The Sully Buttes Charger girls and boys traveled to Miller for a basketball doubleheader Thursday night, and came away with mixed results.
The Charger girls lost starting guard Kendra Kleven in the first twenty five seconds of the first game to a knee injury, and afterwards just couldn’t sustain enough offensive energy against the Rustler veteran team, and lost the game 43-34. The Chargers were led in scoring by Lauren Wittler, who ended the night with fifteen points, while Jill Hofer added eight points. The taller Miller Rustlers used defensive pressure, and constantly held Sully Buttes to one shot and out on the offensive end, and the Chargers piled up the turnovers, with an unofficial tally of nineteen. Miller was led in scoring by Vonnagail Schlecter, who ended the night with 17 points.
While things went rough for the girls, the Sully Buttes boys rolled to a 71-32 victory against Miller. The Chargers used defensive pressure, balanced scoring, and fast break points to control the game. The continuous clock was enacted in the second half, and the pace of the game was much quicker.
Leading the way offensively for Sully Buttes were juniors Grant Johnson and Nick Wittler—who both ended the night with 22 points apiece. The Chargers defensive pressure was too much for the Rustlers to handle, and Miller ended the night with 18 turnovers, unofficially.
Next up for the 5-3 Charger girls is an early game Saturday morning at the Corn Palace in Mitchell against Hanson, the host team of the Hanson Classic.
The 7-1 Charger boys have a big test along with the girls Tuesday, as they welcome the Timber Lake Panthers to the Onida gym.