Lady Owls go 2-1 in tournament play


By Travis Mounts

The Garden Plain Owls picked up two wins and suffered their first loss of the season in tournament play last week.
The Owls opened play with wins over Rose Hill and Hesston, but suffered a 45-35 loss in the final game on Friday again the Nickerson Panthers, the No. 3 team in Class 3A.
Garden Plain got off to a good start with a 9-4 lead after one quarter. The Panthers recovered from their slow start, however, and outscored the Owls 32-15 over the second and third quarters.
“I thought we played well defensively. They made the plays down the stretch,” said Garden Plain head coach Kody Kasselman.
Nickerson capitalized on second-chance opportunities, as 6-2 post player Ava Jones – a Division I prospect – created match-up challenges for the Owls. Garden Plain also struggled to get its shots to fall.
Celia Puetz has become the Owls’ top scorer early this season. She had 19, while Molly Zoglman added 10. Sydney Puetz scored 6, but the Owls did not have any other scorers.
Garden Plain finish second in the four-team round robin tournament, while Nickerson won with a 3-0 record.
The Owls began this week with a road game at the Independent Panthers. Garden Plain will host Berean Academy this Thursday.

The Garden Plain girls basketball team outscored Hesston 11-6 in the fourth quarter last Thursday to earn a 34-30 win over the Swathers. This was a good battle between ranked teams. The Owls were No. 3 in Class 2A in last week’s Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll, while the Swathers were No. 10 in 3A.
“The Hesston game was a grinder. They’re physical and well coached. It was a sound defensive game on both sides,” Kasselman said.
Celia Puetz led the team in scoring with a game-high 14 points. Sydney Puetz added 10. Brooke Hammond led Garden Plain in rebounding with 9, including 8 on the defensive end.

Garden Plain: Celia Puetz 14, Sydney Puetz 9, Molly Zoglman 5, Brooke Hammond 4, Naomi Dooley 2.

Strong first-half scoring and a tight second-half defense helped Garden Plain to a 48-20 home win over the Rose Hill Rockets at the start of last week.
The Owls’ defense gave up just 7 points in the second half.
Garden Plain shot 42 percent from the field, while limiting Rose Hill to 21 percent. The Owls were 5-for-15 on 3-point shots.
Brooke Hammond had a good night shooting, going 8-for-15 for 18 points.

Garden Plain: Brooke Hammond 18, Celia Puetz 7, Sydney Puetz 7, Carly Hitt 6, Ryleigh Stuhlsatz 5, Molly Zoglman 3, Naomi Dooley 2.