Schuyler-The West Point-Beemer Boys and Girls Basketball teams went on the road and swept Class B Schuyler Thursday night as the Cadet Girls won 67-25 and the boys came away with a 56-34 victory.
In the girls game, West Point-Beemer went on a 6-0 run to go up 10-2 in the 1st quarter after leading 4-2. The Cadets eventually led 18-7 after one.
West Point-Beemer built a 38-16 halftime lead by outscoring the Warriors 20-9 in the 2nd quarter.
The Cadets won the 3rd quarter 10-7 to go up 48-23 at the end of three before outscoring Schuyler 19-2 in the 4th quarter.
West Point-Beemer Head Coach Craig Theis on the win. “Schuyler plays a Class B schedule so they’re not going to be scared of West Point coming at them tonight. So we knew it was going to be a tough game. They always play us really hard. They’re really physical. But yeah we feel really good for 4 quarters, played 32 minutes of basketball. And to push the basketball, hit open shots, and let our defense get us some easy baskets. And we were able to do that tonight. And jeez I think we played 15 kids there so that really benefits you in a game cause you can get out and run really well.”
Schuyler had 30 turnovers, unofficially. “Yeah once again we say at West Point-Beemer we want to hang our hat on defense cause you can bring that every single night, there’s no excuses. And when you come on the road your defense can really set your tempo. And we really love our pressure defense. And we can kind of attack you a couple of different ways. We worked on some half court stuff tonight a little bit too. Dropping back, a little run and jump. And man we really like it cause we have some really nice athletes and some girls that are really intelligent away from the basketball. And once again just do a great job. Those girls they’re putting a lot of hard work in. And it’s nice to see them rewarded. 6 wins in a row now so that’s nice, Theis said.”
Andrea Hoffman had a game-high 14 points for the Cadets while Brittney Hinkel totaled 12. Sidney Swanson and Katie Pilakowski added 8 apiece while Makenna Weddle notched 7.
West Point-Beemer improves to 10-4 on the season.
Rachel Shonka and Tasha Wolken each had 7 points to pace the Warriors, who fell to 1-10 on the year.
In the boys game, the Cadets used a stifling defense to lead 11-2 at the end of one and build a 17-2 lead in the 2nd quarter off a 12-0 run after leading 5-2 early on.
West Point-Beemer led 24-12 at halftime, and won the 3rd quarter 13-8 to go up 37-20 at the end of three.
The Cadets outscored the Warriors 19-14 in the 4th quarter.
Chase Streeter had a team-high 13 points for West Point-Beemer, who improved to 8-5 on the year, while Hunter Pilakowski notched 11. Ben Vander Griend added 8 while Austin Streeter scored 7.
Schuyler’s Auston Hall led all scorers with 16 points while Noah Beebe scored 8 for the Warriors, who fell to 3-7 on the season.
The Cadets, who have won 4 out of their last 5, forced 21 turnovers, unofficially. Head Coach Cody Bobolz. “Yeah no really pleased with our defense really since the later part of December we’ve really picked it up on the defensive end. Done a much better job containing middle, and one of the guys on the three point line. Our ball pressure’s been really good. And so really pleased with that. I thought we did a pretty good job most of the game against really running some of those guys off and really containing. I think defense right now has kind of been our mainstay for us, and on a night when our offense maybe wasn’t quite as good, we know we got our defense to fall back on here for us.”
West Point-Beemer is 6-2 since losing 62-40 at Howells-Dodge on Tuesday, December 12th. “Yeah that Howells game was tough to swallow. Give credit to them, but that wasn’t our best basketball. We kind of hit a reset button a little bit on the season, and just kind of got back to fundamentals. And just playing basketball. And I think our biggest difference from that game on has been the defensive end. We know we got guys that can score, but the defensive end is where it’s got to be. It’s gotta be where it’s constant for us. And yeah I feel really good about what we’re doing right now, I like the team chemistry, I like the team togetherness at this point. I really feel like we’re starting to put some things together. And the guys are just I think really starting to see that. And really encouraged by the basketball that we’re playing. And so we got to continue this. And we’re really exicted to see what we can do here over the next month and-a-half,” Bobolz said.”
Both West Point-Beemer teams host Tekamah-Herman on Saturday.
Theis on the matchup. “Tekamah every year that’s always a battle. New coach, I know Coach Eriksen, but once again it’s the same Tekamah. And we always say we want to respect everyone, but fear no one. So we’re prepared to get back at home after two road games, and hopefully all those shots we shoot in the morning and after practice and stuff hopefully will fall in at home and they get win number 7 so it would be really nice.”
Both Schuyler teams host Seward Friday night.