Taking full advantage of their quickness and their full-court press, the Bishop Miege girls forced a whopping 27 turnovers Friday night en route to a 67-41 win over Blue Valley in an Eastern Kansas League game at Miege.
By CHARLES REDFIELD
Special to The Star
And when the Stags weren’t forcing the Tigers into miscues, the referees were tweeting their whistles. The game saw both coaches hit with technical fouls and a total of 50 personal fouls called.
The Stags led 31-21 at halftime but they went cold to start the third quarter, allowing the Tigers to cut the margin to six before Miege junior Madeline Homoly scored on a under the basket.
Over the next 4 minutes, 49 seconds, the Stags went on a 14-4 run to take a 47-29 lead entering the fourth quarter.
“The game was sloppy, and we were sloppy,” Stags coach Terry English said. “I want to thank my only senior, Lexie Villegas.
“She only had two points tonight, but she has had a great senior season and had a fantastic career for us. She has been a real good player for us for four years.”
The victory lifted the Stags to a 15-3 record with two games to play. Their only losses have come to St. Thomas Aquinas twice and once to Blue Valley North.
The Stags put four players in double figures, led by sophomore Selbe Piggie with 17 points. Sophomore Tristen McFeders added 16, freshman Hunter Bentley with 14 and Homoly added 12.
Blue Valley fell to 9-9 with the loss.
Senior Sydnie Hanson led the Tigers with 17 points, and sophomore Maddie Newell added 13.
Blue Valley boys 58, Bishop Miege 49
Blue Valley jumped out to an 18-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter and never lost the lead as the Tigers evened their season record at 9-9.
The Stags were able to pull within seven points at 45-38 on a basket by junior Reggie Byers with 4:34 left in the game, but that was as close they were able get.
Blue Valley hit 12 consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter before finishing the period 13 of 14.
“The difference is our guys played loose tonight,” first-year Blue Valley coach Dwight Williams said. “In our last two games at Gardner (Edgerton) and against Blue Valley Northwest last night, we played tight.
“I told them (before the game) we need to be loose and see if we can make a run in the last three games.”
Blue Valley had three players in double figures, led by senior Alex Peterson with 14. Senior Jalen Fulce added 13 and senior Mason King had 11.
The loss dropped the Stags’ record to 4-14.
Senior Luca Franco and freshman Ray Semaj led Miege with 11 points each. Senior McKinley Johnson added 10.