For Bonner Springs girls basketball Friday, ‘a win is a win’
As a senior leader on the Bonner Springs girls basketball team, Yessinia Hernandez has learned that no win should be taken for granted.
“It may have been ugly,” Hernandez said of the team’s 50-38 victory over Turner on Friday. “But a win is a win.”
On a night when Bonner Springs remained undefeated on the season, Hernandez said her team struggled in the first half.
“Oh gosh, we started off real slow,” she said. “We had a pretty good talk at halftime and came out stronger in the second half.”
The Braves trailed 16-8 at the end of the first quarter. Turner opened with a big run and the Braves were slow in stopping the run. After playing the second quarter to a draw in the points with both teams scoring nine points, the Braves discussed a lot of things in the halftime meeting.
Coach Clay Oakes said the talk centered on being prepared when you take the floor for a game.
“We were lethargic and in slow motion,” he said. “It seemed like we thought we were at a point where we could just step on the court and everything would go our way. They found out that was not the case.”
With the score 25-17 at halftime, Hernandez and the Braves stepped up their performances in the second half. She forced back-to-back turnovers for the Braves early in the half, scoring three points and leading the Braves on an 11-0 run to start the second half.
At the end of the quarter, Bonner Springs led 34-29, and outscored the Bears 17-4 in the quarter.
The Braves never surrendered the lead in the fourth quarter. The Bears cut the lead to three points on numerous occasions, but Bonner Springs clinched the game at the foul line. The Braves were four-of-five at the foul line.
The Braves won the game win without senior forward Emily Wilson who missed the game with an MCL sprain.
“That hurt our depth inside, she is a leading rebounder and the second leading scorer on the team,” Oakes said.
Anna Deegan scored 16 points and Hernandez finished with 11 points
Turner was led in scoring by Clorisa Padilla who scored 15 points in the game. McKenna Mortell finished with 12 points and Pointer scored eight points.
Bonner Springs’ next game is Thursday against Sumner Academy.