11/28 @ Liberty 7th W 41-20; 1-0 8th W 33-16; 1-0
The Plains Lady Firebirds 7th grade team started its season off with an impressive road victory over district rival Liberty last night. The final score was 41-20. Chance Gray led the Firebirds with 14 points, while Kylee Simmons chipped in 9 and Beri Ngwa scored 6. The Firebirds took an 11-point lead into halftime and would extend that margin to as many as 25 points in the 4th quarter. The girls look to improve their record to 2-0 tonight against Mason White.
The last time our Plains 8th grade girls basketball team played Liberty it was for the 7th Grade GMC Championship back in February. Points were at a premium in the 1st half as our girls took a 12 to 6 advantage heading into halftime. After a quick pep talk, they hustled out and took control early in the 2nd half outscoring the Thunderhawks 20 to 10 and securing their season opener by defeating Liberty for the 3rd time in two seasons by a score of 33 – 16. Kailyn Dudukovich lead all scorers with 19 points followed by Abby Oehler with 4 points, Taylor Webber with 3 points, Leah Abribat with 2 points, Bella Hagan with 2 points, and Amanda Miller with 2 points.
Both girls teams will get right back at it tonight as they host the Mason Comets in their home opener. The 7th grade game will begin at 4:30 followed by the 8th grade game at 5:45pm.
11/29 Mason White 7th W 48-8; 2-0 8th W 37-24; 2-0
The Lakota Plains 7th Grade Lady Firebirds improved their record to 2-0 with a convincing 48-8 victory over Mason White. The Firebirds never trailed in this one and held the Comets to three points or less in every quarter. Chance Gray led a balanced attack with 16 points. Keena Benzinger and Kendall Forren each scored 7, Kylee Simmons had 6, and Lora Broz, Riley Troth, and Bella Gallo chipped in with 4 points apiece. The ladies will attempt to improve to 3-0 on Tuesday at home against Fairfield Red.
The Plains 8th grade Lady Firebirds needed a full 4 quarter effort to turn back a physically pesky Mason team to maintain their unblemished record. A 26-12 advantage would improve only slightly as the girls grabbed the win by a score of 37 to 24. Kailyn Dudukovich lead all scorers with 14 points followed closely by Maddie Prohaska with a season high 10 points. Sydney Jones and Leah Abribat would each score 4 points, Amanda Miller added 3 points, while Savanah Conlin added 2 points.
Coach Mueller, Coach Gleim, and all the girls players would like to thank their teachers, friends and cheerleaders for attending last nights’ game and giving us a true home court advantage. Both girls teams will be off the rest of this week in anticipation of hosting Fairfield Red on Tuesday December 6th.
12/6 Fairfield Red 7th W 61-7; 3-0 8th W 50-19; 3-0
The 7th Grade Girls basketball team pushed their record to 3-0 yesterday with a decisive 61-7 win over Fairfield yesterday. The Lady Firebirds led 40-7 after the 2nd quarter and did not allow a single point in the 2nd half. Chance Gray led a very balanced attack with 17 points and Kylee Simmons had 15. It was a great all-around effort from all 12 ladies.
The Plains 8th grade team exploded out of the gates last night with a powerful first quarter which resulted in a 20 to 1 lead after only 6 minutes of play. 11 of the 12 girls who saw action last night would contribute to the win whick improved their record to 3-0 on the season as they downed the Indians 50 to 19. Kailyn Dudukovich would lead all scorers with a season high 24 points. Sydney Jones scored 6 points, Abby Oehler with 4 points while Savannah Conlin, Lauryn Nutt, Taylor Webber, Bella Hagan, Leah Abribat, Kylie Kennedy, Amanda Miller, & Emma Epphinghoff each added 2 points.
Both girls teams will look to improve to 4-0 on the season tomorrow night as they travel to Lakota West High School to play in our annual Best in the West Showdown with Lakota Ridge. 7th grade game will start at 5pm followed by the 8th grade game at 6:15pm. Hope to see you all there
12/8 @ Ridge (Lakota West) 7th L 33-27; 3-1 8th W 48-25; 4-0
The 7th grade girls basketball team lost a hard-fought battle to Ridge last night, 33 to 27. It was a back and forth game that was tied late in the 4th quarter before Ridge pulled ahead. Kylee Simmons led Plains with 10 points, followed by Chance Gray with 8, Keena Benzinger with 6, and Lora Broz with 3.
