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Varsity girls lose against two top Class B teams PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

After a great opening week of play, the Lady Longhorns varsity basketball team felt the other extreme Friday and Saturday, losing by wide margins to Sidney and Ogallala.
Coach Marc Mroczek said they expected two quality Class B teams, and that’s what they got.
Chase County just couldn’t get their offense going either night, scoring just 23 points in both contests due in large part to a well-experienced man-to-man defense from both Sidney and Ogallala.
This week, the competition shouldn’t be as one-sided with games in Oshkosh Friday and in Bartley Saturday.  
Garden County hasn’t won a game yet, but they do have some returning starters, Mroczek said, so can’t be taken lightly.
Action starts at 4:30 p.m. with JV contests, followed by varsity. Both girls and boys will play in Oshkosh.
In Bartley against Southwest Consolidated Saturday, it’s girls-only starting at 5:30 p.m. MT with the JV game, followed by varsity.
Southwest is 3-2, and has some height among the starters, Mroczek said. They have two weekday games this week leading up to Saturday, which  could be a factor in the matchup.
The girls will play in Southwest’s new school gym at the north end of Bartley.
Sidney game
Overall quickness, height and four returning starters for Sidney resulted in a very one-sided contest for the Lady Longhorns Friday.
Chase County suffered a 72-23 loss, and about the only consolation from the game is that it’s now behind them, Mroczek said.
“They have a very experienced team that has a lot of varsity playing time. We’re young, so it was tough for us,” Mroczek said.
Sidney’s man-to-man defense forced 33 Chase County turnovers. Consequently, they had too few good looks at the basket, shooting just 18% (7 of 39) from the field, while Sidney hit 47% of their shots (30 of 64).
None of Chase County’s guards had much luck handling the ball against their press and the Lady Longhorns scored only six points the first half.  
Despite the deficit, Mroczek said his team challenged Sidney a little more and played a little more confidently in the second half.
“We took the ball to the basket and got fouled,” he said.
Unfortunately, Chase County’s free throws weren’t dropping either, hitting six of 20.
Mroczek said, though, they never quit trying. They know they need to get better against a pressure defense, and more experience will bring that, he said.
Reichert led Chase County’s scoring with six, while Shannon Liewer and Chantal Heathers each scored five.
Reichert and Liewer led the team’s rebounding with seven apiece. Chase County had a slight edge on the boards, overall, with 28 rebounds to Sidney’s 27.
Imperial 23
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    1    1    0-2    4    5
Michaela Ketter    0    0    2-4    0    2
Kayla Brown    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    0    0    1-4    1    1
Jilanne German    0    0    0-3    3    0
Lexee Reichert    2    0    2-2    3    6
Karlee Palmer    1    0    0-0    3    2
Alexis Tropf    1    0    0-0    1    2
Shannon Liewer    2    0    1-3    3    5
Carolina Ramos    0    0    0-2    0    0
Dinelly Benitez    0    0    0-0    0    0
Catarina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    7    1    6-20    18    23
Sidney 72
Uhrig 15, Segelke 12, Cole 11, Rabsky 4, Anglin 6, Keeton 8, Loghry 10, Mowery 6.
Sidney’s totals: 2 pt. FG—30; 3 pt. FG—1; FT/FTA—9-21; Fouls—17; TP—72.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    6    6    7 4—23
Sidney    18  25 14  15—72
Ogallala game
Ogallala also put a tall, experienced team on the floor with several returning starters, as the Lady Longhorns lost a 65-23 game Saturday night at home.
“And, their defense was just as good as Sidney’s,” Mroczek said.
Again, good looks at the basket were hard to come by for the Lady Longhorns against Ogallala’s man defense, Mroczek said. It resulted in another poor night of shooting at 16% (5 of 32) and a lot of turnovers.
Meanwhile, Ogallala hit 23 of 60 attempts from the field for a 38% mark. They also sunk three treys  while Chase County hit one.
Both teams hit 10 free throws with about the same number of attempts.
Ogallala switched to a 1-3-1 zone second half when Chase County was able to penetrate better. They also got some points off Ogallala’s return to a man defense later in that half.
Like at Sidney, Mroczek said it was a learning experience for Chase County.
“We’ll just continue to build on our strengths and work on the weaknesses,” he said.
Reichert again led the scoring for Chase County with eight points, half of them coming from free throws. She has an 87% mark from the line in four games this season.
Heathers also scored six and had four assists. Karlee Palmer and Heathers each had four steals, while Liewer and Alexis Tropf led the team in rebounds with six apiece.    
Chase County takes a 1-3 record into this weekend’s games.
Imperial 23
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    1    1    1-4    3    6
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-2    0    0
Kayla Brown    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jilanne German    0    0    3-6    3    3
Lexee Reichert    2    0    4-5    4    8
Karlee Palmer    1    0    0-0    0    2
Alexis Tropf    0    0    0-0    3    0
Shannon Liewer    1    0    2-6    4    4
Carolina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
Dinelly Benitez    0    0    0-0    0    0
Catarina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    5    1    10-23    17    23
Ogallala 65
Schroer 5, Jasnoch 6, Pernsa 4, Welch 5, Cummins 15, Havermann 7, Davidson 6, Reed 2, Stevenson 4, Schroer 13.
Ogallala’s totals: 2 pt. FG—23; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—10-24; Fouls—22; TP—65.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    3    3 11   6—23
Ogallala    21  21   9 14—65

 

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