The Peabody-Burns girls’ basketball team spent a lot of effort getting back into the game against the top-seeded Burrton Chargers Monday night in the opening round of the 42nd Eli J. Walter Invitational in Elbing.


ELBING — The Peabody-Burns girls’ basketball team spent a lot of effort getting back into the game against the top-seeded Burrton Chargers Monday night in the opening round of the 42nd Eli J. Walter Invitational in Elbing.

Down by as many as 15 in the second half, the Warriors got as close as two points before Burrton pulled away for a 51-44 win.

“They’re a good, scrappy team,” Burrton coach Tyler Hoopes said. “We played them earlier this year and they did the same thing. We got up by about 20, and the got within 10. We’re fighting some injuries. One of our post players is out until Thursday. We went small out there and were able to hold them off.”

“I was happy with the way we got back in the game,” Peabody-Burns coach Darren Schroeder said. “Burrton is a good team. They hit some free throws at the end that hurt us. We can’t afford to give up big leads to teams like that. They have confidence. They are 11-1 right now. The first half cost us the game. We got up 5-0, 5-2, then we didn’t score for the rest of the quarter. We got in a hurry and rushed things.”

Ashley Friesen led Burrton with 14 points. Hillary Janzen and Valerie Wallsten each scored nine.

Danielle Savage led Peabody-Burns with 13 points. Bayleigh Clark added 11, nine in the second half.

“Bayleigh did a good job of handling the ball,” Schroeder said. “In the fourth quarter, she took the ball to the hole. She brought a lot of energy. Playing good teams, you have to play four good quarters. We only played three.”

Both teams struggled early with shooting. The Warriors jumped ahead 5-0 early, but Burrton ended the quarter on a 9-0 run capped by a Kailey Gardner trey with two seconds left in the period.

The two teams played even early in the second quarter. Burrton was able to pull away by seven at halftime, 22-15.

Burrton opened the third quarter with a 6-3 run to take a 10-point lead and force a Warrior time out. Burrton led by 13 at the end of the period, 35-22.

Peabody-Burns made a 10-1 run to start the fourth quarter, aided by one of four Charger free throw shooting. After a time out, Clark hit a layup off a turnover to get the Warriors within two, 36-34, with 3:17 left in regulation. Burrton broke the run on a short Ashley Friesen layup eight seconds later. A Mariah Friesen trey put Burrton up by five. The Chargers put the game away down the stretch from the line.

“We were 50 percent from the line, and we’re going to have to do a better job than that,” Hoopes said. “We’ve gotten off to slow starts the past couple of games. We’re definitely not going to be able to get away with that against better teams. We’re going to have to come out ready to go. We’ll be healthy. We shot the ball well. We hit some twos around the line.”

Burrton plays Douglass at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals.

“They will be a good team,” Hoopes said. “They have size. They have some shooting. We’re going to have to play sound defense. We always give up size, so we’re going to have to rebound. We’re going to have to match their intensity. They pressured Bluestem. We handle a press pretty good. We have three pretty good guards, who can handle the ball.”

Peabody-Burns plays Leon-Bluestem at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the consolation semifinals in the old gym.

“They’re big,” Schroeder said. “They are very well coached. They have quick guards. We’re going to have to rebound. If we don’t shoot well, we’re going to have to rebound. ... We’ll build off this.”

PEABODY-BURNS (2-9) — Methvin 3 0-1 3, 6; Clark 5 1-2 2, 11; Noble 0 0-0 0, 0; Pohlman 1 0-0 1, 2; Savage 6 1-6 5, 13; Wedel 1 (2) 0-0 4, 8; Woodruff 2 0-2 5, 4; Remple 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 18 (2) 2-11 20, 44.

BURRTON (11-1) — Simoneau 0 0-0 1, 0; Janzen 2 (10 2-4 2, 9; M.Friessen 0 (1) 1-2 2, 4; Gardner 2 (1) 0-0 2, 7; Wallsten 0 (2) 3-4 1, 9; Day 2 4-6 4, 8; A.Friesen 6 2-8 3, 14; TOTALS 12 (5) 12-24 14, 51.

Pea-Burns 5 10 7 22 —44

Burrton 9 13 13 16 —51

Douglass 61,

Leon-Bluestem 38

Ballhandling problems in the first and third quarter were too much for the Leon-Bluestem Lions to overcome in a 61-38 loss to Central Plains League rival Douglass Monday in the opening game of the tournament.

Bluestem had 18 turnovers in the two periods. Douglass outscored Bluestem 17-5 in the third quarter to break the game open. Bluestem finished the game with 23 turnovers, mostly unforced.

Brittney Bratcher led Douglass with 15 points. Lauren Green scored 11 and Mogan Basham scored 10.

Rachel Servis scored 16 points for Bluestem. Demi Metcalf scored nine.

Douglass threatened to put the game away early, jumping out to a 9-0 lead before Bluestem broke the shutout on a pair of free throws. Down 13-2, Bluestem ended the quarter on a 5-1 run.

Bluestem got within one early in the second quarter on a 6-0 run. Douglass led by as many as eight in the final minute, but Servis hit a shot late in the quarter to get the Lions within six at the half, 30-24.

Douglass opened the third quarter with an 11-5 run to take a 41-29 lead.

Douglass advances to the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Bluestem plays in the consolation semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the old gym.

LEON-BLUESTEM — Barnard 2 4-7 4, 8; Feaster 1 0-0 4, 2; J.Cox 1 1-2 3, 3; Metcalf 0 (1) 6-7 5, 9; Burns 0 0-0 2, 0; W.Cox 1 (1) 0-1 3, 5; Gomez 0 1-4 0, 1; Servis 7 2-3 1, 16; Rivers 0 0-1 2, 0; TOTALS 11 (2) 10-18 22, 38.

DOUGLASS — Barnes 2 4-7 4, 8; Weber 0 0-0 1, 0; Bergley 1 (1) 2-2 2, 7; Guthrie 3 0-0 0, 6; Basham 3 4-5 0, 10; Young 1 2-4 3, 4; Bratcher 1 (4) 1-2 3, 15; Green 3 5-6 3, 11; McDaniel 0 0-0 2, 0; Logsdon 0 0-0 1, 0; TOTALS 14 (5) 18-26 19, 61.

Bluestem 7 17 5 9 —38

Douglass 14 16 17 14 —61