Published Monday, February 17, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:29 am
BASKETBALL
Maxwell girls defeat Medicine Valley in opening round of D1-11

GOTHENBURG — Win or go home. That is the theme of the post-season as the play-in games began on Monday for the lower classes of girls basketball.

Maxwell and Medicine Valley met in Gothenburg for the D1-11 Subdistrict with the winner moving on to take on the No. 1-seed St. Pat’s Lady Irish today at 5:45 p.m.

The Lady Wildcats took an early lead and then set their cruise control as they downed Medicine Valley 48-21.

The Lady Wildcats led 4-2 and then closed out the first quarter with a 6-0 run to lead 13-2 at the quarter break.

Maxwell added to the run in the second quarter by scoring the first eight points, outscoring Medicine Valley 15-0 over a 12-minute span. The Lady Raiders were only able to connect on one free throw the remainder of the first half as Maxwell took a 21-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Anna Crane had 10 of her 14 points during the run.

Crane scored on a fast break, in the paint and at the free throw line. Crane also doled out an assist to Rachel Stubbs on an inbounds play.

The Lady Wildcats defense limited Medicine Valley to two points in the first quarter and a single charity toss in the second.

"We rotated well and played good help-side today," said Maxwell coach Mitchel Armour. "We really tried to pressure the ball."

Offensively the Lady Wildcats had three girls in double figures. Josie Cox led Maxwell with 15 points, Crane had 14 and Stubbs contributed 11 points.

"We had good distribution of the ball," the coach said. "We got into our sets early and were able to get some good looks off the top of the key."

Maxwell continued to open the spread in the second half, taking a 17-7 scoring advantage and a 38-10 lead into the final stanza.

"We really tried to focus on our errors last night [at practice]," Armour said. "We got an early jump on them and were able to keep it rolling from there."

Maxwell will now face the Lady Irish in a semifinal game. St. Pat’s is 19-3 on the season and ranked No. 3 by the Omaha World-Herald in D1.

Armour said his Lady Wildcats will have to be nearly flawless.

"We need to slow them down a little," Armour said. "They’re a great ball club.

"If we can slow them down a little in the half-court set and get into our offense, hopefully we’ll do OK."

Maxwell (11-10) .................................. 13 8 17 10 — 48
Med. Valley (4-16) ............................... 2 1 7 11 — 21

MAXWELL: Rachel Stubbs 11, Anna Crane 14, Bailee Keller 4, Josie Cox 15, Tracy Blake 4.
MEDICINE VALLEY: Bailey Anderson 2, Starla Henderson 4, Shaylee Schroeder 7, Abbie Ellermeier 2, Grayce Jorgensen 3, Natasha Ruppert 3.
3-pointers: Maxwell 0; Medicine Valley 1 — Jorgensen 1.

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