Bartlesville High School Athletics


KWL Comeback Falls Short at State


HURON — Kimball/White Lake seemed to be battling the clock and Jones County on Friday afternoon. In a consolation semifinal game at the Class B girls basketball tournament, Kimball/White Lake cut a double-digit deficit to four points with 35 seconds left. The comeback surge fell just short as the WiLdKats fell 46-41 to Jones County. "We just dug ourselves a hole and didn't have enough time to dig ourselves out," said Kimball/ White Lake head coach Tracey Nielsen, whose team trailed by 17 midway through the third quarter. "The kids played hard. It just wasn't our day." Kimball/White Lake saw a scoring drought that lasted more than six minutes, spanning from the end of the first half through most of the third quarter. Jones County led 20-11 at the half. Kimball/White Lake shot 16 percent in the first half and went 3-of-18 from the floor. "There was a lot of miscommunication between teammates during that stretch. We didn't have a good offensive flow going on and had too many turnovers," Nielsen said. After a rough shooting performance in the first half, the WiLdKats shot 47 percent (9 of 19) in the second half. Senior Kelli Steffen led with 12 points and sophomores Brooklyn Donald and Nikki Reuland chipped in with 11 and six points, respectively. Sophomore guard Whitney Hinker, who ranks in the top-three scorers for K/WL, averaging just less than nine points per contest, scored all five of her points in the second half. She was tagged with three fouls in the first four minutes of the game and spent the rest of the half on the bench. Senior Paige Munsen joined Hinker with five points. Things didn't look much better for Kimball/White Lake coming out of the locker room for the second half, even though the WiLdKats' offense later found its fire. Every time Kimball/White Lake made a basket that seemingly shifted momentum its way, the Coyotes responded and snuck their way to a 17-point lead. Suddenly, though, with five minutes left to play, the WiLdKats began clawing back. Five minutes just wasn't enough time for the comeback to come full circle, though. "We fought back," Nielsen said. "We hustled and we knocked down some big-time shots, but like I said, we just ran out of time." The WiLdKats outrebounded the Coyotes 32-20, led by Munsen with 16 rebounds. K/WL committed 20 turnovers in the loss. The Coyotes were led by senior Madison Mathews with 16 points and six steals. Fellow senior Kalli Hespe added 11 points. As a team, Jones County shot 45 percent from the field and recorded 12 steals. The WiLdKats (15-10) look to rebound in the seventh-place game against McLaughlin at noon today, while Jones County (22-3) will play for fifth place against Viborg-Hurley at 1:45 p.m. JONES COUNTY 46, KIMBALL-WHITE LAKE 41 JONES COUNTY (22-3): Booth 0-0 0-2 0, Buxcel 4-7 1-2 9, Glaze 1-3 1-2 3, Hespe 3-5 5-8 11, Boni 1-3 3-6 5, Mathews 4-12 5-8 16, Drayer 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 14-31 15-28 46. KIMBALL-WHITE LAKE (15-7): Reuland 3-5 0-2 6, Natvig 1-5 0-0 2, Munsen 1-6 3-4 5, Hinker 1-4 2-2 5, Steffen 4-13 3-7 12, Donald 2-4 7-8 11. Totals: 12-37 15-23 41. JC 9 20 39 46 KWL 7 11 25 41 3-pointers: JC 3 (Mathews 3), KWL 2 (Hinker 1, Steffen 1). Rebounds: JC 21 (Boni 7), KWL 32 (Munsen 16). Assists: JC 6 (Booth 2, Hespe 2), KWL 6 (Reuland 2, Steffen 2). Total fouls: JC 17, KWL 20. Fouled out: Glazem Steffen