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IHS girls have a winning week


February 12, 2020

Katie Bierman (30) had 17 points against Leola/Frederick in the Tiger Den last week.

Ipswich snared a pair of girls' high-school basketball wins last week. One was a 61-22 league win at home vs. Leola/Frederick on Tuesday, Feb. 4, followed by a much closer 48-43 non-league win over Miller on Friday in Miller.

The latter verdict only produced three Ipswich scorers, but when you are led by 35 points from Halle Heinz that could be enough against a lot of opponents on a given night (including Miller). Heinz included six treys. But further IHS scoring tapered off to eight points from Chesney Olivier and five points from Katie Bierman.

The hosts countered with a 13-point scoring evening from Abby Ketttelhut and VonnaGail Schlechter was next with 12 counters. They received further scoring from three other players.

Ipswich's largest lead in the game was by six points, 25-19, at intermission and Miller then led by eight points at one juncture of the third quarter on the way to a 16-9 scoring edge in that stanza. Miller had opened up an early 15-13 first-quarter lead, but Ipswich responded with its own 12-4 second-quarter scoring edge. (The score was tied five times in the game and the lead changed hands a total of nine times.)

Ipswich shot 16-38 from the floor, including its six treys and added a warm 10-11 free throw evening. The hosts countered with a 15-48 shooting evening that featured nine treys and were 4-11 in free throw attempts.

Ipswich came away with a 32-27 rebounding deficit, but was led by Chesney Olivier with six retrieves. The Tiger girls sustained 12 turnovers; Miller, 15 and 10 of those were from Tiger steals, paced by Heinz with four.

In the earlier win last week, Ipswich fueled its lop-sided win over the Titans with a 20-4 first-quarter scoring advantage and the rest was history. (They led 39-15 at intermission and 54-17 with a quarter to play.)

In this one, the Tigers had utilized a more balance scoring attack, led by Heinz with 21 points. She featured two treys. Next in the scoring column for Ipswich was Katie Bierman with 17 points, followed by Bailey Pitz with eight points that included a pair of treys.

Hailey Bierman chipped in with five points, that included a trey and Chesney Olivier was next with four points. Ashton Logan scored her three points with an accurate three-ball and Halie Feldman added a basket followed by Lindsey Grabowska with a free throw.

Leola/Frederick obtained eight different scorers led by Avery Wolff with five points.

Ipswich shot 24-54 from the floor including those six treys and was 7-15 in free throw tries. Leola/Frederick included a pair of treys among its nine baskets and finished 2-4 at the line.

Ipswich was out-rebounded 35-23, but got four rebounds from Heinz. Ipswich had just nine turnovers; L/F, 24.

Ipswich was scheduled to host Aberdeen Christian's girls on February 11 and will join the Tiger boys to host non-league foe Sully Buttes on Friday, Feb. 14 in the Tiger Den. Then on Saturday, February 15 will be the Warner Classic for the IHS girls vs Wolsey-Wessington at 12:30 p.m., followed by a girls' trip to Highmore to face Highmore-Harrold on the 18th of this month.


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