The 8th grade Lady Firebirds got out to an early lead and never looked back defeating their cross-township rivals 48 to 25 and remain unbeaten on the season at 4-0. Nine different girls would score in this game lead by Kailyn Dudukovich who lead all scorers with a new season high 26 points followed by Bella Hagan with 6 points. Kylie Kennedy with 4 points, Maddie Prohaska with 3 points, Taylor Webber, Amanda Miller, Jessica Rush, and Emma Eppinghoff each added 2 points, while Sydney Jones wrapped up the scoring with 1 point.
The girls will take a little break from competition before they travel over to the west side to take on the Colerain Cardinals next Thursday.
12/15 @ Colerain 7th W 37-17; 4-1 8th W 50-8; 5-0
The 7th grade girls basketball team upped their record to 4 wins against just 1 loss as they defeated a solid Colerain team 37-17. The Lady Firebirds won every quarter, including a decisive 15 to 6 3rd quarter which effectively put the game out of reach. Kylee Simmons led the Firebirds with 11 points. Lora Broz had 8 while Chance Gray and Beri Ngwa each contributed 6 points to the winning effort.
The 8th grade Lady Firebirds would take control of their contest early and often taking a 15 to 4 lead by the end of 1st quarter. Our defense would prove to be too much for the Cardinals as we held them scoreless in the 2nd quarter while extending our lead by 12 points heading into halftime. Colerain could only manage an additional 4 points in the 2nd half as our Plains girls team extended their win streak to 25 wins with a 50 to 8 road victory. All 12 girls would score in this game lead by Leah Abribat with 9 points followed closely by Sydney Jones & Maddie Prohaska each with 8 points. Other scorers were Bella Hagan with 5 points, Lauryn Nutt with 4 points, Jessica Rush & Emma Eppinghoff each with 3 points, while Savannah Conlin, Taylor Webber, Kylie Kennedy, Abby Oehler & Amanda Miller all scored 2 points.
Coach Mueller, Coach Gleim, and the entire girls basketball program would like to say one final thank you and good luck to Savannah Conlin who played her final game in a Firebird uniform last night. We wish her all the best and we will miss you.
The girls teams are off for the holidays and will return to game action on Tuesday, January 3rd when they will travel to Wilson to take on the Knights.
1/3 @ Wilson 7th W 47-34; 5-1 8th W 50-19; 6-0
The Lakota Plains Lady Firebirds kicked off the new year with two solid victories last night as they travelled to Hamilton to take on the Wilson Knights.
The Plains 7th Grade Lady Firebirds upped their record to 5-1 on Tuesday evening with a 47-34 victory over a tough Wilson team. Chance Gray caught fire in the second half, scoring 15 of her game and season-high 26 points which was highlighted by 6 three pointers. Kylee Simmons chipped in 7, Bella Gallo had 4, Morgan Wehby had 3, Liz Key, Lora Broz, and Brynae Dangerfield each had 2, and Keena Benzinger tossed in one point.
The Plains 8th grade Lady Firebirds jumped out to a very quick lead using a stifling full court press to stymie the Knights into several turnovers and holding them scoreless in the first quarter. The rest of the game would look very much the same as our Firebirds would maintain their two-year unbeaten record and cruise to their first win of the new year by a score of 50 to 19. Kailyn Dudukovich would lead all scorers with 20 points followed by Maddie Prohaska with 11 points, Sydney Jones with 7 points, Bella Hagan with 4 points, Leah Abribat & Amanda Miller with 3 points, and Emma Eppinghoff with 2 points.
The girls are back at home tomorrow night when they will host the Delhi Eagles.
1/7 @ Walnut Hills (tourney) 7th W 43-34; 6-1 8th DNP
A non-eventful win with Riley Troth having a standout performance.
1/10 Sycamore Gold 7th L 24-21 ; 6-2 8th W 39-21; 7-0
The Lakota Plains 7th Grade Lady Firebirds dropped a heartbreaker to Sycamore last night. Despite a valiant effort in the 4th quarter the Aviators were able to hold us off and take away a 4-point victory.
