Lady Vikings earn third-place honors at Creighton Tourney

CREIGHTON —The Wausa Lady Vikings ended the Creighton Holiday Tourney with the thirdplace trophy in hand.

The Lady Vikes started the tourney off against Boyd County, falling 49-30 to the 6-3 Lady Spartans.

In the third-place game, the local girls squared off against Bloomfield, earning a 56-30 decision.

Boyd County jumped on the Lady Vikes early, racing out to a 15-7 firstquarter advantage. Wausa recovered in the second frame to outscore the Spartans 15-10, but still trailed 25-22 headed into the locker room for the break. Boyd County came out of the locker room with a resurged defense, holding the Purple and Gold to just three third-quarter points and five in the final frame.

Esther Nelson led the local squad in scoring and on the boards, hitting for eight points and pulling down eight rebounds. Morgan Kleinschmit led the defense with four steals.

Boyd County was led by

Heather Atkinson, who dropped in 20 points for the Spartans.

Wausa 7 15 3 5 — 30 Boyd County 15 10 15 9 — 49

Wausa Boyd County FG 8-31 8-20 3PT 1-7 9-26 FT 11-24 6-13 REB 24 36

SCORING Wausa - Esther Nelson, 8; Morgan Kleinschmit, 6; Emily Woockman, 5; Alexa Cunningham, 4; Clara Schindler, 4; Anika Alonzo, 2; Abrielle Nelson, 1.

REBOUNDS Wausa - Esther Nelson, 8; Anika Alonzo, 3; Abby Kaiser, 2; Morgan Kleinschmit, 2; Abrielle Nelson, 2; Emily Woockman, 2; Clara Schindler, 2; Alexa Cunningham, 1; Blair Wakeley, 1.

The Wausa girls got out front early and stayed there in their tourney finale against Bloomfield.

Wausa earned a 13-8 first-quarter advantage then extended their lead to 30-20 at the halftime break.

The Lady Vikes showed off their defensive skills in the second half, holding the Queen Bees to just 10 points over the final 16 minutes.

Clara Schindler led all scorers in the contest pumping in a seasonhigh 21 points.

Morgan Kleinschmit helped pace the Lady Vikes, turning in an impressive double-double on the night. She had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the contest.

Leah Bloomquist also turned in a great effort, dishing out a team-high eight assists in the contest.

As a team, Wausa connected on 39 percent of its shots from long distance — 9-23. The Lady Vikes were a chilly 11-32 from the field, but fared better from the line, connecting on 7-14 charity shots.

Wausa 13 17 12 14— 56 Bloomfield 8 12 6 4 — 30

SCORING Wausa - Clara Schindler, 21; Morgan Kleinschmit, 12; Ashlynn Timmerman, 9; Esther Nelson, 4; Alexa Cunningham, 3; Darla Nelson, 2;Abrielle Nelson, 2; Emily Woockman, 2; Leah Bloomquist, 1.

REBOUNDS Wausa - Morgan Kleinschmit, 10; Esther Nelson, 7; Leah Bloomquist, 5; Ashlynn Timmerman, 3; Morgan Kleinschmit, 3; Blair Wakeley, 2; Emily Woockman, 2; Anika Alonzo, 1; Abrielle Nelson, 1.

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