Piper girls over Bonner 59-20

Piper sophomore Riley Porter (12) set up the backcourt press against Bonner freshman Keyana Cruse (21). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Piper High School Lady Pirates, ranked the third best 4A Division 1 team in the latest Kansas coaches’ poll, continued their path toward another Kaw Valley League crown with a 59-20 defeat of the Bonner Lady Braves on Friday night.

The game started slowly, with Piper leading 6-2 halfway through the first quarter. The Pirates then turned up the heat, running away to a 17-3 first quarter advantage and taking the mystery out of the final result.

Piper’s backcourt trapping defense led to several Bonner turnovers and when Bonner broke the press, Piper’s taller defenders prevented the Braves from sprinting to the rim.

Grace Banes’ accurate shooting generated 15 points to lead Piper, including three 3-point shots. Reserve guard Riley Porter added 12, mostly in the second half. Ali Vigil scored 10 in limited minutes.

Hallie Hoffine led the Braves with 10, sometimes generating her own offense off the dribble when the Piper defense was tight.

The Lady Pirates remain undefeated at 9-0 (4-0 in the league). They will play next at Turner High School on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The Lady Braves drop to 2-7 (1-4 in the league) and will play in the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament, starting against the KC Metro Academy Mavericks on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Piper sophomore Ali Vigil (25) defended against a shot attempt by Bonner Springs senior Skyler Ochoa (32). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
This young Bonner fan joined the cheerleaders for a few cheers. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Piper freshman guard Evelyn Vazquez (3) looked for an open teammate. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Ali Vigil tried to work the ball inside against the Bonner defense. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Skyler Ochoa dribbled the ball looking for a way around Evelyn Vazquez. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Grace Banes looked to reverse the ball from the right corner. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Bonner Springs junior Hallie Hoffine (11) drove the ball against Piper sophomore Grace Banes (15). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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