The Plains 8th grade Lady Firebirds got off to a slow start but quickly gained control of the game outscoring our guests nine points and taking a 20-11 advantage into halftime. The 2nd half would prove to be more of the same as they cruised to their 7th win of the season and maintained their perfect record at 7-0 beating Sycamore by a score of 39 to 21. Kailyn Dudukovich would lead all scorers with 24 points followed by Sydney Jones with 8 points, Leah Abribat with 3 points, while Bella Hagan and Emma Eppinghoff each scored 2 points.
1/16 @ Classic in the Country (Berlin Hiland) 8th Only L 7-1
1/18 @ Rapid Run 7th W 47-10 ; 7-2 8th L 31-28; 7-2
The Plains 7th grade girls basketball team coasted to a 47-10 victory last night over Rapid Run. The lady firebirds never trailed in this one as they took a 28-2 lead into halftime. Kylee Simmons scored 19 points, Chance Gray added 10 points and seven other players scored to help the winning cause.
The Plains 8th grade Lady Firebirds suffered their first defeat in over 2 years last night in overtime by a score of 31 to 28. While the defensive effort was solid the girls struggled to make shots down the stretch as they would watch the Lady Rams secure the victory from the free throw line. Eight different players would score in this contest lead by Maddie Prohaska and Leah Abribat each with 7 points. Kylee Simmons scored 4 points, Abby Oehler added 3 points, Bella Hagan, Kylie Kennedy, and Amanda Miller each scored 2 points while Chance Gray had 1 point.
1/19 Garfield @ Plains 7th W 50-6 ; 8-2 8th W 52-14; 8-2
The Plains 7th grade girls basketball team dominated the Garfield Griffins last night outscoring their opponent by double digits in each quarter on their way to an easy 50 to 6 victory. Nine different lady Firebirds scored in this contest.
The Plains 8th grade Lady Firebirds would right the ship last night as they too dominated the Griffins from start top finish on their way to an easy 52 to 14 win. Every girl would score in this game lead by Leah Abribat with a game and season high 12 points followed by Amanda Miller with 10 points, Bella Hagan with 8 points, Kylie Kennedy with 6 points, Abby Oehler & Emma Eppinghoff each with 4 points, while Lauryn Nutt, Taylor Webber, Jessica Rush, and Maddie Prohaska each contributed 2 points.
The girls will be back in action this weekend as they host the Princeton Vikings as part of a quadruple-header with the boys teams tomorrow. 7th grade game starts at 9am followed by the 8th grade game at 10:30am
1/21 Princeton 7th L 8-3 8th L 8-3
1/23 Hopewell 7th W 9-3 8th W 9-3
The 7th Grade girls basketball team moved their record to 9-3 with a 35-13 victory last night over district rival Hopewell. The Lady Firebirds won every quarter, but it was a 15 to 2 third quarter that ultimately put the game out of reach. Beri Ngwa led a very balanced attack with 8 points as 9 girls scored at least two points.
The Plains 8th grade Lady Firebirds regrouped from a tough week last week and busted out of the gates in a big way last night scoring 19 points in the first quarter and taking a commanding 13-point lead. This advantage would only increase over the remaining three quarters resulting in a 47 to 24 win. Seven different players would score in this game lead by Kailyn Dudukovich with a game high 16 points followed by Sydney Jones with 8 points, Kylie Kennedy with 7 points, Leah Abribat & Maddie Prohaska each with 6 points, while Bella Hagan & Abby Oehler each chipped in with 2 points.
1/25 @ Middletown 7th W 10-3 8th W 10-3
The 7th Grade girls basketball team grinded out a victory over Middletown, last night winning by a score of 40 to 21. The Lady Firebirds’ trend of balanced scoring continued in this contest as eight players scored, led by Kylee Simmons with 9 points and Lora Broz with 8. Bella Gallo and Liz Key each added 6 points, Riley Troth had 5 points, while Keena Benzinger, Morgan Wehby, and Beri Ngwa each scored 2. .
