ST. CHARLES • Even though the Duchesne girls basketball team only has two wins under its belt through its first eight games, there was plenty to play for Friday.
Hosting DuBourg, the game was much more than a conference game for the Pioneers — it renewed an old rivalry for some.
The Pioneers' 44-25 win was special as the team's roster has its share of Kennedy transfers, who have long held DuBourg as a rival, even after the school shuttered its doors in 2017.
Duchesne sophomore forward Megan Wiseman led the Pioneers with 11 points. Senior guard Olivia McCracken added seven.
“We came in knowing that for the Kennedy transfers it was a big game for them,” Wiseman said. “I really think it was (important to us all) and that showed through our play as a team.”
Duchesne (3-6 overall, 2-1 Archdiocesan Athletic Association) jumped out to an 11-3 lead by the end of the first quarter behind a pair of 3-pointers from freshman guard Haley Stockhausen and never looked back.
Wiseman, who averages 5.1 points per game, proved to be a catalyst for the Pioneers, who were averaging 24.3 points per game heading into the contest.
“We were finally able to break out of our scoring drought and we were able to get Megan touches inside and out,” Duchesne coach Brandon Stringer said. “She's just really good at making plays for everybody on the team. She's the main reason why we were able to get through this tonight. This was a conference win and we're always happy with conference wins.”
“I think we were able to move the ball better, definitely our communication was better,” Wiseman said. “We took smart shots and I think that was the best thing for us.”
DuBourg (4-5, 1-2) got a decent selection of shots, but they didn't fall.
The Cavaliers didn't help matters at the free-throw line where they were 5-of-18.
“I wish they would have taken those lids off, then maybe we would have gotten something to go in,” DuBourg coach Jason Yoakam joked. “Every team has one of those nights and tonight was our night. We had won three in a row and I thought we had a shot at four in a row, but that's high school basketball. It's a finicky thing and some nights it goes your way and some nights it doesn't.”
Senior guard Imani Vales led DuBourg with nine points while senior forward Lauri Klump had five.
Duchesne has won seven consecutive against its conference foe. DuBourg won the initial meeting in 2013.
“I was just looking at that today,” Stringer said of the history. “This is a big match-up for some of our girls, especially with half of them coming over from Kennedy, their big rival. We understand what they felt down there and we just knew we were going to have to play hard if we were going to get this. We knew we were going to face a scrappy team.”