ASHLAND — Fremont Bergan’s balanced offensive attack was too much for Omaha Roncalli on Saturday afternoon in the championship game of the Ashland-Greenwood Tournament.
Mackenzie Peitzmeier scored 15 points as the Lady Knights improved to 9-1 with a 52-37 win over the Crimson Pride. Allie DeGroff added 12 points while Haley Kempf and Allison Dieckmann added nine each.
“We just have a number of girls that can score,” Bergan coach Nate Pribnow said. “Our defense is good enough to keep us in games and we have four or five girls that can score in double figures any night.”
Payton Stoffel’s basket put Roncalli up 13-12 with less than a minute to play in the opening quarter. Peitzmeier’s 15-foot jumper with :15 remaining in the period put the Lady Knights ahead for good.
Peitzmeier’s 3-point basket to open the second quarter extended the lead to 17-13. The senior’s two free throws in the waning seconds of the period put Bergan ahead 23-17 at halftime.
DeGroff sparked Bergan in the second half by scoring 10 points. Her basket following an offensive rebound put the Lady Knights up 41-26 with 5:58 left in the game.
“She got a lot of rebounds off of missed free throw opportunities,” Pribnow said. “Allie was huge today. She knows her role for us. She needs to play solid defense and we need her to score. She is an inside presence and does a lot of nice things.”
Freshman Ella Matthies hit a field goal with 3:00 left to pull the Crimson Pride to within 45-33, but DeGroff hit a field goal and Dieckmann sank two free throws to push the advantage back to 16 points.
After a 57-21 blowout of the Ashland-Greenwood on Friday, the Lady Knights faced a tougher test from the Crimson Pride.
“We had a lot of success with our fullcourt press against Ashland-Greenwood,” Pribnow said. “We tried pressing Roncalli early on today and they went right by us and got to the rim. We didn’t have a lot of time to watch film on them and it was hard to gauge their athleticism. They are a very athletic team. The hard part is we played them today and we have to come back and play them again (Thursday).”
Halle Meister led the Crimson Pride, 3-6, with 14 points.
Fremont Bergan 14 9 13 16 — 52
Omaha Roncalli 13 4 8 12 — 37
Fremont Bergan — Mackenzie Peitzmeier 15, Allison Dieckmann 9, Allie DeGroff 12, Reagan Toelle 1, Haley Kempf 9, Lauren Baker 2, Tessa Kreikemeier 2.
Omaha Roncalli — Halle Meister 14, Samantha Mausbach 8, Abbey Schwarz 3, Ella Matthies 4, Liza Sprakel 3, McKenna Murcek 3, Payton Stoffel 2.