VERSAILLES – The Versailles Lady Tigers took advantage of 42 second half points to defeat the visiting New Bremen Lady Cardinals 69-55 in comeback fashion after trailing 33-27 at the break and stay perfect in the Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC) with a 4-0 record.
“Very big win,” said Versailles coach Jacki Stonebraker. “I’m glad to stay 4-0 (MAC), but our main concern right now is working on this offense and defense that we saw tonight.”
Kelsey Custenborder scored 10 first quarter points including a pair of 3-pointers to lead the Lady Tigers to a 17-15 advantage after one period of play.
Period No. 2 went to New Bremen by an 18-10 score with Custenborder leading Versailles with four points including 14 of the team’s first 21 points before the teams headed to the break with the visitors up by six.
“Kelsey did a really nice job getting us started,” Stonebraker noted.
The Versailles girls battled back in second half play to outscore the Lady Cardinals by identical scores, 21-11 in both periods three and four to win by a 14 point margin.
Danielle Kunk led the Lady Tigers with 15 second half points including four triples to go along with a first half 3-pointer giving the junior guard five threes on the night. In all, the Lady Tigers drained a total of 11 3-pointers while going 8-11 at the free throw line.
“That was great ball movement,” Coach Stonebraker said of the team’s success beyond the arc. “We shared it really well. We stopped dribbling so much in the second half as we did the first half – tried to keep the tempo of the game without losing our defense too much.”
Versailles outrebounded New Bremen by no less than 10 boards on the night to go along with strong second half defensive play.
“A ton of offensive rebounds, a couple in the same possession,” Stonebraker said. “Didn’t always go the right way for us, didn’t always score but I thought the rebounding effort was great tonight.”
Danielle Kunk led the Lady Tigers with 18 points. Kelsey Custenborder scored 16 points.
VERSAILLES 69, NEW BREMEN 55
VERSAILLES – D. Kunk 18, K. Custenborder 16, L. Winner 14, C. McEldowney 13, E. Ording 4, C. Luthman 4 – TOTALS 14 8-11 11 69
NEW BREMEN – K. Naylor 18, K. Bergman 12, M. Cordonnier 10, E. Roetgerman 4, H. Tenkman 4, A. Thieman 4, K. Howell 2, E. Smith 1 – TOTALS 16 8-16 5 55
Versailles 11 (D. Kunk 5, C. McEldowney 3, K. Custenborder 2, C. Luthman 1)
New Bremen 5 (K. Naylor 3, A. Thieman 1, M. Cordonnier 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
17-10-21-21 69 Versailles
15-18-11-11 55 New Bremen
PHOTO CAPTION: Danielle Kunk drains one of her five 3-pointers to lead Versailles with a game high 18-points in MAC win over New Bremen. (Gaylen Blosser photo)