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Roncalli balance turns back Warbirds

Aberdeen Roncalli’s Jeci Ewart, right, puts up a shot over Sully Buttes’ Allyson Wittler, center, during a game earlier this season at the Roncalli High School gym. Ewart had 10 points in a victory over Wolsey-Wessington at Redfield on Saturday night. Photo by John Davis taken 12/20/2021

REDFIELD – Aberdeen Roncalli placed four players in double-figure scoring and improved to 6-0 on the season with a 68-54 girls’ basketball win over Wolsey-Wessington during the Pheasant Shootout on Saturday night.

The Cavaliers built a first-quarter lead they never lost, although Wolsey-Wessington did not go quietly.

“We kind of traded baskets early in the second half,” said Roncalli coach Derek Larson. “Then they kind of went on a run where they scored about seven or eight in a row.”

Larson said his team got a bit impatient on offense during that stretch when the Warbirds sliced a 20-point deficit down to seven in the third quarter.

“I thought we had some quick shots in possessions that didn’t make the defense work very hard where we came down and had a one-pass three,” Larson said. “It just seemed like when our offense wasn’t clicking, we didn’t play as well on the defensive end and they ended up shooting the ball really well. They played really well. Give them credit.”

Madelyn Bragg powered the Cavaliers with 22 points. Morgan Fiedler followed with 16, Olivia Hanson contributed 13 and Jeci Ewart added 10.

Interestingly enough, Bragg didn’t score in the opening period when the Warbirds focused their defense on her. However, the senior center then produced 14 points in the second quarter as Roncalli built a commanding lead.

“They gave us open looks. They really wanted to try to take her away and Jeci made some open shots, Morgan got out in transition, Olivia Hanson got out in transition a little bit,” Larson said. “It is nice when were not just top heavy. It makes them have to guard everyone on the floor.”

Leah Williams and Mya Boomsma each scored 17 points to pace Wolsey-Wessington.

Roncalli, 6-0 on the season, has a pair of road contests this week, playing at Faulkton on Tuesday and at Groton on Friday. Both teams have standout players in Isabel Aesoph at Faulkton and Gracie Traphagen at Groton.

“The Aesoph girl is a really good player. We had a battle with her last year. It seems like she always brings her best basketball game,” Larson said. “And Traphagen obviously from Groton is going to be a tough one to matchup with for us, too.”

WOLSEY-WESSINGTON (5-3): Macie Luce 1 2-2 4, Taylor Horn 2 0-0 4, Hailey Clarke 2 4-6 8, Leah Williams 6 4-5 17, Faith Nelson 2 0-0 4, Mya Boomsma 7 0-0 17. Totals 20 10-13 54.

ABERDEEN RONCALLI (6-0): Madelyn Bragg 8 6-9 22, Morgan Fiedler 5 5-8 16, Jeci Ewart 4 0-0 10, Olivia Hanson 6 1-1 13, Ella Hanson 1 2-2 4, Ava Hanson 1 0-0 3. Totals 25 14-20 68.

Wolsey-Wessington 6 14 37 54

Aberdeen Roncalli 16 34 46 68

3-point field goals – Williams, Boomsma 3; Fiedler, Ewart 2, A. Hanson. Fouled out – Luce. Total fouls – Wolsey-Wessington 16; Aberdeen Roncalli 15. Rebounds – Wolsey-Wessington 27 (Clarke 7). Turnovers – Wolsey-Wessington 14. Assists – Wolsey-Wessington 9 (Williams 5).

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