Lady Wildcats 3-peat champions at MAC Tournament
     2012-02-07      By Brian Hale    brianhale@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Brian Hale
The Lady Wildcats are MAC Champions for the third year in a row. The 2012 team are from the left; Head Coach Brittany Cooper, Christina Grubbs, Sarrah Meyer, Rebecca Brenner, Haleigh White, Kodee Muhr, Dalle Rutledge, Peppiina Raisanen, Asst. Coach Jessica Harvie. Front row; Ashlynne Hanan, Jessica Bruce, Brooke Wyatt, Lindsey Soule, Amanda Harrison.
 
SIDNEY — The Banner County Lady Wildcat girls basketball team won their third straight MAC Title by defeating Potter-Dix Saturday night in Sidney by the score of 53-38. Jessica Bruce and Lindsey Soule combined for 40 points with Bruce leading all scorers with 23.
The Lady Wildcats ran the ball well all night, getting several fast break layups and they seemed in control of the game from the outset. There were times however when the game felt closer than the final score indicated.
When asked what stood out in the win, Banner County Coach Brittany Cooper said, “Composure. We kept our composure throughout and didn’t get rattled.” That composure was much needed as Potter-Dix battled hard all night to make a game of it.
Banner County jumped out to a 9-2 lead after running off seven straight points. They extended their lead to 15-6 before the Lady Coyotes hit a three to finish out the first quarter, 15-9.
Our score was stuck at 18-9 for more than half of the second quarter as both teams stuggled to find the basket. A couple of buckets and a free throw later and the score ended up at halftime with the Lady Wildcats leading 23-12.
After being down by 17 with 4:20 left to go in the third, the Lady Coyotes fought hard to get the deficit back down to 10 by going on a 10-3 run to end the quarter. The score after three, 36-26 advantage Banner County.
The Lady Wildcats then went on a run of their own, scoring 17 in the final stanza to finish off the Lady Coyotes, 53-38 to win their third MAC Title in a row.
Next up for the Wildcats is a rematch with Potter-Dix at home on Friday where both the girls and boys will be in action.

Potter-Dix 9 3 14 12 - 38
Banner County 15 8 13 17 - 53

Banner County; Jessica Bruce 23, Lindsey Soule 17, Brooke Wyatt 5, Kodee Muhr 4, Peppiina Raisanen 3, Amanda Harrison 1.
Potter-Dix; Conner Wolff 10, Kaidee Livingstone 6, Amanda Mass 6, Taylor Juelfs 5, Lindsay Harms 4, Tiffany LeBeau 4, Taylor Holz 3.
Oltmann’s Warriors Cruise to MAC Title
The Leyton Warrior boys basketball team upended the Potter-Dix Coyotes in the 2012 Minutemen Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, 52-29 Saturday night at the Sidney Middle School.
Leyton used disciplined shooting and tough defense to capture the MAC Title for 2012 behind three 3-pointers from senior co-captain Sam Schumacher who led all scorers with 17 on the night. Dylan Brenner and Brennan Cruise added ten each and co-captain Garret Westman pitched in nine more. Potter-Dix was led by Bryant Knigge’s 11 and eight points from Ty Ottoson.
Coach Gary Oltmann summarized the game by saying, “It was our defense and they couldn’t shoot the ball. It’s that simple.”

Potter-Dix 3 4 10 12 - 29
Leyton 15 5 17 15 - 52

Potter-Dix; Brady Knigge 6, Bryant Knigge 11, D. Brown 2, L. Johnson 2, Ty Ottoson 8.
Leyton; Alex Frerichs 3, Sam Schumacher 17, Dylan Brenner 10, Brennan Cruise 10, Garret Westman 9, James Rushman 1, David Blanke 2.

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