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Lady Longhorns even record with pair of wins PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

A pair of wins on the road last weekend lifted the Lady Longhorn record to 3-3 as they prepare for a new holiday tournament on the schedule for Monday and Tuesday.
The Lady Longhorns won a lopsided victory at Garden County Friday, then pulled out a four-point win on Saturday against Southwest Consolidated.
Coach Marc Mroczek said defense played a key role in both wins, and was happy to be at .500 after facing a lot of tough opponents the first three weeks of the season.
After the NSAA-mandated five-day moratorium that started Wednesday, the Lady Longhorns will compete in a new holiday tournament hosted by Perkins County next week that also includes teams from Kimball and Maxwell.
Chase County girls will meet Perkins County in their opener Monday at 5:30 p.m. Their game will be followed by the boys’ Chase County/Perkins County matchup at 7:15 p.m.
On Tuesday, the third place girls’ game is set for 3:45 p.m., while the championship girls’ contest will get underway at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys’ final.
Mroczek said it will be good to play closer to home for the holiday tourney. Perkins County is 2-4 this week and despite losing their leading scorer to graduation, they have some returning experience and a couple tall, younger players.
“We’ll have to adjust to their height and take away their inside game,” he said.
This week, practice was held for the girls’ team Monday and Tuesday. School gyms cannot be open for organized school activities this week from Wednesday through Sunday.
Garden County game
Despite Chase County’s one-sided 44-19 win at Garden County, Mroczek said the Lady Eagles did some good things against them on defense forcing a lot of turnovers.
“We didn’t handle the ball well due to their pressure,” he said.
Both teams had trouble with turnovers. Chase County had 24 while the Lady Eagles tallied 23.
But on the other end of the court, he commended his team for their defense. A significant lead in the second quarter and for the rest of the game allowed the Lady Longhorns to work on their press and gain some needed experience, he said.    
Lexee Reichert had her biggest scoring night of the season Friday, racking up 27 points against Garden County. Eighteen points came from the field, with another nine at the free throw line.
As a team, the Lady Longhorns were 15 of 54 on two-pointers for 28%,while Garden County hit nine of 43 for 21%.
Chase County, still having a bit a trouble at the line, hit 14 of 26 for 54%, while Garden County sunk one of their two free throws.
The Lady Longhorns dominated the boards, grabbing 38 to 18 for Garden County. Reichert led her team with 10.
Chantal Heathers led the team with nine steals, while Karlee Palmer and Shannon Liewer each had three assists.
Imperial 44
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    0    0    0-1    0    0
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    1    0    1-2    0    3
Jilanne German    0    0    0-2    3    0
Lexee Reichert    9    0    9-17    4    27
Karlee Palmer    1    0    2-2    3    4
Alexis Tropf    2    0    0-0    1    4
Shannon Liewer    2    0    2-2    3    6
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    15    0    14-26    14    44
Garden County 19
K. Collins 4, T. Vineyard 2, M. Steward 4, E. McGinely 4, E. Nelson 5.
Garden County’s totals: 2 pt. FG—9; 3 pt. FG—0; FT/FTA—1-2; Fouls—23; TP—19.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    9  17 12 6—44
Garden County    6    7   2 4—19
Southwest game
Chase County pulled out a 41-37 win Saturday at Southwest Consolidated in their new gym in Bartley.    
Southwest was 5-2 coming into the game with Chase County, so it was a big win for the Lady Longhorns.
Even though Lady Longhorns led most of the game, it got tense with about three to four minutes left in the contest, when Southwest took a one-point lead, 37-36.
The Lady Longhorns tied the game, 37-37, though, after hitting a free throw. Then, Karlee Palmer sunk a big three-pointer after losing her defender on a pass from Liewer, and Chase County went up 40-37.
Southwest had the chance for a shot on transition, but missed. Chase County got the rebound, was fouled and hit one of two free throws, giving them the final four-point lead as time ran out.
Chase County’s leading scorer, Reichert, got into foul trouble early in the third quarter and sat out much of those eight minutes. But, Alexis Tropf came in the game “and played well for us,” he said.
Mroczek said, again, his team’s defense played a good game, forcing 27 Southwest turnovers and making them take the outside shots.    
Good rebounding also played a key role in the win, as Chase County had a 27-24 edge on the boards.
Two Lady Longhorns were in double figures, led by Reichert with 12. Palmer tallied 11 points, which included two treys.
Liewer had a good game, as well,  leading the team in rebounds (7), steals (6) and assists (4), and scored three.
From the field, Chase County hit 10 of 43 for 23%, while Southwest was 12 of 36 for 34%.
Like at Garden County, the Lady Longhorns had way more chances at free throws, hitting 12 of 26 compared to a one for six mark by Southwest.
Mroczek said his team controlled the second half, taking the ball to the basket and making them foul. In doing that, however, they need to make those free throws, he said.
Mroczek was called for his first technical of his coaching career late in the third quarter against Southwest. He said he mistakenly was called by the ref for bad language, but the words actually came from a fan sitting behind him.
It didn’t deter the ref’s decision, however.
That meant Mroczek had to sit down the rest of the game. He commended his team for stepping up and making sure that didn’t keep them from winning.
Imperial 41
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    1    1    1-4    1    6
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    0    0    1-2    0    1
Jilanne German    1    0    3-6    1    5
Lexee Reichert    4    0    4-6    4    12
Karlee Palmer    2    2    1-2    1    11
Alexis Tropf    1    0    1-2    0    3
Shannon Liewer    1    0    1-4    2    3
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    10    3    12-26    9    41
Southwest 37
L. Ruggles 3, C. Mailer 8, T. Quinduar 2, A. McConville 13, B. Ryan 11.
Southwest’s totals: 2 pt. FG—12; 3 pt. FG—4; FT/FTA—1-6; Fouls—14; TP—37.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    7 11 10 13—41
Southwest    4  9 11 13—37

 

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