Bears surprise Pirates in West Sub-Section 5A tilt
Ashton Kapphahn pumped in 29 points and Arei Stokes added 19 as seventh-seeded Bertha-Hewitt stunned the second-seeded Verndale 71-55 Feb. 28 in the first round of West Sub-Section 5A tournament play.
The Pirates defeated the Bears twice during the regular season and took a 29-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Bears dominated the second half, scoring 46-26. Kapphahn was 17 of 18 at the free-throw line.
“It seemed like she always had the ball at the end,” Verndale Head Coach Art Schluttner said.
The Bears converted on 21 of 40 field goal shots for a 53 percent shooting clip. They canned 26 of their 34 free-throw attempts for a 77 percent average.
“It was one of those games where from the get-go the breaks didn’t go our way,” Schluttner said.
The Bears held Verndale all-time scoring leader Teresa Moenkedick to nine points. Eighth-grader Shania Glenz led the Verndale attack with a season-high 22 tallies.
“She came out and hit her shots,” Schluttner said. “She’s got the skills and the drive to be a very special kid.”
Jordyn Glenz scored 11 points. The Pirates shot 39 percent from the field and made only one of their 13 3-point shots.
The quick exit from the playoffs left the Pirates with a 19-7 season log. The Pirates won the Park Region Conference title and claimed victories in 12 of their last 13 games of the season.
A. Stokes 19, A. Kapphahn 29, A. Liebersbach 2, H. Van Hale 9, F. Rickbeil 6, R. Stokes 6. Totals: 18/3 26-34 71
T. Moenkedick 9, J. Glenz 11, S. Moenkedick 3, E. Kern 7, C. Wright 3, S. Glenz 22. Totals: 22/1 8-14 59
Bertha-Hewitt 25 46 — 71
Verndale 29 26 — 55