Sporting a stellar 20-2 record, the Sidney girls were out to prove their season win total wasn’t an aberration against their toughest opponent yet in a 2-A Region 8 semifinal.
But Class 2-A No. 3 Treynor may have had the Cowgirls thinking otherwise after the Cardinals took them down in convincing fashion with a 55-28 rout at Glenwood high school.
Northwest Missouri State recruit Kayla Chapman led Treynor with 17 points and Konnor Sudmann added 11.
The Cardinal defense suffocated Sidney most of the night with its full-court press, forcing 17 turnovers in the first half and 22 for the game to help Treynor qualify for the Region final Monday.
Early on, it looked like the Cowgirls might be able to hang with the Cardinals with the game tied at 4-4 after three minutes.
That didn’t surprise Treynor coach Joe Chapman, and he called a timeout at that point to set his team straight.
“I told the girls in the locker room before we even started the game, ‘Look. Here’s what’s going to happen. There’s going to be a lot of energy on both sides.
“ ‘We’ve got to take their first punch, and then we’ve got to fight back.’ And that’s exactly what happened. I was very proud of our girls to fight back after that first little bit of uncertainty,” he added.
The Cardinals finished the first quarter on an 11-0 run to lead 15-4, thanks in part to seven Cowgirl turnovers in the period.
The Sidney miscues continued into the second quarter as Treynor forced 10 more turnovers to help build a 32-10 halftime advantage.
Anna Halverson scored 12 points to lead Sidney, but Maddy Duncan, the Cowgirls’ highest scorer at 19.2 points per game, was limited to just eight points in the game.
Sidney coach Amy McClintock said she thought her team panicked on offense a few minutes into the game when the Cardinals started to clamp down defensively.
“Offensively we just were out of sorts and not doing what we needed to do. Taking care of the basketball — that was the big thing.
“I think the girls finally just calmed down and relaxed and played in the second half, and by then the lead was too big,” McClintock said.
Kayla Chapman said the game plan for Sidney didn’t deviate from what the Cardinals, who improved to 22-1, has done all season.
“We’re a defensive team. That’s what our motto pretty much is. We like to be up on every girl we can and force a lot of turnovers,” Chapman said.
Coach Chapman made no excuses for continuing to press in the second half with a large lead.
“When you get to this round and you’re trying to work on things and get to the next round, there’s a lot of things going through your head to prepare.
“There are several things we didn’t do very well, and we’ll get that corrected,” he said.
Sidney (20-3)………….4 6 11 7—28
At Treynor (22-1)…..15 17 14 9—55
S: Presley Brumbaugh 2, Caitlyn Ward 12, Camryn McClintock 6, Maddy Duncan 8.
T: Tori Castle 8, Mandy Stogdill 7, Konnor Sudmann 11, Sydney Carman 4, Kayla Chapman 17, Sydni Huisman 8.