Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 11:51 pm
basketball
Central City girls nip Wildcats

CENTRAL CITY — The Central City girls hosted St. Paul in a basketball game that was more like a split doubleheader in softball, but thanks to heady play by leading scorer Val Fousek, the Bison held off a furious Wildcat rally to down the visitors 43-40.

Central City used a decided height advantage and some sharp outside shooting from Fousek in the first quarter to zoom to a 18-5 lead after one period of play, and stretched their lead to 28-13 at the intermission break, before St. Paul would come to life in the third quarter.

The Wildcats finished the third quarter on an 8-0 run capped by back-to-back possessions, culminating in long 3-pointers from Terrin Jonak to close within 33-27 heading into the final stanza.

St. Paul would have a chance to tie with less than a minute to go, when Jonak was fouled on a 3-point attempt. The senior hit two charity tosses to make the score 39-38, but Fousek would make four straight free throws to seemingly ice the game with just 14 seconds left, but the Wildcats had one last rally up their sleeves.

Amanda Kulwicki would hit a shot just inside the 3-point arc with nine seconds to go, and the Bison would turn the ball over on the ensuing out-of-bounds play, to set up the Wildcats for one last play.

St. Paul would get the look that they wanted but the ball rimmed out, and two put-backs by the Wildcats failed to drop, as Central City held on to the win.

Fousek led all scorers with 23 points, while adding eight rebounds, and four assists, and drew praise from her head coach Dan Negus, on her defense and game instincts, including a play late in the game when she turned down an easy lay-up to burn seconds off the clock.

"Val is a very instinctive player," Negus said. "We move her around on defense, and her reach creates some turnovers, the play late is a situation we’ve talked about in practice, but give her credit, she was disciplined enough to know what to do in that exact situation, used up some time, and made the free throws."

Jonak led St. Paul with 15 points.


Central City 43, St. Paul 40

ST.PAUL — Wojtalewicz 0-7 0-2 0, Karrie Sestak 1-7 1-3 3, Kylie Sestak 3-7 2-2 8, Wysocki 2-6 2-2 6, Jonak 3-12 7-13 15, Mudloff 1-4 0-1 2, Turek 0-1 0-0 0, Kulwicki 2-4 0-0 4. Team 12-38 14-23 40.

CENTRAL CITY — Maresh 2-4 0-2 5, Night 1-3 0-0 2, Fousek 6-17, 7-9 23, Erickson 1-7 0-0 2, Gathje 5-11 1-2 11, Lenz 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 0-0 0-1 0. Team 15-43 8-14 43.

St. Paul (8-5) .......... 5 8 14 13 — 40
Central City (8-5) .... 18 10 5 10 — 43

3 Pt. FGS — SP 2-9 (Jonak 2-3, Wajtalewicz 0-1, Karrie Sestak 0-1, Wysocki 0-2, Mudloff 0-2) CC 5-11 (Maresh 1-2, Fousek 4-9). REBOUNDS — SP 27 (Kylie Sestak 10), CC 22 (Fousek 7), ASSISTS — SP 5, (Jonak 3), CC 11 (Maresh 5), TURNOVERS — SP 14, CC 18, FOULS — SP 17, CC 18, FOULED OUT — None.

St. Paul boys 55, Central City 35

Josh Harrahill (21) and Landon Vogel (17) combined for 38 points to lead St. Paul to a 55-35 road win over host Central City.

Vogel did most of his damage inside as the Junior post-player netted five field goals on just seven shots, while Harrahill drove the lane time and time again to score four field goals and 11 free throws on the night.

Coach Derek Reinsch credited his team’s defense as the key to the Wildcats second win on the season.

"When you can hold a good offensive team like Central City under 40 points you’ve done a real nice job," Reinsch said. "We’re starting to put some nice things together offensively and defensively. We only had one player coming back this year with a lot of varsity experience, but in our last three games we’ve won twice."

The Bison were led in scoring by Mitch Carlson with ten points.


St. Paul 55, Central City 35

ST. PAUL — Jerabek 1-2 1-2 3, Harrahill 4-13 11-15 21, Stoltenberg 1-4 0-0 2, Schulte 3-6 3-3 9, Vogel 5-7 6-9 17, Woodgate 0-2 1-2 1, Townsend 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 14-34 24-33 55.

CENTRAL CITY — Lee 1-13 0-0 2, Geiger 1-3 0-0 3, Carlson 3-10, 1-4 10, Ohlman 0-1 0-0 0, Grimes 0-2 1-4 1, Gilg 3-6 1-2 8, Wagner 3-9 1-3 8,Paup 0-2 2-4 2, Beck 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 11-48 6-17 35.

St. Paul (2-10) ........... 14 13 8 20 — 55
Central City (2-11) ..... 13 5 7 10 — 35

3 PT. FGS — SP 3-6 (Harrahill 2-4, Vogel 1-1, Woodgate 0-1), CC 6-18 (Lee 0-5, Geiger 1-1,Carlson 3-5, Grimes 0-1, Gilg 1-4, Wagner 1-1, Beck 0-1). REBOUNDS — SP — 24 (Stoltenberg 8), CC — 27 (Lee 8), ASSISTS — SP — 7 (Schulte 4), CC — CC — 6 (Lee 3), TURNOVERS — SP — 14, CC — 18, FOULS — SP — 16, CC — 25. FOULED OUT — SP — Schulte.

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