The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Sports

December 27, 2012

Pats have big first day at Classic

BISMARCK — The Seeger Lady Patriots made their first ever appearance at the Bismarck-Henning Blue Devil Classic a memorable one Thursday as the Patriots capped their day with a 41-29 win over the host Blue Devils.

Freshman Hannah Gustus had a game high 16 points, with Kirsten Irvine adding eight points, and Miranda Synesael seven points.

Following the graduation of several key players from a 20-win team last season, Seeger has had an up and down start to this season, but the Patriots have seen things turn around recently and now have a three-game winning streak.

“We don’t have a superstar player and that’s the kind of scoring balance we have been getting,” Seeger coach Brent Rademacher said. “We don’t run a lot of set plays for anyone and try to take what the defense will give us, but the Bismarck defense doesn’t give you many clean looks.

“We felt one thing they were giving us was the skip pass and we tried to take advantage of that. We work a lot on back cuts and run a Princeton style offense. We didn’t always complete the opportunities, but overall we did a great job of getting to the basket.”

“One reason I am so proud of our defensive effort tonight is that Seeger runs some really good stuff on offense,” Bismarck-Henning coach Mike Stephens said. “They are an excellent coached team. We had three freshmen on the court at times tonight, and we have a team that works very hard and listens. We don’t have any deception to our passing on offense but we have an excellent senior leader in Lexi Ballard who is all you could ask for in a senior leader, and we will get better.”

The Blue Devils were led by 13 points from Addie Voyles, with Brooke Walsh and freshman Lindsay Andrews adding six points each.

The Patriots would get out to a 6-2 lead but the Blue Devils rallied to tie the score 8-8. Seeger would make a late basket to end the first quarter with a 10-8 lead.

A 3-pointer by Synesael would give Seeger its largest first half lead at 15-10, but a buzzer beater by Voyles would cut the lead to 17-14 going into halftime. A 9-2 run to open the second half would essentially put the game away.

“Defense was the key to the fast start in the second half,” Rademacher said. “Our half court trap was effective and Miranda Synesael on the point for us defensively did a great job. We also started to do a better job of shooting the gaps. We tried to establish a strong defensive presence early in the game to get us going.”

Stephens was also impressed with Synesael.

“She is very long and very effective on defense, Stephens said. We struggled against their trap all night, especially early in the second half.”

The Patriots would end the third period up 28-18. The lead would reach a high of 14 points in the fourth quarter with Gustus scoring the last three points for the Patriots.

“Hannah Gustus has been a spot starter for us and is blessed with God-given speed,” Rademacher said. “She is able to use that to her advantage and is coming along as a player.”

In their first game of the day, the Patriots defeated the Villa Grove Blue Devils 53-39.

“We played pretty well after the first couple of minutes, said Seeger assistant coach Dave Brown. We got into some early foul trouble, but played solid defense for the rest of the game.”

Bismarck-Henning also won their first game, 29-21 over the Salt Fork Storm.

“That was really an excellent win for us”, Stephens said. Lindsay Andrews had some key baskets, we played strong defense, and proved we could come back and win.”

The Storm also lost 43-24 to the Unity Rockets.

In other action, the defending tournament champion North Vermillion Falcons was off to a 2-0 start in defeating the Watseka Warriors 53-50 and the Fisher Bunnies 48-35.

Taylor Turchi had 16 against Watseka and 14 against Fisher for the Falcons, while Mikayla Kinneer had 23 points in the two wins and Kylee Karr had 19 points for the day.

Watseka had earlier defeated the Shiloh Raiders 56-47. The Westville Tigers got off to an 0-2 start with a 40-29 loss to the Fisher Bunnies and a 66-28 loss to the Shiloh Raiders.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - CN0820 - BisHenn photo 1 Going the extra mile BISMARCK — Bismarck-Henning coach Mark Dodd has really enjoyed the last few years.Not just because of the two straight Vermilion Valley Conference titles and a almost three-year unbeaten run in regular season action, but because of working with playe