The Plains 8th grade Lady Firebirds would once again pounce on their opponent early as they pressured the Middies into an abundance of turnovers and missed shots which lead to quick points and a 17 to 3 advantage after only 6 minutes of play. After playing an even 2nd quarter they would outscore the Middies by 9 and five in the final two quarter on their way to a 47 to 18 win. Nine Firebirds would score in this game lead by Kailyn Dudukovich with 16 points, Sydney Jones with a season high 12 points, Leah Abribat with 5 points, Maddie Prohaska & Emma Eppinghoff with 3 points apiece while Taylor Webber, Bella Hagan, Abby Oehler & Jessica Rush each added 2 points.
With both teams improving their overall records to 10 wins against 3 losses, the ladies will now have a four-day layoff before getting back to work on Monday to prepare for their final week of the regular season and the much anticipated GMC tournament. We want to invite all our fans to mark their calendars for next Wednesday February 1st which will be the girls final home game and our annual 8th grade night celebrating the commitment of our 8th grade girls basketball players and cheerleaders. Please plan to come out and show your support for these amazing young ladies.
2/1 Mason Green 7th W 11-3; 8th W 11-3
The 7th grade girls basketball team ended their regular season on a high note last night as they coasted to a 44-12 victory over Mason Green. The Lady Firebirds took a 20-4 lead into halftime and continued to build their lead in the second half with relentless defensive pressure. Nine girls scored in this contest, led by Kylee Simmons with 14 points. Keena Benzinger and Morgan Wehby each added six points in the victory. The team finishes the regular season with an 11-3 record and will now set their sights on the GMC tournament.
The Plains 8th grade Lady Firebirds took on the #1 seeded team in this year’s GMC tournament last night in their final home game of the regular season and their young basketball careers. The first quarter would find our Firebirds down 10 to 6. They would shrink that deficit to only one point by halftime. In the 2nd half our girls would buckle down their defensive efforts, stifle the Comets offense, and outscore their opponent by 11 points as they took down the #1 seed by a final score of 35 to 25. Kailyn Dudukovich & Leah Abribat would share leading scorer honors with 13 points apiece followed by Sydney Jones with 5 points, while Amanda Miller and Maddie Prohaska each added 2 points.
Both teams finished the regular season with identical overall records of 11 wins and 3 losses. They will each take their #4 seed into the 2nd round of the GMC tournament this Saturday as the 7th grade team will play Delhi here at Lakota Plains with tip-off scheduled for 10:15am while the 8th grade team will travel to Bridgetown to take on Hopewell at 2pm.
The girls coaches and players would like to thank all their fans for coming to 8th grade night last night. Good luck to both the boys and girls teams in their respective tournaments. GO FIREBIRDS!
2/4 GMC Tourney - 2nd round
8th Grade vs Hopewell W 12-3
7th Grade vs Delhi W 12-3
The 7th grade girls basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the GMC tournament with a lopsided victory over Delhi on Saturday morning. The Lady Firebirds rode a 21 to 2 second quarter to take a 26-point lead into halftime and the lead continued to grow from there. Chance Gray led the team with 13 points, Beri Ngwa had 8, and Kylee Simmons added 7 as nine girls in all would score in this contest. With a semifinal berth on the line, the girls will play #5 seeded Mason White tomorrow night right here at Plains Jr. High at 5:45pm.
The Plains 8th grade Lady Firebirds opened up their journey through the GMC tourney with a bang dismantling the #13 seeded Hopewell Thunderbirds by a score of 59 to 15. There was never any doubt who was the better team in this contest as our girls treated the fans from both schools to a clinic of great teamwork and defense from start to finish. Nine different players would contribute to the win lead by Kailyn Dudukovich with 18 points followed by Kylie Kennedy with 13 points, Leah Abribat with 7 points, Sydney Jones with 6 points, Bella Hagan & Amanda Miller with 4 points, Maddie Prohaska with 3 points while Taylor Webber & Abby Oehler each added 2 points. The girls advance to the Quarter Final round of the GMC tournament where they will take on the #5 seeded Princeton Vikings. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:45pm tomorrow night at Bridgetown Middle School.
