The Kingsley-Pierson girls celebrated their fourth win of the season Friday night, knocking off Galva-Holstein 55-48.
With the win, the Lady Panthers improve to 4-8 on the season with a 4-3 Maple Valley Conference record while the Pirates fall to 5-6 and 2-5 in the MVC.
K-P started the night with some early travels and, according to Coach Nicole Goodwin, "some bad choices in passes."
But the girls battled through and started to take better care of the ball. "We started working our offense a little better," Goodwin said.
The Lady Panthers also battled some foul trouble early on. "Dani got into foul trouble early," Goodwin said. "We had a few others that had to play a little cautiously until the second quarter. But everyone contributed; [they] came off the bench and played a good game."
Overall, Goodwin says the girls played a good game. "We went hard, played all four quarters. It was the first complete game we've had all year."
Junior Briana Schaeuble paved the way for the K-P victory, earning a double-double for her 25 points and 18 rebounds. She also dished out four assists and blocked seven shots.
"Briana came in and played a great game," Goodwin said. "She played aggressive, splitting her rebounds on offense and defense--she's very even that way."
Fellow junior Kelsey Krieg netted 11 points while adding five steals, four rebounds and four assists. Senior Dani Bottorff pulled down four rebounds and grabbed two steals while junior Amanda Dirksen had two steals and one blocked shot.
As a team, the Lady Panthers sunk 18-of-53 shots from the field.
Goodwin was impressed with her team's defense as well. The Pirates' leading scorer, Lindsey Joslin, netted only 13 points, which Goodwin noted was well-below her average. "We did a good job keeping their leading scorer down." Brandi Wagoner netted 10 points for G-H.
K-P committed 23 turnovers on the night, which Goodwin says is "better than we've had the last few nights."
"Overall, it was a team effort," Goodwin said. "I'm proud of the girls for playing hard [and] putting four quarters together.
"They were exhausted, but that's what its supposed to be like. They can feel good about what they've done."
Next week, the Lady Panthers play three on the road, starting with a pair of conference games at Whiting on Tuesday and at Lawton-Bronson on Friday. Saturday night they take on Spalding Catholic in Granville in a non-conference match-up.