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Ethan girls control Monarchs at Hanson Classic

It started with offense and ended with defense. The Ethan girls basketball team cruised to a 49-28 win over Warner during the nightcap of the Hanson Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace. No. 1 Ethan controlled the pace from the opening tip agai...

Ethan's Jessica Bartscher, right, drives to the basket against Warner's Sydney Leidholt on Saturday during the Hanson Classic at the Corn Palace. (Ryan Deal / Republic)
Ethan's Jessica Bartscher, right, drives to the basket against Warner's Sydney Leidholt on Saturday during the Hanson Classic at the Corn Palace. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

It started with offense and ended with defense.

The Ethan girls basketball team cruised to a 49-28 win over Warner during the nightcap of the Hanson Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

No. 1 Ethan controlled the pace from the opening tip against the No. 2 Monarchs and remained undefeated on the season. The Rustlers (8-0) used a strong offensive first quarter to set the tone and their defense took over from there.

“We need to do two things to stay in a big game like this and one is play really good defense and number two is to take care of the basketball,” Ethan coach Tom Young said. “As long as we can do that, we can be in the game.”

Mission accomplished on Saturday night. Ethan committed just eight turnovers, while its patented suffocating brand of defense limited Warner (7-2) all night long. The Monarchs managed to hit just 7 of 31 from the field.

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Warner all-stater Laurie Rogers was held to eight points on 1 for 4 shooting from the field.

“We just obviously had to take away Rogers,” Ethan senior Karly Gustafson said. “That was key and then just key on their other shooters that they had and just really make sure we limit their looks.”

While Rogers was frustrated all night, Gustafson shined on the other end. The all-stater finished with a game-high 28 points and collected nine rebounds. She went 9 for 20 from the field and hit four 3-pointers.

“This may have been her best career game just because of her aggressiveness,” Young said. “She wanted to take the ball to the basket and that made it easy for her.”

The Rustlers jumped ahead 22-13 after the first quarter and then they really cranked up the defense. The Monarchs scored just one point in the second, six in the third and eight in the fourth quarter.

“Give their defense credit,” Warner coach Stewart Bohle said. “They took away Laurie Rogers and we shoot 22 percent from the floor and you are not going to win.”

There was a fun moment near the end of the game. Ethan’s Carly Van Roekel, who has down syndrome, entered the game in the waning moments and hit a layup near the end of the game.

“It was really special,” Young said. “It was special for the girls. She’s just a special part of our team.”

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Ethan hosts Menno on Tuesday. Warner plays Florence-Henry on Monday in Florence.

 

Ethan 49, Warner 28

Warner: Laura Ochsner 1-7 0-0 3, Sydney Leidholt 2-3 1-2 5, Keeley Fischbach 2-6 0-0 5, Ashley Fischbach 1-8 4-4 7, Laurie Rogers 1-4 6-8 8. Totals 7-31 11-14 28.

Ethan: Jessica Bartscher 2-6 0-0 5, Maddie Miiller 1-6 0-0 2, Mollie Miiller 0-1 0-0 0, Karly Gustafson 9-20 6-8 28, Cameryn Logan 2-4 0-0 5, Adaya Plastow 1-4 0-0 3, Callie Hohn 2-3 0-0 4, Carly Van Roekel 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 18-47 6-8 49.

W 13 14 20 28

E 22 27 38 49

3-point field goals: W 3-16 (Ochsner 1-6, K. Fischbach 1-4, A. Fischbach 1-5); E 7-22 (Bartscher 1-4, Gustafson 4-10, Logan 1-2, Plastow 1-1). Rebounds: W 20 (A. Fischbach 6); E 36 (Gustafson 9). Assists: W 4 (Leidholt 3); E 8 (Ma. Miiller 4). Steals: W 2 (Leidholt 1, K. Fischbach 1); E 7 (Mo. Miiller 2, Gustafson 2). Blocked shots: W 1 (Leidholt 1); E 0. Turnovers: W 8; E 8. Total fouls: W 10; E 14.

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