Creston seventh-grade girls broke open a close game by outscoring Red Oak 27-13 in the second half in a 42-25 victory here Monday afternoon.
Red Oak took an early 4-0 lead and trailed only 15-12 at halftime as post player Kamryn Buntrock scored eight of her team’s 12 points. Buntrock was held to four points in the second half as Brielle Baker and Megan Haley combined for 21 second-half points. Baker shot 6-of-9 at the free throw line.
“We came out complacent like we just assumed it was going to be easy,” Creston coach Larry Peterson said. “After numerous passing mistakes and allowing their post players to drive to the basket anytime they wanted, we finally started playing with some intensity. We closed it strong with a 14-5 fourth quarter.”
Baker finished with 20 points and 14 steals for Creston (9-0). Haley had eight points and six rebounds. Taylor Buxton also had six rebounds with four points, and Kesia Stewart contributed a team-high five steals and two points.
Devon Buls had four points and four rebounds and Stewart tallied five points as Creston won the 15-minute B game, 15-9.
“This was a quality win for those girls, as Red Oak had some very good players from the first game in this game,” Peterson said.
Creston’s final home game is today against Atlantic before a Feb. 10 return trip to Red Oak to finish the season.
Creston A (42) — Brielle Baker 20, Megan Haley 8, Taylor Buxton 4, Grace Root 2, Kesia Stewart 2, Saige Rice 2, Breanna Ross 2. Rebounds — Haley 6, Buxton 6, Baker 5, Stewart 2. Steals — Baker 14, Stewart 5, Rice 3, Haley 3, Jesse Vicker 1, Buxton 1.
Red Oak A (25) — Kamryn Buntrock 12, Shawna Baldwin 8, Katelyn Carlson 4, Macy Baker 1.
Creston B (15) — Kesia Stewart 5, Devon Buls 4, Jesse Vicker 2, Saige Rice 2, Breanna Ross 2. Rebounds — Buls 4, Kaitlyn Osmun 2. Steals — Stewart 3, Ross 2, Vicker 2, Buls 2.
Red Oak B (9) — Trinity Peterson 7, Macy Walker 2.
Creston was only outscored 10-8 in the second half, but couldn’t overcome a slow start in losing to the Red Oak eighth-grade girls Monday, 25-13.
Chloe Hagle scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds for Creston (1-8). Breanna Wallace also had seven rebounds along with two steals and two points.
“The girls did a much better job running our offense and getting open looks at the basket,” Creston coach Sarah Stephens said. “The girls did a great job breaking the press. It was one of those nights where the shots wouldn’t fall for us.”
Creston rolled in the 15-minute B game, 18-0, led by four points each by Jordan Moreland, Kalan Bloodgood and Sara Williamson.
“The girls played a great game and did a good job taking the open looks at the basket,” Stephens said. “They really played as a team and communicated with each other on both offense and defense. Jordan really stepped up on defense and created a lot of fast break opportunities.”
Creston A (13) — Chloe Hagle 7, Taylor Fredrickson 2, Breanna Wallace 2, Kiersen Latham 2. Rebounds — Wallace 7, Hagle 7, Cayla Maitlen 4, Fredrickson 2, Latham 2. Steals — Wallace 2, Hagle 1. Assists — Maitlen 1.
Red Oak A (25).
Creston B (18) — Sara Williamson 4, Kalan Bloodgood 4, MyKenna Hribal 2, Victoria Borha 2, Audra Burton 2. Rebounds — Moreland 1, Hribal 1, Williamson 1, Latham 1. Steals — Moreland 3, Bloodgood 1. Assists — Latham 1, Williamson 1, Moreland 1.
Red Oak B (0).