Lady Bears roll the Aces
January 23, 2013By Chris Malanga of Bryan High School
The Bryan Lady Bears romped over visiting Hicksville 79-45 on Tuesday night.
“Offensively, we did a lot of good things,” said Bryan assistant coach Doug Schimmoeller. “Defensively, we didn’t quite put the effort [in] that we really would have liked.”
Bryan, with a strong offensive performance, and stifling defense, ended the first quarter with a 25-12 lead.
Three Lady Bears scored in double figures: Hannah Schimmoeller led the team with 19 points, Brooke Vollmer scored 16 points off the bench, and MaKayla Dennis added 12 points, including two big three-point baskets.
“If you look at our team, when we have three people score in double figures, we are a lot more successful,” said Schimmoeller. “You look at Hicksville and they are more one-sided. They have a great player but she didn’t have a lot of help.”
Hicksville’s McKenzie Gonwick, scored a game-high 26 points. The 5-foot-10 senior added seven rebounds, and three blocked shots. Sophomore Rachel Schroeder added 11 points for the Aces, who had only five players score in the game.
“Gotta give credit to #12 [Gonwick]. [From] last year, she improved so much,” said Schimmoeller. “We knew that she was their best player and our game plan was to prevent her from driving.”
Bryan led 40-25 at the half, and 65-39 at the end of the third quarter. Hicksville shot 42% from the field, compared to 46% for the Bears, but the Aces 20 turnovers made it next to impossible to win the game. Bryan had just seven turnovers.
In addition to the three scorers in double figures, Rachel Fruth had nine points, Lydia Snavely scored seven, and Nicole Scantlen added six points for the Bears. Bryan had ten different players scoring, with six scoring at least six points.
Vollmer was named the GBSN/Bills’ Locker Room III Player of the Game.
“About five games ago, she [Vollmer] started coming on for us and scoring in double figures,” said Schimmoeller. “What she does so well is she’s quick from point A to point B. Being in the right spot at the the right time, that’s mostly hustle.”
The Bears won their third straight game and improve to 9-6 overall on the season. The Aces dropped to 1-15 on the loss.
Bryan plays at Delta on Thursday in an NWOAL matchup. The Bears are 2-3 in the league, while the Panthers are 3-2. Bryan then hosts Ottawa-Glandorf for a non-conference game on Saturday.