CCS boys improve to 8-2
An impromptu weekend tourney opportunity fell into the Cambridge Christian girls basketball’s laps, and the Warriors took advantage by taking the St. Francis Christian Tourney title with three victories.
The Warriors opened with a 53-29 win over Owatana Christian on Saturday, then they rallied on CAL rival Christian Life for a 78-62 semifinal win. In the championship, the girls worked past Heritage Christian of Karlstad 53-48.
“It was a great weekend! We really had to play well in all three games since it was the best competition we have seen all year,” said CCS Coach Brian Bergman. “There were several things that really impressed me. The biggest thing is the way we were able to wear the other teams down in the second half and take the lead. That is in large part to the play of our bench. We were able to substitute, keep girls rested, and not lose any intensity at the same time. That was huge.”
Coach Bergman continued, “I also really liked our defensive intensity. That is one of the areas I am focusing on the most this year, and they really showed it in all three games. Also the girls really played together as a team. Everyone really contributed, the scoring was spread out, as were the rest of the stats.”
Kellie Pedersen and Shelby Doble were named to the All-Tournament team, with Pedersen being the MVP. Pedersen led the Warriors with 20 points in the win over the CL Hawks, and she scored 9 in the Owatana game. Doble’s top scoring output was 12 points against Owatana.
In the finals, Ellie Werlein paced CCS with 29 points, with Seble Doble scoring 10. Werlein also scored 14 against CL, and Mikayla Lecceardone added 8 points against both CL and Owatana.
CCS Girls 61, Foreston 31
The Warriors (12-1 overall) continued their winning ways with a CAL road victory Jan. 10 at Faith Foreston. Pesky pressure defense kept the Saints from scoring the first 4:30 of the second half as the Warriors opened up a 20-point lead. Top scorers for CCS were Werlein (17), Caitlin Walburg (10), Shelby Doble (10), Seble Doble (8), and Lecceardone (8).
CCS Boys 57, Foreston 30
The Warrior boys improved to 2-0 in the CAL and 9-2 overall with a solid defensive effort against the host Saints Jan. 10. Peter Maring worked for 34 points in the win, including scoring six straight after Faith Foreston got to within 12-11 midway through the first half.
Josiah Scheumann delivered 11 points, and Justin Roble finished with 5 assists with several deft passes on the move. Scheumann helped anchor the CCS defense inside with his rebounding and shot-blocking efforts.
• On Jan. 5, the Warriors slipped past visiting South Metro 68-65. Maring led the way again with 24 points, with Jake Bergman scoring 19 and Justin Roble 17.