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Girls drop holiday tourney opener to Perkins County PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Coach Marc Mroczek said his girls’ team played well the first quarter in Monday’s holiday tournament opener, but then struggled with Perkins County’s defensive pressure.
Chase County had an early lead in the game, but the Lady Longhorns ended up dropping a 55-31 contest in Grant, site for a new holiday tourney this year.
Monday’s loss dropped the Lady Longhorns’ record to 3-4. But, a win Tuesday against Maxwell in the tourney’s second day of action would bring the record back up to the .500 mark.
Chase County had a 9-7 lead four minutes into the game, but Perkins County scored six unanswered points, going up 15-9 early in the second quarter.
Karlee Palmer then sparked the Lady Longhorn offense with her second trey of the game, pulling the team within three, 12-15.
But, that’s when things stalled. Chase County scored just two more points that quarter, trailing 23-14 at the half.    
Though his team did well against the Perkins County defense first quarter, Mroczek said the team then seemed to struggle after that, turning over the ball too much.
“They got timid, then made bad passes,” Mroczek said.
A considerably taller Perkins County team also stifled the Chase County shooting after the first eight minutes.
“We just weren’t able to get a lot of good shots off,” he said.
The Lady Longhorns struggled on the boards, too, as Perkins County outrebounded them 35 to 23. Thirteen of Perkins County’s were offensive rebounds.
“That’s too many for second and third chance points,” he said.
Chase County was unable to close in on the score the rest of the game, and was held to single digit quarter scoring again the second half.
Leading the Chase County scoring Monday was Palmer with eight. Lexee Reichert and Shannon Liewer had six apiece.
In other individual stats, Alexis Tropf led in rebounds with eight, Chantal Heathers had three steals, while Liewer contributed three assists.
From two-point range, the Lady Longhorns shot 11 of 40 for 28%, while Perkins County hit 20 of 53 for 38%.
Both teams were 50% from the free throw line, Chase County hitting three of six; Perkins County six of 12.
Palmer’s two treys were the only three-pointers for Chase County out of 14 tries. Perkins County hit three of nine three-pointers.
A report on Tuesday’s Chase County/Maxwell game will be in next week’s issue.
Imperial 31
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    2    0    1-2    2    5
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kayla Brown    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    1    0    0-0    0    2
Jilanne German    1    0    0-0    3    2
Lexee Reichert    3    0    0-0    4    6
Karlee Palmer    1    2    0-0    0    8
Alexis Tropf    1    0    0-0    1    2
Shannon Liewer    2    0    2-4    1    6
Carolina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
Catarina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    11    2    3-6    11    31
Perkins County 55
M. Hite 7, J. Day 9, B. Poppe 12, K. Beck 2, T. Metcalf 6, J. Sis 9, L. Burge 2, M. Humphrey 2, T. Osler 2, S. Metcalf 4.
Perkins County’s totals: 2 pt. FG—20; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—6-12; Fouls—10; TP—55.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    9    5  9  8—31
Perkins County    13  15 17 10—55