Defense powers Wolverines to District tourney blowout of Kingsley-Pierson
March 5, 2020
South O'Brien took full advantage of its opportunity to play at home for the final time this season. The Wolverines used an active and effective defense to claim a 74-30 win over Kingsley-Pierson in a Class 1A District 1 tourney semifinal game played February 25 at Paullina.
The host team jumped out to an 18-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. "We started the game very strong with good defensive pressure in both the half and full court that turned them over and led to offense for us," noted South O'Brien head coach Kiley Yates. "They are a solid team and we took them out of their game."
The margin ballooned to 41 points after three quarters. "We continued to play very well on both ends in the second and third quarters as we added to our lead," Yates commented. "It was a good solid win as we advanced along the tournament trail."
The Wolverines shot 52 percent from the field (30-of-58) while limiting Kingsley-Pierson to 30 percent (11-of-37). South O'Brien was efficient from three-point range with six makes in 14 attempts. The Panthers were 4-of-16 from beyond the arc and 4-of-9 at the charity stripe. The Wolverines sank 8 of 15 free throws.
South O'Brien turned the Panthers over 18 times. The 14 Wolverine steals included three each from Jackson Louscher and Tristan Wilson. Jake Wallin and Zeke Lundquist each blocked a shot. The victors enjoyed a 33-17 advantage on the boards. Leading the way were Louscher with seven rebounds and Alex Presthus with six.
Leading scorers for South O'Brien were Louscher with 23 points and Presthus with 13. Ludquist added eight points, Wilson seven, Josh Johannsen and Wallin five apiece, Caden Hale and Freddy Stevens four each, Case Moermond and Sean Negus two apiece and Dain Moermond one. Johannsen delivered three assists.
K-P 5 7 9 9 - 30
S. O'Brien 18 19 25 12 - 74