Jon Winter | The Miller Press
DREW BEILKE shoots for three over two Sully Buttes defenders in doubleheader action Thursday night. Beilke scored two points in the Rustlers’ victory.
Jon Winter | The Miller Press
ANNIE FULTON looks for a shot over Sully Buttes defenders in double header action on Thursday, Jan. 10. Fulton scored two points in the loss to the Chargers.
The Miller Rustlers basketball teams split a double-header with the Sully Buttes Chargers in Miller on Thursday, Dec. 10.
The girls opened up varsity action, with the Chargers taking the victory by a final score of 56-36. The Rustlers struggled early, falling behind by a score of 14-4 after the first quarter. They were able to gain some offensive momentum in the second quarter, scoring 14 points in the quarter but they continued to struggle defensively, giving up 15 points in the quarter to trail at halftime by a score of 29-18. The Rustlers were unable to gain any momentum in the third period, giving up 17 points while they were only able to score 11 points in the quarter. The Rustlers tightened their defense in the fourth quarter, giving up 10 points but they continued to struggle offensively, scoring just seven points in the final quarter making the final score 56-36. The Rustlers struggled with turnovers with 20, while forcing the Chargers into 14 of their own.
The Rustlers were led in scoring by two players with double figures, with Jamie Mentzer and Kristen Peterka scoring 11 points each. Jansen Hunter netted seven points for the Rustlers, with Denae Schlechter adding four points. Kristi Steptoe and Rilea Mielke added two points and one point respectively off the bench. The leading rebounders for the Rustlers were Peterka and Schlechter with five rebounds each.
The Chargers were led by Remi Wientjes with 15 points off of the bench and Karly Stahl with 13 points.
The Rustlers’ junior varsity girls’ team also suffered the defeat at the hands of the Chargers by a score of 30-12. Kallie Ruhnke, Shaly Werdel and Tia Pawlowski each scored four points for the Rustlers.
The Rustlers fared better in the boys’ contest, as they defeated the Chargers by a score of 64-52. The Rustlers came out of the gates strong in the first quarter taking the lead 14-9. They extended their lead to 10 at halftime with a strong 13-point quarter while allowing just eight points, to take the score to 27-17 at halftime. The Rustlers were able to sustain their strong performance after halftime, and extended their lead to 46-30 after the third quarter. The lead helped the Rustlers weather a 22-point offensive surge by the Chargers in the fourth quarter with the Rustlers holding on for the 64-52 victory.
The Rustlers were led in scoring and rebounds by Lee Sivertsen with 22 points and nine rebounds. He also contributed defensively with two steals. Preston Blackwell was the other Rustler to score in double figures with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and four steals. Haydn Herman netted eight points with three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Brendan Letsche added five points, four rebounds and an assist. Drew Beilke added two points. four rebounds, two steals and an assist. Beau Keeter netted eight points with three rebounds with Kris Wharton adding two points, a rebound and an assist. Mason Chapin added an assist with Cody Breland adding a block defensively.
The Rustlers were also victorious in the junior varsity boys’ contest by a score of 31-19.