Abilene basketball sweeps Chapman
The girls’ game started out close with the Lady Irish knocking down a 3-pointer just 2:14 into the game, giving Chapman a 3-2 lead.
The opening quarter was a back and forth affair between the two county rivals as the two teams traded the lead six times before Abilene put together a 6-0 run late in the opening period helping the Cowgirls take a 12-9 lead into the second quarter.
Chapman scored the first four points of the second quarter to retake a 13-12 lead but Abilene put together an 11-2 run and never looked back.
"I think it was a game where our guards worked really hard and we realized that if we could get the ball into our post players we would dominate," Abilene coach Janelle Geist said. "We just got the ball in, pounded the ball in, we just passed the ball really well and played really good team basketball."
The Cowgirls, who outscored Chapman in all four quarters, sealed up the victory by outscoring the Lady Irish 30-15 in the second half.
Abilene was led in scoring by Belle Barbeiri’s 16 points while Kiley Crider added 14 and Nicole Taylor pitched in 13 for the Cowgirls. Chapman was led by Jessie Heiman’s 9 points.
The boys’ game, however, was controlled by Abilene from basically the opening tip as the Cowboys built a 17-5 lead after the first quarter, 33-9 by intermission and 55-23 lead after three quarters.
The 32-point lead entering the fourth quarter instituted the KSHSAA 30-point mercy rule for the final quarter, which Abilene outscored Chapman 10-4 for the final 38-point victory.
"I think you saw a team that came out and was a little bit upset about our loss last Friday," Abilene coach Terry Taylor said referring to Abilene’s 62-61 loss to Concordia last Friday which was Abilene’s only loss this season thus far. "They were on their home court and playing their rivalry team in Chapman. We gave a good effort tonight. We worked hard. We didn’t play perfect. But we got on the floor for loose balls we tipped a lot of balls. I was just pleased with our effort. That is what I told our kids before the game was we just wanted a good effort tonight. … It was a fun night for our kids."
Abilene was led in scoring by Andy Wilson’s 15 points while Kaynan Anderson added 13 for the Cowboys. Chapman was led in scoring by Zach Heiman, who finished with 12 points.
Chapman is now off until after the winter break while Abilene plays host to Buhler this Friday night.