Jensen, Hirschman reach scoring milestones, lead evaporates against Heelan
SIOUX CITY — Kingsley-Pierson’s Bri Jensen eclipsed 1,000 career points and Addison Hirschman put herself in a tie atop the school’s all-time scoring charts, but it wasn’t enough as a 20 point second half lead quickly evaporated at the CNOS Foundation Basketball Classic on Thursday afternoon as Bishop Heelan came from behind to win 67-63 over the Panthers.
“We got in foul trouble and we had to sit quite a few in the second quarter and then we had to sit again and that’s when they started chipping away a little bit,” Kingsley-Pierson Head Coach Nicole Goodwin said. “They got to the free-throw line a lot and we did not. They made us put the ball on the ground. I don’t like the girls to dribble a lot. I want them to pass the ball. When they pass the ball good things happen and when we start dribbling too much that’s exactly where we fell into their game plan.”
Jensen needed just three points entering the game to reach the 1,000 career point mark and easily breezed past it with a game-high 20 points. She hit an early free throw and followed up with a layup to reach the mark. Jensen scored 555 total points in her two years at Remsen-Union and currently has 462 points in her time as a Panther.
“Bri got her 1,000. I applaud Bri and the whole team,” Goodwin said. “They ran the floor well and found the open girl.”
It was a back and forth game that featured eight ties and 16 lead changes with most of those occurring in the first half. The Class 4A No. 15 Crusaders led 18-17 after a quarter, but a late run to close the half by the Class 1A No. 6 Panthers gave them a 37-29 lead entering the locker room at the Tyson Events Center. The run continued into the second half as K-P scored the first six points and went on a 14-2 run to pull ahead to their biggest lead of the game at 51-31.
“We did a great job of going out and switching our defense a little bit that second half and then the fourth quarter they wore on us and we had to pull out of man,” Goodwin said. “You’re going to have games where you don’t have a lot of fouls called, gonna have games where you’re going to get into foul trouble so then you have to step up and as a team you’ve got to pick each other up.”
From there the Panthers ran into a brick wall, unable to score for the final four minutes of the third quarter while the Crusaders closed the gap with a 14-0 run to pull to within two possessions at the end of the quarter.
Hirschman reached the top of the Kingsley-Pierson scoring list with 1,264 career points, but fouled out shortly thereafter with 5:15 remaining in the game. She finished with 13 points after a slow start which saw her miss a handful of close shots in the game’s opening minutes.
“I wanted to get it into her a bit more and she was playing on the outside and so we made that transition second half and got her the ball a little bit more and she crashed and dove down to the block a little bit more so we were able to get her,” Goodwin said. “She tied it (school record) with 13.”
One final surge from the Panthers looked like it might be enough to withstand the storm after Heelan took the lead early in the fourth. K-P got back out to a 61-54 advantage with just under three minutes remaining, but a 10-0 run over the next two minutes by the Crusaders put them back in front. Jayde Barto had an opportunity with an open look from the left corner with about 20 seconds remaining which would have tied the game, but the ball rolled off the rim. Barto did score 14 points for the Panthers.
K-P falls to 9-2 overall on the season with a seven game winning streak snapped. However, Coach Goodwin said this was a good game to help prepare her team for the end of the season.
“These kind of games are what you want,” Goodwin said. “Win or lose, it’s a four point game and taking it to the second half of the season, it’s still a great game. This is a good game for us, a great game for us to start the second half of the season and these kind of games are going to help us in the postseason.”
The Panthers hit the road to play MVAOCOU on Friday.
Kingsley-Pierson 17 20 14 12 63
Bishop Heelan 18 11 16 22 67
Kingsley-Pierson: (Individual) Points- Jensen 20, Barto 14, Hirschman 13, Goodwin 6, Harvey 4, Neumann 2, Wurth 2, Bailey 2; Rebounds- Goodwin 12, Harvey 5, Barto 5, Hirschman 4; Assists- Jensen 4, Harvey 3, Goodwin 2, Hirschman 2; Steals- Jensen 3, Harvey 2, Bailey 2; Blocks- Jensen, Bailey, Hirschman; (Team) FG 23-48, 3ptFG 3-7, FT 14-21, OFF-DEF REB 7-25/32, AST 11, STL 10, BLK 3;
Bishop Heelan: (Individual) Points- Katelyn Stanley 16, Ella Skinner 15, Kaitlyn Cooke 11, Amber Aesoph 6, Ashlyn Peck 6, Maycen Schueth 5, Elizabeth Cropley 3, Katelyn Lawler 2, Nicole Jacobson 2, Sydney Pratt 1; (Team) FG 23-59, 3ptFG 5-25, FT 16-24, OFF-DEF REB 10-17/27, AST 6, STL 12