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • LOCAL ROUNDUP: Trojans defeat Chargers in volleyball opener CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — It took all five sets but the Covington Lady Trojans opened the year with a hard-fought 24-26, 25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 16-14 victory over the North Montgomery Chargers in prep volleyball action on Tuesday night.Brooke Ahrens led t

    August 20, 2014

  • SPT - CN0819 - Seeger photo 1 Patriots make changes WEST LEBANON, Ind. – Success for the Seeger Patriot football team this season will depend on two things.They will rely on technique and teamwork to reach their goals.“We’ve got a little bit of size, a little bit of speed and a few guys with a lot of

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • B-H's Warren claims Urbana Kick-Off Classic URBANA — Bismarck-Henning’s David Warren kicked off his senior season in style, winning the Urbana Kick-Off Classic at the Urbana Country Club.Warren shot a 4-over 76 to earn a one-stroke victory over Champaign Centennial’s Isaac Overman (77), while

    August 19, 2014

  • SPT - CN0817 - North Vermillion photo 1 Trying to fill big holes CAYUGA, Ind. — Brayden Woodard and his senior teammates on the 2013 North Vermillion football team left their mark on the Wabash River Conference.The Falcons won back-to-back undefeated league titles and they enter this season with a 15-game winning

    August 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0816 - Fountain Central photo 2 New names, same goals VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — While the names might change, the goals and expectations for the Fountain Central football team remain the same.The Mustangs, who went 11-2 last year with a sectional championship, are looking to replace 60 percent of their offens

    August 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT- CN0815 - Covington football photo 1 Trojans' experience could be key COVINGTON, Ind. – The Covington football team enters this season on a positive note. The Trojans lost only five seniors to graduation, so team hopes to build on its many returning players.“We’re a year old and stronger,” said Covington head coach Tra

    August 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Voles set to host Jamboree DANVILLE — For the eighth year, the Vermilion Voles Vintage Base Ball club will invite other clubs in the Midwest to Kennekuk County Park on Saturday for the “Uncle Joe” Cannon Base Ball Jamboree.The event will feature four teams with the Voles, the

    August 15, 2014

  • No Headline Provided HELP WANTEDThe Danville Commercial-News is seeking sports-minded individuals to cover local sporting events this school year. An individual should have their own transportation, and be able to work nights and weekends.Anyone interested in the opportu

    August 13, 2014

  • SPT - CN0812 - High School football photo 1 Young Vikings get started DANVILLE — For the second year in a row, high school football teams in Illinois have had to make a change in their preseason practice schedules.A year ago, the IHSA developed a new policy when it came to acclimatization period of early-season practic

    August 12, 2014 2 Photos

E-edition
NJCAA Tourney Photos 2014


Check out the action at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Tournament March 18-22 at DACC. Buy photos from the Commercial-News here: http://smu.gs/1iCWKnP

Must Read
AP Video
Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Deadly Landslides in Japan Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Arrests Witnessed in Ferguson Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Heavy Rains Flood Arizona Roads US Trying to Verify Video of American's Killing FBI Director Addresses Ferguson Shooting in Utah Raw: Police at Scene of St. Louis Shooting Police: 2 Calif. Boys Planned School Shooting NOLA Police Chief Retires Amid Violent Crimes
NDN Video
Crews rescue elderly woman trapped inside flooded minivan Taylor Swift Reveals New Album 1989 is Full-On Pop Serious Flash Flooding in Arizona Man Poses for New Mugshot Photo Wearing Shirt with Old Mugshot Photo On It Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listeners' Caught On Camera: Johnny Manziel Obscene Gesture Rita Ora Embraces the Ice Bucket Challenge Bird surprises soccer player Ashley Young during game Chapter Two: Never too late to become an artist Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Viral, Raises Over $15M For ALS Damaging Winds Stop the Show! In the Cockpit of the Air Force's Elite Squadron Pathologist: Autopsy Shows Teen Repeatedly Shot Christina Aguilera Has a Baby Girl Marvel Fans: Watch Dancing Baby Groot Over and Over! Raw: Protesters, Police Clash in Ferguson Gov. Rick Perry responds to indictment Breaking: Officials release name of police officer in Ferguson shooting Man Shot As Protesters Defy Curfew in Ferguson Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Back Together for Two ‘Secret’ Dates