Third quarter push leads Lady Panthers past MMCRU

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Above, MMCRU’s Taylor Harpenau steps back for a 3-point shot against Kingsley-Pierson. Harpenau led the Royals with 15 points.
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil)

KINGSLEY — The Class 1A No. 13 ranked Kingsley-Pierson girls basketball team used a strong start to the second half to pull away for what ended as a 71-60 victory for the team against MMCRU in non-conference action on Thursday, January 17.

“Offensively, we were just kind of going through the motions that whole first half. Luckily our shots were on fire, and MMCRU was on fire too that first half,” K-P Head Coach Nicole Goodwin said. “It was mainly that second half that we tried to key in on. We changed some things up defensively, played some girls a little differently and then just tried to execute a little bit better. Set a few more screens. They play a very tough man.”

The Panthers took a one-point lead into the locker room but went on a 12-2 run in the first four minutes of the third quarter to pull away for the win. The third quarter saw the Panthers connect on four of their nine 3-pointers in the game with Delaney Iseminger, Madison Goodwin, Jayde Barto and McKenzie Goodwin all doing so in the frame.

Shots from beyond the arc were falling for both sides in the first quarter as the offenses put up a combined 45 points in the opening eight minutes as MMCRU led 23-22.

Madison Treinen knocked down three triples in the first quarter as part of her 11 points in the game. Treinen and Jaylen Bork hit back-to-back treys to turn a one-point deficit out of a mid-quarter timeout into a lead for the Royals. McKenzie Goodwin answered with one on the other hoop before Treinen knocked down her third of the contest.

The Royals added just one 3-pointer in the second half. After the perimeter shots stopped falling later in the game, Letsche said the team had to adjust.

“We have to adjust and attack the rim and we started to and were starting to get more fouls here and there, but ultimately you’ve got to adjust to the game, adjust to your own shots,” Letsche said. “You’ve got to attack the rim. That doesn’t just mean force it to Ellie, it means go to the rim, find a way in and then kick it out for a wide-open three.”

Ellie Hilbrands finished with 13 points for the team in a balanced set of halves which saw her score six by halftime.

Iseminger and Madison Goodwin hit back-to-back threes in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to give K-P some extra cushion. The pair led the team in scoring with Iseminger dropping in 19 points to finish a point behind Goodwin who had four treys on the night and added six shots at the free-throw line.

The Royals made one final push as they cut down from a 16 point deficit to an eight point margin with just under a minute to go as Taylor Harpenau got a steal and layup during the run which was part of her team-best 15 points.

“I’m proud of my girls, they fought and they never stopped and never quit,” Letsche said. “That’s what we’ve taught them to do. Our defense, there’s a lot of things that we can fix. Offensively, same thing, but I think we did a lot of good things out there.”

The Panthers had pulled back on offense late in the game, forcing fouls in open court rather than trying to run an offense towards the basket.

“We don’t like to have a lot of patience on offense,” Goodwin said. “We like to run and gun, but knowing what we needed to do to win, I was very proud of my team that they stepped up and did exactly what I needed them to do.”

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Royals as they have had three sets of three consecutive wins this season, but have found the fourth win in a row to be elusive. The Royals dropped to 11-4 after the game.

Kingsley-Pierson rattled off their 10th consecutive victory as they improved to 14-1 at the end of the night.

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K-P: (Individual) Points- Ma. Goodwin 20, Iseminger 19, Barto 12, Mc. Goodwin 11, Bailey 6, Bohle 2, Dunne 1; Rebounds- Barto 7, Mc. Goodwin 6, Bohle 5, Iseminger 5; Assists- Ma. Goodwin 3, Mc. Goodwin 3, Bailey 2; Steals- Barto 4, Bailey 4; Blocks- Mc. Goodwin 2, Barto 1; (Team) FG 22-47, 3ptFG 9-22, FT 18-28, OFF-DEF REB 8-24—32, AST 12, STL 13, BLK 3.

MMCRU: (Individual) Points- Harpenau 15, Hilbrands 13, Treinen 11, Dreckman 9, Bork 8, Olson 2, Holmes 2; Rebounds- Treinen 4, Olson 4, Harpenau 4; Assists- Harpenau 4, Olson 3; Steals- Harpenau 2; Blocks- Olson, Hilbrands; (Team) FG 24-55, 3ptFG 5-19, FT 7-13, OFF-DEF REB 4-16--20, AST 10, STL 5, BLK 2.