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Girls have trouble getting offense going in tourney PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Chase County lost both of its games in the girls’ SPVA Conference tourney last week in North Platte, settling for a sixth place finish.
In both games against Perkins County and Sutherland, the Lady Longhorns got down early on the scoreboard, forcing them to play catch-up.
And, it didn’t help Chase County’s cause in Saturday’s consolation game when Sutherland’s Katelynn Stewart hit six treys, four of them coming in the fourth quarter.
Chase County Coach Marc Mroczek is working with his team this week to regroup, as they travel to Sutherland for a rematch Friday night.
“We’ll have to work hard this week on defense and our shooting,” Mroczek said.
Playing Sutherland in back-to-back games within a week offers its challenges. Mroczek said they definitely will be changing around the defense on the Lady Sailors in their game this Friday.
Action in Sutherland Friday starts at 5 p.m. MT with the JV contest, followed by the varsity matchup. This Friday features only girls’ games at Sutherland.
Sutherland is 2-11 this week after the conference tournament, while the Lady Longhorns sport a 4-9 record.
The Lady Longhorns will be at home Saturday night against Holyoke, which will also feature boys’ basketball.
On the girls’ side, action starts at 4 p.m. in the Longhorn gym with the JV game. There will be no C girls’ game.
Varsity girls, then the varsity boys follow the girls’ JV game in the Longhorn gym Saturday night.
Tuesday’s 9-10 game in McCook was moved to next Thursday, Feb. 4, at 5:15 p.m. MT.
Sutherland game
After trailing 5-11 at the end of the first quarter, Chase County stormed back to score 10 unanswered points, taking a 15-11 lead midway through the second quarter.
But, Chase County’s offense stalled again, as they scored just two more points the last half of the quarter, while Sutherland got their offense back on track, and led 23-17 at the half.
The Lady Longhorns outscored Sutherland in the third, 11 to five, knotting the game 28-28, but that surge of three-pointers from Sutherland’s Steward in the final eight minutes gave the sixth-seeded Lady Sailors the 44-38 win.
In that crucial last eight minutes, Chase County missed a couple of easy baskets and also missed six free throws.
Mroczek wasn’t sure if it was the early morning game Saturday, but his team wasn’t consistent.
“We did some good things on defense at times, but when they did break our press, we weren’t rotating and gave up too many shots,” he said.
Particularly in the fourth quarter, their attempts to contain Sutherland’s three-point shooting failed.
Chase County hit just one trey in the game from freshmen Bethany Sorensen in the first quarter. Ten other attempts from the team missed.
Chase County bettered Sutherland from two-point range, but their 50% free throw shooting (9 of 18) hurt. Sutherland sunk 12 of 20 free throws (60%).
Sutherland, with a couple of lofty players, outrebounded Chase County 29 to 10. Sutherland also had nine blocked shots against the Lady Longhorns.
Lexee Reichert led the scoring for Chase County with 10. Alexis Tropf added eight points.
Shannon Liewer had five rebounds, six steals and five assists to lead the squad.
Imperial 38
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    1    0    2-6    4    4
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kayla Brown    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    0    1    0-0    4    3
Jilanne German    0    0    1-2    1    1
Lexee Reichert    4    0    2-2    4    10
Karlee Palmer    2    0    2-2    3    6
Alexis Tropf    3    0    2-4    2    8
Shannon Liewer    3    0    0-2    3    6
Carolina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
Catarina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    13    1    9-18    21    38
Sutherland 44
Hopping 2, Stewart 22, VanSkiver 14, Hecht 3, Fleecs 3.
Sutherland’s totals: 2 pt. FG—7; 3 pt. FG—6; FT/FTA—12-20; Fouls—16; TP—44.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    5  12 11 10—38
Sutherland    11  12 5 16—44
Perkins County game
Chase County never could recover from 14-6 deficit after the first quarter, as they faced Perkins County in the tournament’s first round game Jan. 18.
The 20-15 halftime score was the closest the Lady Longhorns would get to the eventual tournament champions from Perkins County.
A trey from Shannon Liewer at the start of the fourth quarter pulled them within six points, but the Lady Longhorns ran out of gas, eventually losing, 49-32.
Starter Alexis Tropf didn’t play in last Monday’s game after getting sick enroute to the game. Coach Mroczek said they missed her height against the quick Perkins County team.
Chase County hit just nine of 39 from two-point range (23%), while Perkins County was 22 of 54 (41%).
However, it was a better night on free throws for the Lady Longhorns as they hit eight of 12 (67%) compared to five of 17 (29%) for Perkins County.
Jilanne German and Lexee Rei-chert both score 12 points in the game. German was also the team’s leading rebounder with eight.
In other stats, Reichert had four steals and four assists to lead Chase County.
Perkins County upset both top-seeded Hershey in the semi-finals last Thursday and No. 2 seed North Platte St. Pat’s Saturday in the finals to win the SPVA championship for another year.

Imperial 32
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    0    0    0-0    1    0
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kayla Brown    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    0    0    0-0    2    0
Jilanne German    4    0    4-5    2    12
Lexee Reichert    4    0    4-6    3    12
Karlee Palmer    0    1    0-0    1    3
Shannon Liewer    1    1    0-1    4    5
Carolina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
Catarina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    9    2    8-12    13    32
Perkins County 49
Hite 8, Day 8, Poppe 2, Beck 4, Metcalf 12, Sis 12, Humphrey 3.
Perkins County’s totals: 2 pt. FG—22; 3 pt. FG—0; FT/FTA—5-17; Fouls—12; TP—49.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    6  9 12 5—32
Perkins County    14  6 14 15—49