Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:26 am
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Ansley/Litchfield's depth too much for Amherst

ANSLEY — The Ansley/Litchfield girls simply outgunned Amherst Friday night.

Putting 12 girls in the scoring column and out-shooting the Broncos 2-1, the Spartans cruised to a 59-25 victory in the teams’ season opener at Ansley.

Lindsy Siegel led the Spartans with 12 points, all in the first half, while Nicole Wardyn and Shawna Paitz added 10 points apiece.

“We had a lot of rust that probably didn’t show up because of the score but as far as depth goes, we have at least 10 girls who can contribute on a nightly basis,” Ansley/Litchfield coach Travis Olson said. “We do have a lot of talented girls and a lot who can contribute, and they did tonight. I think we got positive play from everyone we put through there tonight.”

The Spartans really put it together in the second quarter, outscoring Amherst 24-3. The Broncos committed 11 turnovers in the second quarter and got off just three shots.

“We started making some adjustments that we needed from the first quarter, and we were pretty active with the group that was in there,” Olson said. “They did a nice job limiting shots, and I thought we did a great job rebounding, too. Just playing half-court and full-court defense, they were pretty sharp tonight.”

Amherst came out and hit the first two baskets of the second half — a 3-pointer by Courtney Martenson and an on-the-line 2-pointer by Sydney Taubenheim. But that was the only back-to-back baskets by the Broncos until the fourth quarter. Martenson and Taubenheim led Amherst with seven points each.

“We are inexperienced at some important positions right now. We’re inexperienced at the post, and we’re inexperienced at the point guard. So we’re going to build from here,” Amherst coach Nikki Eckhout said.

Ansley/Litchfield had two commanding runs in the game, a 24-0 stretch in the first half and a 17-0 run in the third quarter. The Spartans put up 69 shots compared to Amherst’s 32, out-rebounded the Broncos 49-25 and had 11 fewer turnovers.

Siegel and Paitz had eight rebounds for the Spartans and Siegel had five steals.

Taubenheim had six steals for Amherst and Cierra Roubicek was the leading rebounder with four.

”They’re a good team,” Eckout said. “It was not a very fun learning lesson, but it’s alright. ... We will get better.”


Ansley/Litch 59, Amherst 25

AMHERST (0-1)
Madisyn Miller 1-3 0-0 2, Sydney Taubenheim 3-10 1-2 7, Ashley Crites 2-4 0-0 4, Courtney Martensen 3-5 0-0 7, Kacie Jurgens 0-4 1-2 1, Madyssen Murphy 2-3 0-0 4, Jaedyn Bosshamer 0-1 0-2 0, JoHanna Gilbertson 0-1 0-0 0, Heather Bentley 0-0 0-2 0, Stephanie Duennerman 0-1 0-0 0. Total 11-32 2-8 25.

ANSLEY/LITCHFIELD (1-0)
Nicole Wardyn 5-11 0-0 10, Kayla Reynolds 2-3 0-0 4, Shawna Paitz 5-12 0-2 10, Esther Lewis 2-6 1-2 5, Lindsy Siegel 4-16 2-3 12, Courtney Bailey 0-3 0-0 0, Hanna Lane 1-2 0-0 2, Maria Terrazas 1-2 0-0 2, Jesse Shirley 1-2 0-0 2, Tori Ryan 1-1 0-0 2, Chantel Fecht 1-6 1-1 3, Paige Ernst 0-1 1-2 1, Kristi Casper 3-4 0-0 6. Total 26-69 5-10 59.

Score by Quarters
AMHERST 4 3 6 12 — 25
ANSLEY/LITCHFIELD 8 24 17 10 — 59
3-point goals — AHS 1-6 (Martenson 1-3, Taubenheim 0-2, Duennerman 0-1), A/L 2-7 (Siegel 2-5, Wardyn 0-2). Rebounds — AHS 25 (49 (Paitz 8, Siegel 8). Turnovers — AHS 27, A/L 16. Steals — AHS 11 (Taubenheim 6), A/L 25 (Siegel 5).

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