Yutan Girls Basketball

PAINT PRODUCTION:  Yutan senior Taylor Arensberg scores in the lane over the top of a Mead defender.  Arensberg and the Chieftains rolled to a 56-25 road victory in Mead on Jan. 4.  (Staff Photo by Jason Unger)

MEAD – The Yutan girls basketball team improved to 7-3 on the year after notching wins over Omaha Brownell-Talbot and Mead last week.

The week started with a 64-47 win over Omaha Brownell-Talbot on the road on Jan. 3.

The 64 points were a season-high for the Chieftains, who were playing their first game in 14 days.

Yutan scored 21 first quarter points while building a 12-point lead.

“We came out very strong and then we had runs of very good play and rusty play.  We shot well from the perimeter, but missed some bunnies and free throws or we could have widened the margin. Brownell has a nice team and this was a good win for us coming off a two-week break,” said Yutan Coach Rod Henkel.

Junior Molly Davis turned in her best game of the season finishing with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Sophomore Rylie Jones also played well while adding 17 points, five assists and three steals.

Senior Taylor Arensberg held down the fort on the interior finishing with eight points and a team-best 10 rebounds.

Twenty-four hours later, the Chieftains returned to the floor for a conference match up with the Mead Raiders.

The Chieftains got off to a great start against the Raiders and cruised to a 56-25 road victory.

Yutan led 13-0 in the first quarter and 23-1 in the second quarter, while gradually extending their lead throughout the game.

“We didn’t know how we’d respond to taking 14 days off from a game and playing hard the night before, but the girls came out with a lot of intensity.  I thought we made it difficult for Mead to get comfortable with the ball that first half,” Henkel stated.

Junior Johanna Vandenack scored all 12 of her points in the first half.

Junior Emma Lloyd added 10 points for Yutan.

All 14 girls played for the Chieftains and 10 scored.

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