we were out of position. I wasn’t surprised (at the nervousness), but it wasn’t horrible and we got to work on it.
Back-to-back baskets by Luers senior Addie Reimbold made it 43-26 at 3:40 of the third quarter, and that was followed by a Butler 3-pointer that put the game out of reach.
I’ll do anything to help this team, Butler said of her three 3-pointers, which helped her to 11 points.
Sutorius led Luers with 13 points and sophomore Emma Wolfe had 12 points. Senior Allison Butler added 10 points. We’re pretty young, so we have a lot of sophomores stepping up big. And even the kids who were on JV (last season) are already helping, Erin Butler said.
Reimbold had 10 points for Luers, which was 14-12 last season and lost at semistate to Eastern (Greentown).
Our goal was to keep (Angola) to 40 points and we did that. And we wanted to score 60 or more, so we accomplished that. A lot of good things happened, Rennier said. We’re pretty deep and rotate them in and out to eight (players). And other girls play JV and come up and play the role very well. It’s a team effort and I’m proud of the girls. For the first game, they handled themselves pretty well.
Angola was paced by junior Claire Grubb’s 12 points, and senior Alexis Scott had 10 points. Sophomore Hannah Siders added six for the Hornets, who were 19-4 and lost in the second round of sectionals last year to Concordia.