By David Keech
February 12, 2019
Abbotsford— For the second time this season, Abbotsford and Prentice engaged in a battle that went down to the wire. Just like their first game this season, it was the Abbotsford Falcons that came out on top in a barn burner, 41-35.
“This was almost the same type of game when we played them at their place. They cam out, took it to us, and we rallied and held on.and got the win,” said Abbotsford Head Coach Logan Rosemeyer.
Prentice began the game on fire, opening up a 9-0 lead with four minutes gone. Abbotsford trailed throughout the first half, and with five minutes to go, trailed 20-12.
Abbotsford held Prentice scoreless for the rest of the half, while a Kallie Falteisek basket sandwiched between Mya Ruesch baskets pulled the Falcons to within two, 20-18.
Prentice built its largest second half lead with nine minutes remaining, 32-25, and just like they did in their first meeting, Abbotsford fought back. This time around, however, it was a total team effort on both ends of the floor.
A 16-3 edge the rest of the way began when four players scored over the next five minutes.
“We communicated real well on defense tonight, especially in the second half,” Rosemeyer explained.
The Falcons’ defense was a total team effort, and it was a familiar face that gave Abbotsford its first lead of the game.
Senior guard Kallie Falteisek’s three point play with 4:20 left put Abbotsford on top for the first time, 35-32.
Falteisek led Abbotsford with 14 points, with Ruesch adding 12 points.
After the Buccaneers pulled to within 1, it was time for another familiar key contributor, senior forward Mel Kunze, to take the stage. Kunze’s block, her fourth of the game, kept the lead secure.
Three points apiece from Falteisek and Mya Ruesch down the stretch preserved the win, giving Abbotsford its second win this season over Prentice.
Falteisek had four blocks and ten rebounds, and Kunze grabbed 16 rebounds.
“We have been working on moving the ball in transition, getting open shots, and I thought we played well as a team tonight,” Rosemeyer said.
Serena Moore led Prentice with 16 points.
Prentice(35) Schellin 8, Hartmann 3, M. Isaacson 6, Kalander 2, Isaacson 16
Abbotsford(41) Kallie Falteisek 14, Maggie Seefluth 3, Melanie Kunze 5, Mariana Castillo 5, Samantha Maganda, Mya Ruesch 12