BUNCETON — Two former conference rivals met for the first time in non-conference play as the Otterville Lady Eagles beat Bunceton on Thursday 53-28. The Lady Eagles made it two wins in a row over Bunceton after they snapped their losing streak to the Lady Dragons with a win in the closing seconds in the final game of the regular season last year.
Though Otterville is now in the Kaysinger Conference, Dalanney Stone does not feel the rivalry has diminished.
“They’re still our enemy but I bet we’ll find another one this year since they’re harder competition (in the Kaysinger),” she said.
Stone scored 15 points in the first quarter, finishing with 18, as the Lady Eagles jumped out to an 18-0 lead after one. As the Lady Eagles raced to a 17-0 lead, Stone had 15 points and assisted Hannah Benny for the other two.
“I think we came out and played pretty hard,” said Lady Eagles coach Scott Gemes. “We got a couple breaks, a couple loose balls we got, made a couple early baskets, got a lead and took it from there.”
Otterville’s relentless press in the first caused 14 Bunceton turnovers in the quarter, including 11 in Bunceton’s first 12 possessions of the game. In one stretch, Stone picked up steals on back-to-back possessions, both leading to layups.
“I was just trying to get my team motivated and keep their heads up so we could score and get our first win,” Stone said.
Otterville scored the first 23 points of the game before Lauren Wieland ended the run with a 3-pointer.
In the second quarter, Otterville turned to Kelsey Lynn who scored on a jumper and a basket in the paint on back-to-back possessions. She finished the game with 12 points.
“She had a nice game off the bench for sure, gave us a nice lift,” Gemes said.
Abby Nichols added eight points for Otterville.
Taylor Burnett had 13 points for the Lady Dragons, nine of them in the fourth quarter.
Otterville (1-4) will face St. Elizabeth in the W-K Shootout on Dec. 28.
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