SIOUX CITY | Abby Wisecup gave Sergeant Bluff-Luton a spark early and the Warriors went on to hand Bishop Heelan a 60-53 girls basketball setback Tuesday at the Heelan Gym.
Wisecup scored 12 of her game-high 21 points in the first quarter, staking the Warriors to an 18-7 lead. SB-L, 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Missouri River Activities Conference, then had to fend off a Heelan rally in the second half.
Heelan (2-1, 2-1) trimmed a 41-31 halftime deficit to eight points at the end of the third quarter and a 9-0 run late in the fourth quarter gave the Crusaders their only lead, 53-52, on a 3-pointer from the top of the key by Maycen Schueth.
The Warriors answered by scoring the final eight points of the game in the last 1 minute, 43 seconds. Kenzie Foley had a big putback and free throw shot with 32 seconds remaining, making it 57-53.
“I'm really proud of our girls,” SB-L Coach Miranda Riediger said. “It's hard to simulate that kind of defense in practice and I thought they did a good job of handling themselves.”
Foley finished with 15 points and Kylee Christensen 10 for the Warriors.
Katelyn Stanley scored 11 points and Ella Skinner 10 for Heelan.
“We just got off to a bad start, got down 12-2 in the first two minutes and you just can't do that against a good team,” Heelan Coach Darron Koolstra said. “We didn't execute like we did last Saturday and they took away our transition game.”