Girls basketball season tips off

By Tim Huether

Bennett County and Todd County squared off in Mission Tuesday evening for the girls basketball season opener for both squads and the home team Falcons escaped with a 55-43 win.

In a game that started out with more turnovers than points, Bennett County jumped to a 7-1 lead with Sophomore Autumn Kamerzell scoring the games first five points on a field goal and a three pointer. Megan Slattery added a short jumper to make it a 7-1 game.

Todd  County stormed back with a 7-0 run to go up 8-7 before Taylor Kratovil tied it with a free throw to end the first quarter tied at eight.

Todd County turned Warrior turnovers into points to start the second as they went up 16-10.

Bennett County shook off the turnover bug for a while and went on a 7-0 run with Kamerzell burying a three pointer, three points from Lexie Amiotte and a free throw from Taryn Lessert.

Todd County Freshman Stevie Lone Dog came off the bench and played well, scoring five points down the stretch of the second quarter to help the Lady Falcons post a 25-20 lead at the break.

Todd County made three consecutive three pointers, all from different players, to take a 36-24 lead with four minutes to go in the third, but Bennett County played their best ball of the game from there on to finish the third down just one, 38-37.

The Lady Warriors out-scored the Lady Falcons 13-2 in that strength with five big points from center Taylor Kratovil, four from Lexie Amiotte and a three pointer at the buzzer by Megan Slattery.

Bennett County trailed 42-39 early in the fourth, but struggled to score and the Falcons shot 10 free throws, making six, to pull away as they out-scored the visiting Warriors 13-4 at the end of the game for the 55-43 win.

As expected in most season opening games, the play was a bit sloppy by both teams and the Lady Warriors shot just 8 for 22 from the free throw line. Todd County was 14 of 22 from the line.

Bennett County lost the JV game 29-18.

The next game is Thursday, Dec. 6 at home against St. Francis.

Taylor Kratovil led the Lady Warriors with 11 points. Autumn Kamerzell and Megan Slattery added 10, Lexie Amiotte 9 and Taryn Lessert 3.

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