Bloomfield runs away from Shakamak
JASONVILLE - It was one of those nights where everything was clicking for the Bloomfield Lady Cardinals.
Bloomfield scored the game’s first 11 points and closed out the first quarter on a 16-0 run. The Lady Cardinals’ defense limited Shakamak to six first-half points as Bloomfield cruised to a 71-27 runaway victory over the Lady Lakers in Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference action at Shakamak Tuesday.
“They’re good for a reason,” Lady Lakers coach Kris Landry said of Blloomfield. “They’re well coached of course. We just don’t have the size Bloomfield does.
“But our girls didn’t quit. There’s still some learning points that can come out of this.”
Bloomfield coach Ron Knepp was pleased with the focus and intensity his Lady Cardinals displayed from the outset.
“We talked about that in the locker room - keeping our focus and keeipng our intensity,” the Bloomfield bench boss said.
“If you want to be a good team you come out and take care of your business every night.”
The Lady Cardinals put 11 points on the board in the game’s first three minutes.
Malea Toon got things started with a driving bucket. She snagged an interception and fired upcourt to Kylee Shelton for an layup and an old-fashioned 3-point play.
Shelton assisted Toon and Kayla Pinnick on inside hoops then drove in for two points herself.
Moriah Messmer broke the ice for Shakamak, swishing a 3-pointer off a feed from Morgan Yeryar.
Bloomfield then ran off the next 16 in succession.
Toon found Nicole Kilzer and Katie Small wide open for easy baskets before she scored on an inbounds play.Toon picked up a loose ball and took it coast-to-coast for two more. Shelton bagged a jumper. then blocked a shot and tossed ahead to Toon on the fast break.
And after the first eight minutes were in the books Bloomfield led 27-3.
“I thought the kids came out in the first quarter, set the tone of the game and continued that all the way through,” Knepp said. “It was a great game from all of them.”
The Lady Cardinals got four more buckets from Shelton in the second period.
Meanwhile Shakamak was in the midst of a scoring drought lasting nearly 12 minutes.
Brittany Huddleston finally ended the dry spell, hitting a free throw with just 44.7 seconds left in the half.
Messmer scored again after a Bloomfield turnover. But the Lady Cardinals took a commanding 41-6 advantage into the locker room at intermission.
Shakamak’s offense began to show signs of life midway through the third period.
Huddleston buried a trey courtesy of an assist from Messmer. Yeryar and Huddleston each drilled a long two. Cloe Hinkle and Huddleston each scored on putbacks and Hinkle knocked down a pair of freebies.
But it was all the Lady Lakers could do to keep pace with the Lady Cardinals.
Toon, Kilzer, Hayley England and Shelton all scored in succession to start the final quarter. Shelton’s three gave Bloomfield a 65-21 lead and Knepp cleared his bench with six minutes to play.
Bloomfield improves to 5-2 winning its SWIAC opener. Shakamak drops to 2-5, 0-3 in the conference.
Bloomfield travels to Owen Valley Saturday. Shakamak heads across the river to Marshall, Ill. Tuesday.
LADY CARDINALS 71, LADY LAKERS 27
Bloomfield 27 14 15 15 -- 71
Shakamak 3 3 13 8 -- 27
BLOOMFIELD (5-2, 1-0) -- Hayley England 2 6-7 10, Kylee Shelton 11 1-1 24, Malea Toon 9 1-2 19, Nicole Kilzer2 0-0 4, Kayla Pinnick 2 0-0 4, Katie Small 3 0-0 6, Hannah Walls 0 0-1 0, Emily Neighbors 0 0-0 0, Ava Mattox 0 0-0 0, Julie Hudson 1 2-2 4, Ilana Horning 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 10-13 71.
SHAKAMAK (2-5, 0-3) -- Brittany Huddleston 3 1-2 8, Lyndsey Pierce 0 0-0 0, Cloe Hinkle 1 2-2 4, Morgan Yeryar 1 0-0 2, Moriah Messmer 3 0-0 7, Jona Lash 0 0-0 0, Nanna Tonnesen 0 0-0 0, Johanna Baum 0 0-0 0, Kyrstin Busenbark 2 0-2 4, Abbi Gamble 0 0-0 0, Alyssia Johnson 1 0-0 2.