ARGOS — Bremen and Argos both entered their Bi-County opener Tuesday on the upswing.
The Lady Dragons had snapped a 10-game drought to Oregon-Davis and moved into the class A rankings at No. 10 this week. Bremen had overcome an 0-4 start with six wins in its last seven outings.
In the end, it was the Lady Lions’ momentum that won out as they handed the host Dragons a 54-38 defeat at Phil Weybright Gymnasium.
Bremen will play the winner of tonight’s postponed contest between Oregon-Davis and New Prairie in the girls semifinals at LaVille Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
“Our girls had gained some confidence,” said second-year Argos head coach Nick Medich. “They understand we have a lot to work on, but they work hard and I think they are enjoying it. Bremen has a good post presence with two players, a good shooter, and a good point guard. It (was) a good match-up for us.”
“We didn’t shoot free throws well in our last game, but overall, this team has been balanced. They are starting to play together well, see the floor better, handle pressure better. The girls have played well enough to be in the conference race at 4-1,” said 22-year Bremen veteran coach Marty Huber.
The Lions jumped out to an early lead, taking advantage of offensive rebounds and shots on the block, while the Dragons were called for two fouls in the first six seconds. Coach Huber’s balanced team saw three players with three or four points and grabbed a seven-point margin at the first break, 13-6.
The hosts cut the lead to one on 3s by Jami Patterson and Carly McCay to open the second quarter, but Bremen’s Sara Slabaugh got her third steal for a lay-up on the night and helped the Lions push the lead back to eight at the half.
A 21-8 third quarter made the difference as Jenna Pfeiffer scored 10 of her game-high 19 points for Bremen. The senior post player had 10 defensive and three offensive rebounds on the night to finish with a double-double.
The Lions had six offensive rebounds — most for put-back buckets — and Pfeiffer and Brooke Baker controlled the blocks on both ends. Slabaugh and Karlee Feldman added nine points each.
“Clearly, the difference was down low,” Huber said. “The kids did a great job of defending low and hit the boards hard. We didn’t shoot that well, but the rebounds made it better. Slabaugh did a nice job of handling the defensive pressure.”
Patterson led Argos with 18 points.
“We just got out played, out hustled and out-coached — that sums it up,” Medich said.
Argos fell to 11-5 on the year, while Bremen moved to 9-7.
The Dragons will play in a consolation game against the loser of tonight’s New Prairie-OD match-up in the auxiliary gym at LaVille Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
In the JV tournament Monday, meanwhile, Bremen beat Argos 29-12 to advance to play New Prairie, which beat OD’s JV by forfeit, in the semifinals tonight at the LaVille auxiliary gym at 6:30 p.m.
• BREMEN 54, ARGOS 38
At Argos (Bi-County 1st round)
Score by quarters:
Argos: 6 15 23 38
Bremen: 13 23 44 54
ARGOS (38): Jami Patterson6 2-5 18, Karlee VanDerWeele 0 1-2 1, Amanda Middleton 0 0-0 0, Libby Moyer 3 0-0 6, Shelby Sanders 0 2-2 2, Carly McCay 1 0-0 3, Kayla Prochno 3 0-0 6, Dani Fishburn 1 0-0 2; Totals: 14 5-9 38
BREMEN (54): Jenessa Morris0 2-4 2, Megan Stouder 0 1-2 1, Jenna Pfeiffer 9 1-9 19, Sara Slabaugh 4 1-2 9, Allison Shorter 2 3-4 7, Brooke Baker 2 1-2 5, Kailee Feldman 3 3-4 9, Shayna Graverson 0 0-2 0, Brooke Snyder0 2-2 2 Totals: 20 14-31 54
3-pointers: Argos 5 (Patterson 4, McCay), Bremen 0; Fouls (fouled out): Argos 22 (Moyer), Bremen 10 (none).
Records: Argos 11-5, Bremen 9-7