One long streak was snapped while another stayed in place in Tuesday’s Dickinson County showdown between Abilene and Chapman. The Lady Irish defeated the Cowgirls 55-36. It was their first win over Abilene since February 24, 2009. The Cowgirls had remarkably defeated Chapman 21 straight times over the last 11 years. In the boy’s game, Abilene defeated Chapman 62-44 which was the Cowboy’s 12th straight victory over the Irish.
The girl’s game was never close. Chapman raced out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back. The Lady Irish were fueled by a quick start by Senior McKenna Kirkpatrick, she scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in the first half. Chapman led 29-11 at halftime and would lead by as many as 29 points in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Irish also got a big game from Senior Ashlynn Bledsoe who finished with 15 points. The talented duo brought a great deal of experience into the season as they had both started since they were Freshman. Abilene slipped to 3-2, 1-1 with the loss while Chapman improved to 4-2, 2-1.
In the boy’s match-up, Travis Beetch helped Abilene pull away in the second half. Chapman trailed 18-12 at the end of the first quarter and 32-24 at halftime. Beetch scored three of the first four baskets of the third quarter as Abilene opened the second half with a 9-2 run. Beetch capped the run with a three-pointer to give the Cowboys a 41-26 lead with 4:55 to play in the quarter. Chapman wouldn’t get any closer the rest of the game. Abilene would go on to the 18 point victory which was their large lead of the game.
The Cowboys also got double-figures from Avery Bryson 14 and Kieryan Anderson 10 points in the victory, both players came off the bench. Chapman was led by Kel Stroud who finished with 14 points. Abilene improved to 3-2, 2-0 and Chapman dropped to 2-4, 0-3 with the loss. Abilene will travel to Marysville Friday and Chapman will travel to Clay Center