ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS – Seanna Boltz hit 11 threes, a Cowley school record and the Grizzlies turned it over 30 times. Cowley did anything and everything they wanted as they handed Butler one of the worst losses in school history. Cowley won 109-86.
Butler falls to 16-7 on the season and 9-4 in the Jayhawk. With the loss Butler falls sole first place in the East as Coffeyville is now tied with Butler.
It’s the most points allowed in a Butler game since at least 2000. We have no records before 2000. The Grizzlies allowed 103 points to Coffeyville in Nov. 2008.
The Grizzlies seemed out of it from the tip and Cowley took advantage. As Cowley pressed, the Grizzlies seemed confused with what to do. That led to Butler getting down 10-0 to start the game.
They turned it over 19 times in the first half, nine alone in the first quarter.
After trailing by as many as 16 in the first quarter, Cowley paired up the intense defense with some sharp three-point shooting.
Then, Butler panicked. They started gambling on the defensive side, drawing fouls and putting the Lady Tigers at the free throw line and they made Butler pay. Cowley went to the line 14 times alone in the first quarter.
When the dust had settled at halftime, Cowley held a 55-32 lead.
Butler could never the defensive stops they needed in the second half. They would cut it down to 19 on a couple of occasions but every time Cowley responded with a run of their own. The last one put the Grizzlies out for good.
Tamara Nard hit a layup after sitting a majority of the first half with two fouls and Butler had pulled within 61-42 with just under seven remaining in the third. Cowley responded with a 9-2 run, fueled in part by two big threes by Boltz.
The Grizzlies would bring it with in 33 in the fourth quarter but the game had already been decided by that point.
Cowley improves to 16-7 on the season but only 6-7 in the conference.
Boltz led all scorers with 41 points on 11-of-22 shooting. Her 11 threes (11-of-20), as stated were a school record.
RaVon Nero had 25 points to lead Butler. Nard had 20 points, all in the second ahlf.
Butler head coach Mike Helmer was not available for comment post game.
The Grizzlies will host Coffeyville on Saturday in a game that will decide who’s No. 1 in the East Division; both teams are 9-4 in the conference.