By MICHAEL BURWELL
MILLER CITY “” There were several similarities in offensive numbers between Miller City and Patrick Henry in Tuesday’s nonleague girls basketball game.
But there was one staggering difference, and that allowed Miller City to get the win.
The Wildcats made 14 of 22 free throws, including 8 of 13 in the fourth quarter, while Patrick Henry was 7 of 22 for the game and 3 of 12 in the fourth quarter as Miller City won 43-35 at Miller City High School.
“We thought if we could force a couple turnovers and get our offense set up and organized, we could attack down low and we thought they’d foul us, which they did,” Miller City coach Ross Heuerman said. “We got to the free-throw line and knocked them down; that was huge for us.”
Natalie Koenig, a 5-foot-8 freshman forward for Miller City, scored a game-high 15 points off the bench.
She came up big in the second half.
Koenig had 11 points after the break, and her bucket in the paint off classmate Adrienne Kuhlman’s pass with 3:09 left gave the Wildcats a 34-33 lead.
It was the fifth and final lead change of the quarter.
“She’s been doing that all year for us. We know if we need a big basket on the inside or a rebound down low, we can get her in there and she’s going to take a good shot,” Heuerman said. “She makes a lot, she misses some, but we can count on her to get us a big basket or a big rebound every time.”
Koenig’s spin move for a score with 2:50 left extended the Wildcats’ lead to 37-33. Abby Niese made two free throws and Katelyn Kuhlman added a bucket in the paint in a 31-second span to give Miller City a 41-35 lead with 43 seconds left.
Faith Frania hit two free throws with 2:06 left to pull Patrick Henry to within 37-35, but those were the only free throws the Patriots made in their last 10 attempts (all in the final 2:31).
They were also the only points Patrick Henry scored in the final 3:30 of play.
“We just didn’t handle ourselves well,” Patrick Henry coach Lisa Frania said. “They were trapping, but it was more us not showing up. We didn’t show up tonight.”
Adrienne Kuhlman, a freshman guard, added 10 points and six rebounds off the bench and Katelyn Kuhlman, a sophomore forward, scored six points with a team-high seven rebounds.
Both teams struggled shooting as Patrick Henry shot 24 percent (13 of 55) from the floor, while Miller City shot 28 percent (13 of 46).
Patrick Henry jumped out to a 13-3 lead late in the first quarter with the help of solid ball movement and offensive rebounding.
Katelyn Drewes, who had 12 points to lead the Patriots, drained two 3-pointers off passes from Kayla Prigge and Audrey Sonnenberg during the run. Sonnenberg and Leah Johns had putbacks, and Prigge found Abby Carrizales for a bucket as well.
But the Patriots’ offense went cold in the second quarter as they only scored four points in taking a 17-14 halftime lead.
“We weren’t running much of anything. We’re having a hard time finding the balance between ready to shoot and taking good shots,” Lisa Frania said. “I would say we settled for taking a shot instead of running through the offense, being patient with it, swinging it around, seeing if we could get some looks on the back side.”
Carissa Rosebrook had a game-high 11 rebounds for Patrick Henry, which had a 50-38 advantage on the glass. Faith Frania added nine points and eight boards.
PATRICK HENRY (5-9)
Drewes 4-2–12, Frania 3-3–9, Carrizales 2-0–4, Prigge 2-0–4, Sonnenberg 1-0–2, Johns 1-0–2, Rosebrook 0-2–2, Kryder 0-0–0, Thompson 0-0–0, Seedorf 0-0–0. TOTALS: 13-55 7-22 — 35.
MILLER CITY (7-10)
Koenig 6-3–15, A. Kuhlman 2-4–10, K. Kuhlman 2-2–6, Ruhe 1-1–4, Berner 2-0–4, Hoffman 0-2–2, Niese 0-2–2, Lammers 0-0–0. TOTALS: 13-46 14-22 — 43.
Patrick Henry 13 4 7 11 — 35
Miller City 5 9 10 19 — 43
3-Point GOALS: Patrick Henry 2-13 (Drewes 2); Miller City 3-10 (A. Kuhlman 2, Ruhe 1).
rebounds: Patrick Henry 50 (Rosebrook 11); Miller City 38 (K. Kuhlman 7).
turnovers: Patrick Henry 21; Miller City 20.
junior varsity: Patrick Henry, 31-6.
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