Lady Owls score pair of CPL wins


By Travis Mounts

Returning to Central Plains League games, the Garden Plain Owls girls basketball team picked up a pair of victories last week, including a 48-35 road win over an improved Chaparral Roadrunners team on Feb. 2.
A 7-point first quarter lead helped the Owls to a 23-14 advantage at halftime. Neither team shot particularly well, both coming in under 30 percent for the game. The Owls did have a strong rebounding advantage, 42-25, and the rest of stats were pretty even.
Garden Plain head coach Kody Kasselman said the rebounding edge was a big positive, given the Roadrunners’ height advantage with a pair of 6-foot-tall players who also did well at disrupting the Owls’ offense.
“We did things well down the stretch, and we played good defense,” he said.
Madysen Zoglman and Alli Puetz shouldered much of the offense, leading the game with 17 and 15 points, respectively. Christia Rose Gorges scored 9, matching the Roadrunners’ top two scorers.
The Chaparral win and a Friday win over Medicine Lodge improved the Owls’ record to 12-3. They entered this week three games ahead of West Elk (9-3), the next team in their substate.
Garden Plain played at Kingman earlier this week. On Friday, the Owls – ranked No. 4 in Class 2A – will have a rematch with the unbeaten Cheney Cardinals, still ranked No. 1 in 3A.
“Friday will be a big test to see our growth,” Kasselman said.
Next Tuesday, the Owls go on the road again to face Independent, another tough league opponent.

Garden Plain: Zoglman 17, A. Puetz 15, Gorges 9, Celia Puetz 3, Madelyn Rolfs 2, Brooke Hammond 2.

The Owls got off to a slow start on Friday at home against Medicine Lodge, but turned things around before the end of the first quarter against the one-win Indians. The end results was a 55-33 win.
Garden Plain held Medicine Lodge to just 6 points in each of the first two quarters, and turned a 12-6 first-quarter lead into a 25-12 advantage by halftime. The Owls shot 38 percent from the field, a big improvement from the game against Chaparral. The offense dumped in 22 points in the third quarter alone, going up 43-21. The entire Owls bench saw playing time in the fourth.
Head coach Kody Kasselman was not happy that the Indians had the edge on the boards, but the Owls did a lot of good things, and younger players were able to get decent playing time.
Madysen Zoglman had her second big scoring night of the week, getting a game-high 19 points.
Alli Puetz, Sydney Puetz and Madelyn Rolfs scored 8 each.

Garden Plain: Zoglman 19, A. Puetz 8, S. Puetz 8, Rolfs 8, C. Puetz 6, Hammond 4, Gorges 2.