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Lady Longhorns upend Sutherland; lose to Holyoke PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Having just played Sutherland six days earlier, and losing, Chase County got its revenge Friday with a 54-45 victory over the Lady Sailors on Sutherland’s home court.
Coach Marc Mroczek was happy to see a win after five straight losses since the holiday break.
And, it was a great win.
Chase County matched its best field goal shooting of the year at 36% (13 of 36), and the team also hit four treys (40%).
And, at the free throw line, where they have also struggled as of late, the Lady Longhorns finished at 62% for the night (16 of 26).
At the start of the game, however, it appeared it may be a repeat of Chase County’s loss to Sutherland in the SPVA tournament’s fifth place consolation game.    
On Chase County’s first five possessions in the opening quarter, they turned over the ball three times.
But, the team fought back “and got on a roll” later in the first quarter, Mroczek said.
Lexee Reichert, who would end up with 27 points in the game, hit one of her two treys in the game to jump-start the offense, and Chase County went on to lead 17-5 at the end of the quarter.
Chase County added 18 more the second quarter, leading 35-22 at halftime.
Sutherland outscored the Lady Longhorns in the second half, but the big lead they had built the first two quarters held on.
Chase County had a little scare in the second quarter when Sutherland’s Katelynn Stewart knocked down a trio of three-pointers.
However, she scored just two more points that quarter, and those 11 points were all she tallied.
In the SPVA consolation game, Stewart hit six treys against Chase County to seal that six-point win for Sutherland.
Mroczek credited Shannon Liewer for holding Stewart in check. Chase County switched to a box and one defense and Liewer was assigned to Steward.
“Shannon did a good job frustrating her,” Mroczek said.
Reichert’s game-leading 27 points came from six two-pointers, a pair of treys and a 9-11 mark from the free throw line.
Liewer added eight points to the Chase County offense and had three steals.
Reichert had 11 of Chase County’s 32 rebounds, while Alexis Tropf was credited with 10 on the boards. Chantal Heathers led the team in assists with four.
Imperial 54
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    0-0    1    0
Kayla Brown    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    1    1    0-0    2    5
Jilanne German    1    0    2-2    3    4
Lexee Reichert    6    2    9-11    4    27
Alexis Tropf    2    0    1-6    4    5
Shannon Liewer    2    0    4-5    5    8
Carolina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    13    4    16-26    23    54
Sutherland 45
Hopping 8, Stewart 11, Tilford 2, VanSkiver 3, Rongisch 2, Miller 1, Hecht 10, Fleecs 8.
Sutherland’s totals: 2 pt. FG—9; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—18-27; Fouls—17; TP—45.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    17  18 13 6—54
Sutherland    5  17 14 9—45
Holyoke game
It looked like it would be a battle until the end of the game Saturday when the Lady Longhorns hosted Holyoke, Colo.
It was a low-scoring first half, and the teams were knotted 13-13 after two quarters.
But Holyoke came out after the break and shot lights out, while Chase County started the second half a bit flat, Mroczek said.
Holyoke had a 36-point second half as the Lady Longhorns put up only 13.
“Holyoke switched to a man-to-man second half and we just didn’t execute well,” Mroczek said.
And, Holyoke hit six treys in the game, compared to one by Chase County.
With just 10 players now on the bench for Chase County due to injuries, fatigue also set in second half, contributing to their struggled on offense.
Holyoke ended up with the 49-26 win.
The Lady Longhorns shot just seven of 36 from the field for 15%. Holyoke didn’t shoot a whole lot better from two-point range, nine of 38 for 24%. They made it up beyond the arc and also had a little better mark at the free throw line.
Reichert was held to eight points in the game to lead Chase County’s scoring. She and Tropf each grabbed six rebounds, while Liewer had five steals.
Mroczek said his team did a good job containing Holyoke’s Marissa Smith in the first half when she did not score. She did have a big second half, though, finishing with 16 to lead Holyoke’s scoring.
Chase County played both games last week without starting point guard Karlee Palmer.
The CCS junior injured her shooting hand at practice last week. Mroczek isn’t certain when she’ll be able to return.
Imperial 26
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    1    1    2-4    0    7
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    1    0
Kayla Brown    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    1    0    0-3    4    2
Jilanne German    1    0    1-2    2    3
Lexee Reichert    2    0    4-4    2    8
Alexis Tropf    2    0    0-0    3    4
Shannon Liewer    0    0    1-7    4    1
Carolina Ramos    0    0    1-2    0    1
TOTALS    7    1    8-22    16    26
Holyoke, Colo. 49
Smith 16, Pella 5, Fricke 4, Vasa 6, Bennett 2, Beavers 13, Roth 3.
Holyoke’s totals: 2 pt. FG—9; 3 pt. FG—6; FT/FTA—11-20; Fouls—18; TP—49.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    8  5    8  5—26
Holyoke    5  8 15 21—49
At St. Pat’s Friday night,
Lady Broncos here Tuesday

The Lady Longhorns will be on the road Friday to North Platte St. Pat’s, whose varsity team is 12-4 this week.
Action in North Platte starts with the JV games at 3:30 p.m. MT, followed by girls’ varsity, then boys.
On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Lady Longhorns will be back on the home court to face 8-8 Wauneta-Palisade. Action starts at 4 p.m. with the JV games, followed by girls’ and boys’ varsity.
Saturday, Feb. 13, will be the final regular season game against Hershey in Imperial. That night also includes Parents’ Night activities.