Schaadt Scores 20, Pirates Defeat Kenton


Libby Schaadt (by Troy Breidenbach)

Libby Schaadt (by Troy Breidenbach)

(BLUFFTON) - Sophomore Libby Schaadt poured in a career high 20 points and Alivia Koenig buried three 3 pointers as Bluffton defeated Kenton 41-30 Tuesday night.  The Pirates improved to 8-3 with the win while the defeat was just the second of the season for Kenton, now 5-2.  

Playing on a rare Tuesday evening game, Bluffton locked down on the visiting Wildcats limiting them to just two points in each the second and fourth quarters.  Kenton had not taken the floor for a game since December 19 and the Wildcats showed a little rust early as Bluffton took a 7-0 lead on hoops from Averey Rumer, Koenig and Schaadt.  Koenig’s second ‘3’ made the score 10-3.  Kenton revved to life and cut the deficit to 12-11 after one quarter.  

After playing a 2-3 zone for the first quarter, Kenton switched to man defense in the second and Bluffton capitalized inside.  Schaadt scored all ten of Bluffton’s second quarter points in the paint.  The sophomore routinely slipped free inside and Rumer was generous with the ball, setting up three Schaadt buckets in the quarter alone.  Rumer finished the game with six assists.  The Pirates dominated the Wildcats on the boards all night, totaling a 31-17 overall but BHS was especially lethal on the offensive rebounds, collecting 12 on the night.  

Schaadt and Koenig continued the inside-outside combination in the third quarter, scoring 9 of the team’s 11 points as the Pirates built a 37-26 lead.  Kenton cut the lead to 31-22 with 3:30 left in the third quarter but a quick 6-0 jaunt put the Pirates back in control 37-22.  5’4” guard Kayla White collected three rebounds in the run as Koenig scored a layup and two free throws to go along with a bucket from Ashley Eachus.  

In the fourth, both teams turned the ball over a bit much for their respective coaches liking and the Pirates defended and rebounded well.  Kenton finally broke into the scoring column with just 2:06 left in the game.  The game could have really gotten out of hand but the Pirates connected on just 2/14 free throws in the game.  In the end, the free tosses were not needed.  

For the game, Bluffton shot 15/30 on two point goals and 3/12 on 3’s.  The Pirates turned the ball over 24 times compared to 23 for Kenton.  Kenton shot 12/43 (28%) overall and just 3/19 (16%) on 3’s.  Individually, Schaadt and Koenig led the scoring brigade and Averey Rumer filled up the stat sheet.  The junior scored 4 points but added six assists and a team high 10 rebounds, 5 of which were offensive.  Schaadt nabbed 7 boards to go with her 20 points.  Koenig made all three of Bluffton’s three pointers as she continues to climb towards the all time mark of 206 held by Caity Matter.  The junior now has 158 for her career.  

Bluffton will host winless Lima Perry Saturday with a noon tipoff.

Individual Statistics : 

Libby Schaadt - 20 points, 7 rebounds

Alivia Koenig - 13 points, three 3s, 3 rebounds 1 assist

Averey Rumer - 4 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists

Ashley Eachus - 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist

Kayla White - 2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist

Katie Prater - 3 rebounds

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