MURRAY – The Yutan girls basketball team improved to 4-2 on the season after earning a pair of blowout wins over Tekamah-Herman and Conestoga last week.
Yutan rolled to a 52-20 win at home over Tekamah-Herman on Dec. 11.
The Chieftains broke the game open in the second quarter with a 15-0 scoring run. The Chieftains led 28-11 at the half.
A 17-0 scoring run in the second half gave the Chieftains the luxury of playing reserves for the majority of the fourth quarter.
The Chieftains played without sophomore starter Rylie Jones, who was sidelined with a leg injury.
Junior Johanna Vandenack led Yutan in scoring with 14 points to go along with five rebounds and three steals.
Seniors Taylor Arensberg and McKinley Josoff added 10 points apiece and Arensberg led Yutan with six rebounds.
Yutan made a season-high six 3-point baskets and committed just 11 turnovers while the Tigers committed 28.
“We think we have some nice shooters and we finally hit some from outside and that opened up the lead. I thought we defended well and didn’t allow too many good looks for Tekamah and our pressure bothered them some,” said Yutan Coach Rod Henkel.
The Chieftains earned their fourth win of the seaosn against the Conestoga Cougars on Friday night, winning by a score of 54-6.
Junior Molly Davis scored nine of her 12 points in the first half, while Arensberg scored six of her 10 in the opening half.
Yutan led 32-2.
All 14 players who suited up got an opportunity to play in the first half.
“It was nice to get 14 girls a lot of playing time in a varsity game. For some, it was their first varsity minutes ever. Our defense was pretty good as we played man and zone and had limited fouls. Conestoga is inexperienced so we did what we needed to do,” Henkel added.