Riding a 62-game winning streak, Bishop Miege found themselves in a close contest midway through the third quarter with Blue Valley Northwest.
The Huskies scored the first five points of the half to tie the game, but Miege forced 10 turnovers in the quarter and scored the next seven points to take control in the Stags’s 60-41 victory on Tuesday night.
Senior Hunter Bentley led the way for Bishop Miege with 23 points, including a last-second steal and layup to end the third quarter, which pushed the lead to 11.
“We had to pick up the defensive intensity, especially in the half court,” Bentley said. “They were getting a lot of easy buckets and we weren’t communicating very well. We had to pick up the defense and that gave us easy shots on offense.”
The Stags extended the pressure to a full-court press, which sped Blue Valley Northwest up. Bentley said the game is a lot easier when there are a lot of unforced turnovers.
The gym was almost 75 percent full for the girls game with fans from both teams. Bentley said it’s awesome to have so many fans come out and support the team.
“Even when it’s just girls and it isn’t a double-header, there’s still a lot of people here,” Bentley said.
BV Northwest senior Raegan Phillips added it’s a blast to play in a setting like that.
“These are my favorite games of the year, easily,” Phillips said. “I love playing with fans. It brings up the energy for everyone because even when we run out of gas, we want to keep going.”
Phillips, who scored a team-high 10 points, said the team isn’t as conditioned as they should be and it’s a reason for not being able to keep pace late in the game.
BV Northwest has played Miege close the past few years, but Phillips said they’ve let the game get away from them late. However, the Huskies are excited for the rematch on Feb. 6.
They will also be a full-strength next time around as BV West transfers Becky Delgado and Sarah Martin are eligible .
“They’re gelling well,” Phillips said. “In practice we all move the ball well and we work together well. It will be fun to see what happens when they come in the game.”
Sophomores Jordynn and Johnni Gonzalez each scored 13 for Bishop Miege. For BV Northwest Abby Bird scored nine, while Taylor Victorine and Evan Bail added seven and six, respectively.