CAMANCHE — The Camanche Indians built a double-digit lead late in the first quarter and went on to a 45-33 season-opening girls basketball win over the Northeast Rebels Tuesday night.

“I thought we did a good job in the second half of never letting them get closer than 10,” Camanche coach Dave Grim said. “We kept responding when we needed to. That was encouraging.”

Camanche jumped out to a 14-4 advantage after one quarter. Senior starter Bree Willis, who scored a team-high 15 points, hit four field goals for eight points to highlight the Indians’ early surge.

Junior starter Casey Johnson, who scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half, added five points for Camanche in the period on a 3-pointer and a fast-break layup. Senior starter Kelsay McCausland tossed in a free throw.

Northeast’s first-quarter points came on a bucket by senior starter Jessica Lippens and free throws by freshman starter Shawna Spain and junior Amber Lorenzen.

The Rebels trimmed the margin to seven at 16-9 when freshman starter Whitney Rorah, who netted a game-high 16 points, converted a three-point play with 4:53 left in the first half.

Northeast never got closer.

Camanche regained control with a 9-2 burst that made it 25-11 with 1:33 left in the half. The run included a pair of free throws by McCausland, a fast-break bucket by Johnson off a steal and assist by junior Karissa Turner, a 3-pointer by Johnson and a rebound putback by McCausland.

The Indians led 25-13 at the half.

Rorah had five points in the second quarter on a field goal and three free throws. Shawna Spain hit three free throws in the quarter and Lippens added one.

The entire second half the difference stayed between 10 and 14 points.

Camanche battled foul trouble throughout the game. Junior starters Clarissa Stoll and Cassie Willis each picked up three fouls in the first half and were whistled for their fourth fouls early in the third quarter. Stoll fouled out with 6:12 to play.

The Indians had 24 fouls, sending Northeast to the free-throw line 35 times. The Rebels made 19 of those free throws.

Junior Claire Parker and Bree Willis had two field goals apiece in the third quarter for Camanche, which also got a bucket from McCausland in the period.

Lippens and senior starter Jessica Hoffmann hit field goals for Northeast in the third quarter. Rorah also knocked down four free throws in the period, with Hoffman and Shawna Spain also each hitting a free throw.

Camanche got two field goals, one a 3-pointer, from Cassie Willis in the fourth quarter. The Indians also got a bucket by Johnson, two free throws by junior Allie Steines and a free throw by Bree Willis in the final frame.

Rorah scored seven points in the fourth quarter on three field goals and a free throw. Lippens hit a pair of free throws in the quarter, with Hoffmann adding one.

“We’re trying to figure out the right pieces to our puzzle,” Grim said. “We used 10 bodies. We’re trying to be a physical team, which you could tell by our number of fouls. We’ll have to adjust to that. But, we caused some turnovers.”

Both teams will compete in the River Queen Classic Friday. Northeast faces Fulton at 6 p.m. in Friday’s Classic opener, with Camanche meeting Clinton at approximately 7:30.

Score by Quarters

Northeast 4 9 10 10 — 33

Camanche 14 11 10 10 — 45



Shawna Spain 0 5-10 5, Jessica Hoffmann 1 2-4 4, Audrey Moehr 0 0-4 0, Whitney Rorah 4 8-9 16, Jessica Lippens 2 3-6 7, Amber Lorenzen 0 1-2 1, Melissa Spain 0 0-0 0, Kendra Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 19-35 33.


Cassie Willis 2 0-0 5, Bree Willis 7 1-2 15, Casey Johnson 5 0-0 12, Kelsay McCausland 2 3-6 7, Clarissa Stoll 0 0-0 0, Claire Parker 2 0-0 4, Allie Steines 0 2-3 2, Karissa Turner 0 0-0 0, Shawna Medinger 0 0-2 0, Aubrey Dodson 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 6-13 45.

3-point goals—Camanche 3 (Johnson 2, C. Willis). Total fouls—Northeast 15, Camanche 24. Fouled out—Camanche (Stoll).

Records—Northeast 0-1, Camanche 1-0. Next games—At Clinton River Queen Classic, Friday (Northeast vs. Fulton, 6 p.m.; Camanche vs. Clinton, 7:30 p.m.)