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Girls’ varsity looking to get back on winning track PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

The Lady Longhorns are hoping to turn things around in this week’s SPVA conference tourney, which for the girls’ division, started Monday in North Platte.
Coming into the week-long tournament at Mid-Plains Community College, Chase County dropped back-to-back games last Thursday and Friday to Perkins County and Gothenburg.
Coach Marc Mroczek said his team struggled a bit with shooting both nights, as they still try to match their season’s best of 36% from the field opening weekend against Goodland.
The Lady Longhorns entered the conference tourney this week with a 4-7 record.
Perkins County game
It was a competitive first two quarters between Chase County and the Lady Plainsmen in Grant last Thursday.     
Just four points separated the two teams at the half, and it would have been tied had not Chase County given up two quick layups in the last 30 seconds of the half.    
That gave Perkins County the momentum heading into the lockerroom, Mroczek said.
“We just couldn’t get anything going in the third quarter,” he said, scoring just five points.
Perkins County was able to capitalize on free throws the final eight minutes, hitting eight of 10 attempts.
While Karlee Palmer hit three treys in the game to highlight the Chase County offense, it wasn’t enough to carry them.
Coach Mroczek said it was good to see his team pull within five points of tying it in the fourth quarter.
“But, we just couldn’t get over the hump, or get our shots to fall,” he said.
Chase County went on to lose the battle, 39-26.
Palmer’s nine points (three of four on treys) led Chase County’s scoring, while Lexee Reichert added eight. Alexis Tropf put up seven.
From the field, the Lady Longhorns were 22% (seven of 32). Perkins County hit 10 of 45 for the same 22% mark. Perkins County also matched Chase County’s three treys.
But the difference in the game shows up in the free throw stats, where Perkins County hit 10 of 14 (71%), and Chase County was three of six (50%).
Reichert led the team in rebounds with seven, while Shannon Liewer was credited with three steals and three assists.
Imperial 26
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    0    0    0-0    2    0
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kayla Brown    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jilanne German    0    0    0-2    2    0
Lexee Reichert    3    0    2-2    5    8
Karlee Palmer    0    3    0-0    1    9
Alexis Tropf    3    0    1-2    3    7
Shannon Liewer    1    0    0-0    1    2
Carolina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
Catarina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    7    3    3-6    14    26
Perkins County 26
Hite 9, Day 8, Poppe 2, Sis 6, Burge 5, Humphrey 5, Metcalf 2, Dahlkoetter 2.
Perkins County’s totals: 2 pt. FG—10; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—10-14; Fouls—9; TP—39.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    7  7 5 7—26
Perkins County    12  6 9 12—39
Gothenburg game
It was a slow start on the home court Friday, as Chase County scored just five points against Gothenburg’s 14 in the first quarter.
Things turned around in the second quarter, however, as Chase County pulled within four points of tying the game, 13-17.
But that scoring spurt didn’t continue for Chase County. They were held to just eight points in the second half.
Coach Mroczek credited a formidable man-to-man defense from Gothenburg that held Chase County to just single digit scoring all four quarters, as the Lady Longhorns fell 36-21.
Gothenburg’s defense had a lot to do with Chase County’s 18% shooting from the field.     
“We just had no good looks at the basket,” Mroczek said.
The Lady Swedes edged the home team by just one basket and a free throw in the contest, but their three-point shooting put the game out of reach. In addition, Chase   County got only one three-point shot off in the game and missed, while Gothenburg scored on four treys.
Imperial’s leading scorer, Lexee Reichert, sustained a head injury when she fell to the floor midway through the third quarter. She didn’t play the rest of the game, and didn’t score in the contest.
That hurt, as she averages 12.7 points per game.
Coach Mroczek said she was cleared by her parents to play this week in the conference tourney.            Jilanne German led the scoring for Chase County with eight, while Liewer added seven. Liewer also had 11 rebounds and five steals in the game.    
Chase County finished with 18% field goal shooting (eight of 45), and 36% at the line (five of 14).
Imperial 21
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    0    0    0-2    0    0
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kayla Brown    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    1    0    0-2    0    2
Jilanne German    3    0    2-4    4    8
Lexee Reichert    0    0    0-1    2    0
Karlee Palmer    1    0    1-2    1    3
Alexis Tropf    0    0    1-2    4    1
Shannon Liewer    3    0    1-1    3    7
Carolina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
Catarina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    8    0    5-14    14    21
Gothenburg 36
Abramson 8, Prall 5, Clark 2, Paul 2, Max 9, Eggleston 4, Peterson 6.
Gothenburg’s totals: 2 pt. FG—9; 3 pt. FG—4; FT/FTA—6-7; Fouls—17; TP—36.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    5  8  4 4—21
Gothenburg    14  3 12 7—36