Published On: Wed, Mar 9th, 2011

Wynot girls crowned D2 State champs

LINCOLN — When you are in the hunt for a girls basketball state championship you had better have a bench.
The grueling three-game schedule in a three-day time frame can wear down a team.
The Wynot Lady Blue Devils didn’t need to worry, though. They have a bench.

Coach Steve Wieseler has routinely rotated 11 players into his games to keep his players fresh and out of foul trouble. That is exactly what he did this year in the state tournament.
Wynot’s end-to-end defensive pressure wore down Hays Springs and several scoring bursts put the Lady Hawks away 45-33 in Saturday’s state title game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The result makes Wynot the Class D-2 state champions for 2011. It’s the second time the Lady Devils have worn the crown in the past six years.
Wynot got balanced scoring in this one in a big way.
Maggie Schulte led the way with 10 points followed by Erica Burbach with a pair of key three pointers on her way to eight points. Bailey Kuchta finished with seven points and Ashley Heine, Haley Gowery and Kattie Savoy all contribute five points to the win.
The Lady Hawks got a game-high 14 points from Kelsey Kudrna and nine points from Ashton Hughes.
Balance for the Blue Devils was in evidence right from the start of the game as Wynot got four points each from Maggie Schulte, Shelby Wieseler and Bailey Kuchta and a three-pointer from Haley Gowery to take an early 17-7 first-quarter lead.
Kelsey Kudrna connected for six points for the Lady Hawks to rally her team in the second quarter. Wynot fought off the comeback attempt with a long bomb from Erica Burbach from the left corner and four more points by Maggie Schulte to maintain their margin 27-16 at the half.
The Lady Hawks packed into a tight zone defense in the third quarter. Wynot opened up from long range with three pointers  from Ashley Heine, Kattie Savoy and a second bomb from Erica Burbach to maintain the 38-25 lead going into the final period.
Hays Springs got four points each from Ashton Hughes and Kelsey Kudrna to open the final quarter, but Wynot got a fieldgoal from Kattie Savoy and hit 5-6 free throws to earn the gold medals with the 45-33 win.
Wynot        17    10    11    7— 45
Hay Springs        7    9    9    8— 33

Wynot    Hays Springs
FG    22-60    13-36
3PT    5-13        0-4
FT    6-8        7-15
REB    33        22
TO    21        23

Wynot- Maggie Schulte, 10; Erica Burbach, 8, Bailey Kuchta, 7; Haley Gowery, 5; Ashley Heine, 5; Kattie Savoy, 5; Shelby Wieseler, 4. Hays Springs- Kelsey Kudrna, 14; Ashton Hughes, 9; Breanne Cope, 3; Aria Hughes, 3; Stephanie Tlustos, 2.

Wynot – Maggie Schulte, 10; Bailey Kuchta, 6; Kelsey Kudrna, 5.