BUHLER — How good was the Hesston girls’ defense Friday against bigger-class school Buhler?
Well, the Crusaders scored only 17 points. For the game.
And 16 of those were by All-Stater Jessica Steffen.
Steffen made 4 of 11 shots. The rest of the Crusaders were 0 of 15 as Hesston time and again forced turnovers.
Kylie Brenneman was all over Steffen for the most part. It was an 18-5 game at the half. When it wasn’t Brenneman, Olivia Brubacher got the assignment of frustrating Steffen.
Hesston coach Matt Richardson said the goal was to take away the dribble drive. While Steffen got her points, the other Crusaders simply couldn’t make a shot.
Cami Richardson scored 21 points to lead the Swathers. Kailey Jo Ince added 11 and they combined to make 15 of 23 floor shots.
• BUHLER BOYS 62, HESSTON 61 — In a tremendous game that went back and forth, Buhler’s Jace Williams made a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to give his team the win. Hesston’s Zach Vogt missed a 3-pointer as the Swathers had a chance to win it.
Hesston coach Greg Raleigh said his team played well, but turned it over too many times. The Swathers are having to replace longtime veterans Grant Raleigh and Tyler McCartney, who were mainstays for four years.
Vogt scored 23 points, including 13 of 14 at the line.
Hesston led 33-28 at the half, but Buhler came back to take a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
Noah Webster scored 21 points for the Crusaders.