Culver squads advance past Bremen

BREMEN — Culver’s girls and boys basketball teams advanced to the semifinals of the Teachers Credit Union Bi-County Basketball Tour-nament with victories over host Bremen Tuesday night.
The Culver girls fought off a late Bremen rally in notching a 40-37 win, while the boys finished with a nine-point run for a 47-35 triumph.
Class 2A, No. 8 Lady Cavs 40, Lady Lions 37
Nicole Carnegie and Patrice McBee each had 14 points to lead Culver’s girls, as the Class 2A No. 8 Cavaliers improved to 14-1 on the season. Culver will face Argos — which advanced with a win Tuesday over John Glenn — Thursday at LaVille.
“In tournaments you have to be mentally tough, and I thought we were tonight,” Culver head girls basketball coach Tony Scheub said. “They could’ve packed it in when things weren’t going their way, but they fought through it and we got the stops when we needed to.”
Kailee Feldman had a game-high 19 points for Bremen (6-9), but only three other Lions scored as 23 turnovers limited quality shots.
“It was a good game defensively, but not offensively,” Bremen head coach Marty Huber said. “We had 14 turnovers in the first half, and one person had eight of them. We can’t have that playing a team like Culver.”
Carnegie and McBee teamed up for 16 points in the first half as Culver took a 24-17 lead to halftime. Bremen charged back with a 12-2 run in the third quarter to take a 29-26 lead, and the teams went to the final period tied at 29-29.
After Culver took back the lead, a three-point play by Bremen’s Jenna Pfeiffer cut the Cavaliers’ advantage to 38-37 with two minutes left. Bremen had a chance to win it in the final 30 seconds, but a steal and basket by Whitney Sanders clinched the win for Culver.
“Bremen is a good team and they’re well coached, and we have to understand that we can’t take any team lightly,” said Scheub, whose team beat Bremen by 16 points back on Dec. 4. “We came out a little flat and I take responsibility for that.”
• CULVER 40,
At Bremen
Score by quarters
Culver: 9 15 5 11 — 40
Bremen: 8 9 12 8 — 37
CULVER (40): Nicole Carnegie 14, Patrice McBee 14, Whitney Sanders 7, Alison Zehner 0, Kayla Shaffer 0, Gwen Zehner 5.
BREMEN (37): Jenessa Morris 0, Brittney Pittman 8, Jenna Pfeiffer 7, Lerin Studt 3, Brooke Baker 0, Kailee Feldman 19, Hope Jordan 0.
Records: Culver 14-1, Bremen 6-9.
Cavaliers 47, Lions 35
In the boys matchup, Culver’s Zoe Bauer had a game-high 22 points, with 16 coming in the second half. Bauer’s father played on the only Culver team to win the Bi-County Tournament (1976), and the senior’s play seemed inspired in pushing his team to the next round.
“I was very proud of Zoe’s effort,” said Culver boys coach Kyle Elliott, whose squad moved to 7-3 on the season. “We just had two tough opponents in North Judson and Triton, and we had a talk with Zoe about not trying to force things and do too much. He did a nice job sharing the ball and involving his teammates, and when he plays at this level, we’re a lot better basketball team.”
An 11-0 Culver run in the second quarter put Bremen (1-10) in an 18-9 halftime hole.
“We did have a good start the other night against LaVille, and we’re tinkering to find a way to get a good 32 minutes,” Bremen boys coach Kyle Hanyzewski said. “That’s going to be the theme until we can put a full game together, and I think it’ll be pretty special when we do. The effort’s always there. A lot of teams would’ve quit by now, and this team will not.”
A basket by Micah Budzinski gave Culver a 22-12 lead early in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Jacob Box capped an 8-2 Bremen run to make it 24-20, and Culver led 27-22 going into the fourth quarter.
Bremen couldn’t contain Bauer down the stretch, as he had 14 points in the final period, including the final seven of the game.
Budzinski finished with 12 points for Culver, while Box led Bremen with 11.
Culver will meet John Glenn Friday at LaVille, with a coveted spot in the tourney title game on the line.
“We break our season down, and this Bi-County Tournament is big to us,” Elliott said. “In 46 years we’ve only been in the championship game five times, and won it once. Earning the right to play for the championship would be huge. That’s going to be a tough task and we’ll have our hands full.”
• CULVER 47,
At Bremen
Score by quarters
Culver: 5 13 9 20 — 47
Bremen: 4 5 13 13 — 35
CULVER (47): Scotty Brown 1, Collin Stevens 7, Zoe Bauer 22, Trent Elliott 2, Patrick McBee 0, Micah Budzinski 12, Larry Clingler 3.
BREMEN (35): Ben Hueni 3, Ty Holmes 0, Jesse Glingle 0, Ethan Pike 5, Jacob Box 11, Josh Brenneman 4, J.J. Schafer 2, Austin Huff 4, Michael Ricketts 2, Mitch Huppert 4.
Records: Culver 7-3, Bremen 1-10.