Arcadia Pulls Away for Win

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Katie Prater (by Troy Breidenbach)

Katie Prater (by Troy Breidenbach)

(BLUFFTON) - Saturday afternoon, Arcadia visited Bluffton in a matchup of teams with a combined record of 13-4, each team with two losses.  The game did not disappoint as the Bluffton led by two points going into the fourth quarter.  Arcadia ripped off a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter and held on for a 46-36 victory to improve to 7-2.  Bluffton fell to 7-3 with the loss.

The Pirates had not played in nine days and made just 3 of 23 field goal attempts in the first half.  Bluffton’s defense and rebounding were excellent however limiting Arcadia to just a 15-13 halftime lead. 6’2” Kennedy Pratt scored 9 of Arcadia’s first half points as most of the offense went through her.  Averey Rumer did a nice job defending the far taller opponent and limiting her opportunities.  

Alivia Koenig ignited in the third quarter for nine points as the Pirates took their first lead of the game.  Koenig connected on two three pointers to go along with three foul shots in the quarter.  Bluffton also upped the defensive pressure going full court against the taller Redskins.  Katie Prater added 4 points in the third quarter for BHS. Kayla White and Katie Prater scored inside the paint to start the fourth quarter and Bluffton held its largest lead of the game at 23-26.  

At that point, the Redskins made a decided effort to go to Pratt and 6’1” teammate Emma Saltzman in the post and the push was unstoppable. Pratt and Saltzman scored six points in the 13-0 run that turned a six point deficit for AHS into a 39-32 advantage.  Libby Schaadt broke Bluffton’s drought with a layup off a nice pass from Prater.  Two free throws from Rumer got Bluffton back within six with two minutes left.  

With 1:30 left, the door was still open for Bluffton.  Leading by six, Arcadia missed the front end of two one-and-one free throws but rebounded both misses and then made two free throws to push the lead back out to eight points.  

For the game, Bluffton shot 11/50 (22%) from the field and 11/16 from the line.  The Pirates connected on just 3/21 from behind the arc.  Arcadia shot 18/46 (39%) and 7/16 from the line.  The Redskins were 3/9 from downtown.  Despite holding a far superior heigh advantage, Arcadia held just a 31-28 rebounding advantage.  Libby Schaadt led Bluffton with 10 rebounds and Rumer added 7. Arcadia turned the ball over 13 times, Bluffton 9.  Pratt led Arcadia with 20 points, no other Redskins finished in double figures.  

Individual Scoring :

Alivia Koenig - 10 points, 2 threes, 5 rebounds

Katie Prater - 8 points, 4 rebounds

Averey Rumer - 6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 three

Libby Schaadt - 6 points, 10 rebounds

Ashley Eachus - 2 points, 1 rebound

Brinkley Garmatter - 2 points
Kayla White - 2 points, 1 rebound

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