MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley Storm couldn’t overcome a shaky first quarter as they fell to the Newman Central Catholic Lady Comets 49-34 Monday night.
BV trailed by only two points with 4:15 left to play in the first quarter when Newman Catholic’s full court press started disrupting the Lady Storm offense.
Junior guard Sarah Trujillo scored on an easy fast break layup off of a BV turnover starting a 14-2 Lady Comet run over the next 5:21 lasting until the 6:54 mark of the second quarter.
“We had a lot of trouble handling the ball in the first quarter. We got the ball and wanted to get rid of it rather than take ownership, facing the basket and really seeing the whole floor,” Bureau Valley coach Tiffany Gonigam said. “I know we’ll get better with that, we’re a little bit young in some spots, and I know that we’ll improve. They came out with a lot of pressure and we need to learn to handle it a little better.”
BV would keep pace with the Lady Comets for the remainder of the first half as each team traded baskets as the Storm began handling the Newman Catholic pressure more efficiently.
Newman took a 32-18 lead into halftime.
Senior center Nicole Bornsheuer scored five straight BV points to open the second half as she took the ball hard to the basket drawing three shooting fouls and knocking down 5 of 6 free throw attempts
Bornsheuer’s play in the paint during the quarter wouldn’t be enough to stave off the pesky Comets as they took their biggest lead of the game during the contest going up 40-23 on an 8-3 run late in the third quarter.
“Nicole had a great game. She went down at the beginning of January with an ankle injury, and she has struggled to get back to full strength, and I don’t know what it was tonight but she was really prepared for the game, and she played like she had no stress and no pressure,” Gonigam said. “I’d say she’s probably feeling 100 percent after tonight. Without a doubt she came in and was a leader for us.”
Each team traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter as scoring was rounded out with 1:06 left to play on a free throw by BV junior guard Kelsey Kaiser as the Storm fell 49-34.
Bornsheuer had a game-high 15 points for the Storm followed by junior center Carlie Bickett and sophomore guard Darcy Kepner with six points each.
“I know without a doubt that the girls gave it the best effort that they could. Newman is a good team so you have to give them credit for that so at the end of it all when you look at the big picture I know the girls are working hard, and we just have to keep our heads up and keep going for,” Gonigam said.
• Notes: Bureau Valley will host rival Princeton Thursday night with each team participating in a memorial night for Cora Peters, the Bureau Valley student who lost her fight with cancer in January.
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