Young Lady Tigers face Blue Devils, Wildcats in tourney

CROFTON — The Osmond Lady Tigers junior high girls’ basketball team participated in the St. Rose of Lima Junior High Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Crofton Elementary gym. The Lady Tigers played well throughout the day and are visibly improving.

Osmond vs. Wynot

They started the tournament against Wynot, which led to the highlight of the day: Jamie Gubbels scored her first two points of the season.

“Jamie did a great job coming into the game and making a basket,” Coach Scott Morrison said. “Our girls, Wynot’s girls and Wynot’s coach Steve Wieseler all deserve credit for making the situation possible.”

For the majority of the game, Wynot held control of the score, but the Tigers made it really interesting at times. After Wynot bolted out to a 10-0 lead, the Lady Tigers came back in dramatic fashion with a 7-0 run.

The Blue Devils outscored the Tigers 8-3 in the second quarter to take an 18-10 lead. However, it was the third quarter that made a big difference in the game. In the third, the Blue Devils outscored the Tigers 12-4.

Callie Hoffman scored four of her team-high eight points in the quarter. Hoffman had eight rebounds to go along with this.

The Lady Tigers had a great fourth quarter, holding the Blue Devils to just two points in the quarter. Meanwhile, the Tigers scored nine points, two of which were Gubbels’ points at the end of the game.

“I was really happy with our defensive performance, especially in the fourth quarter,” Morrison said. “It was one of our best so far this year.”

Julianna Kumm also had a great game; she scored two points and had eight rebounds. Belle Vinson continued her consistent play as she scored three points, secured six rebounds and added three assists.

Erin Wagner continues to improve. She scored four points and had six rebounds. Keli Aschoff and Sophie Gansebom each added two points. Anna Kahny had two rebounds and nice deflection on defense.

Tessa Gardner had three rebounds and an assist. Caydence Kreinert had a rebounds and a steal.

Keely Gubbels and Brianna Kumm each saw action at the end of the first and second quarters.

Osmond 7 3 4 9 = 23 Wynot 10 8 12 2 = 32

Osmond vs. Hartington-Newcastle

The Lady Tigers turned around to play Hartington-Newcastle in the third-fourth place game. The Tigers fell after a valiant effort, 27-15.

After competing very well with the Wildcats through three quarters of the game, the Wildcats went on a 12-2 run through the fourth quarter to seal victory.

The Lady Tigers held their first lead since the Wausa game at 6-5 after the first quarter. They were down just 11-9 at halftime, and they were down just 15-13 at the end of the third quarter.

“This was a much more competitive game than the last time we played this team,” Morrison said. “Our girls are getting better all the time!”

Belle Vinson and Callie Hoffman each scored four points. Vinson had 13 rebounds, while Hoffman added three rebounds and three steals.

Gansebom, Kahny and Wagner each added two points. Gansebom added four rebounds and an assist. Wagner had four rebounds, two deflections and an assist.

Gardner hit a free-throw while also securing two rebounds. Julianna Kumm had two rebounds, two assists and a deflection. Brianna Kumm played as a guard.

Keely Gubbels had a couple opportunities throughout the contest. Keli Aschoff had two defensive rebounds and a steal. Caydence Krienert had two steals.

Thanks to Coach Terry Viterna for dedicating his time to help the girls. We also appreciate his willingness to take stats.

Osmond 6 3 4 2 = 15 H-N 5 6 4 12= 27

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