2/7 GMC Tourney - Quarter Finals
8th Grade vs. Princeton W 13-3
7th Grade vs. Mason White W 13-3
The 7th grade girls basketball team secured a berth in the Final Four of the GMC Tournament with a 41-25 victory over Mason last night. The lead was as large as 25 points in the second half. Chance Gray led the Lady Firebirds with 20 points. The girls will look to avenge an early season setback to Ridge when they play them this Thursday in the Semi-Finals with tip-off slated for 4:30pm right here at Lakota Plains. We want to encourage ALL our classmates and teachers to come out and help us earn a spot in the GMC finals. It’s gonna be a great atmosphere for basketball and we need our fans in the stands to help us win this one.
The Plains 8th grade Lady Firebirds continued their journey through the GMC tourney last night seeking revenge for one of their three season losses when they took on the Princeton Vikings last night. It took only 3 minutes for our girls to jump out to a 16 to 0 lead before Princeton could manage to score a basket. Suffocating defense would be the Vikings Achilles heel as our Firebirds took a 31 to 4 lead into halftime. A 27-point advantage would be too much for Princeton to overcome as our girls advanced to the semi-finals of the GMC tournament with a decisive 48 to 25 win. Kailyn Dudukovich would lead all scorers with 18 points followed by Sydney Jones with 10 points, Leah Abribat with 7 points, Kylie Kennedy with 6 points, Maddie Prohaska with 4 points, Bella Hagan with 2 points, while Emma Eppinghoff added 1 point. The girls advance to the Semi-Final round of the GMC tournament where they will take on the #1 seeded Mason Comets tomorrow night at Bridgetown Middle School. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30pm. GO FIREBIRDS!
2/9 GMC Tourney - Semi Finals
8th Grade vs Mason W 14-3
7th Grade vs Ridge L 13-4
The 7th grade girls basketball team looked to avenge an earlier season loss to Ridge as they grappled for a spot in the finals. Our girls would battle all the way and actually take a lead into halftime. The second half would bounce back and forth and Ridge would eventually take the lead and hold on for the 44 to 39 win. Lora Broz would lead the firebirds in scoring with 13 points. Coach Gleim is very proud of all the girls for their efforts all season long.
The Plains 8th grade Lady Firebirds had a battle on their hands last night as the Mason Comets would not give in easily. After 6 minutes of play our girls were down 8 to 4 and struggled to get things going offensively. Mason would extend their lead by 1 point going into the halftime by a score of 22 to 17. The Force in us would prove to be too strong for Mason in the 2nd half as our girls would shutout the Comets in the 3rd quarter outscoring them 4 to 0 then followed that up by winning the 4th quarter 12 to 4 and claiming the first spot in the GMC Championship game. Kailyn Dudukovich would lead all scorers with 14 points followed by Sydney Jones with 8 points, Kylie Kennedy with 7 points, and Leah Abribat with 4 points. The girls advance to the final round of the GMC tournament where they will take on the #2 seeded Liberty Thunderhawks tomorrow morning at Rapid Run Middle School. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:15am. GO FIREBIRDS!
GMC Tourney - Finals
8th Grade vs. Liberty W 15-3
The Plains 8th grade Lady Firebirds completed their journey through the GMC tourney this weekend taking on the Liberty Thunderhawks in a rematch of last year’s championship game. After the first quarter our ladies held a solid advantage 9 to 3. In the second quarter Liberty would shrink that lead to 3 after a basket at the buzzer. The second half would tip the scale back into our favor as our girls pulled away at the end for a 12 point championship victory by a score of 33-21. This marks only the 3rd team in school history to win back to back GMC tournament championships. Kailyn Dudukovich would once again lead all scorers with 11 points followed by Leah Abribat with 7 points, Sydney Jones & Maddie Prohaska with 4 points, Bella Haga with 3 points while Abby Oehler & Amanda Miller each tallied 2 points.
The players and coaches would like to thank all our friends & fans, most especially Mrs. Wade, Mr. Nicol, Mrs. Oglesby, and all our cheerleaders for coming all the way to Oak Hills to watch us play and cheer us on.
Scott M. Mueller Adam Gleim
2015-16 GMC 8TH GRADE CHAMPS 2015-16 GMC 7TH GRADE CHAMPS
Lakota Plains Jr. High Lakota West High School
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