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Longhorns to face Sutherland in regular season finale and subdistrict opener PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

The Longhorns will get to see plenty of the Sutherland Sailors, playing them twice over a four-day span.
On Friday, the Longhorns will travel to Sutherland for the regular season finale.
Then, on Monday, Feb. 22, the Longhorns will face the Sailors again in the play-in game of the C2-11 subdistrict in McCook.
The last time the two teams met, Chase County took a 51-41 overtime win from the Sailors in the fifth-place game at the SPVA tournament.
Both teams have struggled this season with the Longhorns bringing in a 3-14 record into Friday’s match-up while Sutherland comes in at 4-14. The Longhorns are seeded fourth, via wildcard points, while Sutherland is fifth.
The winner of the play-in game Monday will play top-seeded North Platte St. Pat’s on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Perkins County and Dundy County will square off on the other side of the bracket.
A bracket with times and location appears below.
Longhorns fall to Wauneta-
Palisade and Hershey last week

The Longhorns suffered another pair of regular season losses last week, losing to the Wauneta-Palisade Broncos Tuesday, Feb. 9, and then to Hershey Panthers on Friday night, Feb. 12.
The Longhorns struggled with the Broncos’ press early in the game.
“We just didn’t handle their press,” Coach Carl Zuege said. “Everyone had a hand in the turnovers.”
The Broncs capitalized on their turnovers to build a 30-11 lead over the Longhorns midway in the second quarter.
The Longhorns rallied back in the final three minutes of the first half, going on a 10-3 run, to cut the deficit to 12, 21-33, at the halftime break.
In the third quarter, the Broncs converted some early Longhorn turnovers to reopen a big lead.
Trailing 23-35, the Longhorns gave up three consecutive treys to the Broncs to fall behind by 21, 23-44.
Jake Burke knocked down a trey near the end of the third and Tanner Stromberger hit the opening bucket of the fourth quarter to spark a run by the Longhorns.
Charlie Haarberg hit a bucket, followed by back-to-back treys by Jeff Banks and one from Alex Strand and the Longhorns were within eight, 39-47.
A bucket by Strand with 3:02 left pulled the Longhorns within six, 41-47.
With another bucket by Strand and another trey by Banks, the Longhorns got to within five, 46-51, with 1:22 left to play.
Then, the Longhorns were forced to foul and the Broncos added five free throws in the final minute to secure the win.
Banks led the team with 12 while Stromberger finished with 8.
Imperial 46
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kyle Bottom    3    0    0-0    5    6
Jakob Burke    0    1    0-0    0    3
Shane German    0    0    0-0    0    0
Alex Strand    1    1    3-6    3    8
Adam Moline    0    0    0-0    0    0
Alec Spady    1    0    0-0    1    2
Jeff Banks    0    4    0-0    4    12
Charlie Haarberg    1    0    0-0    3    2
Daniel Regier    1    0    1-2    2    3
Adam Dickey    0    0    0-0    0    0
Brian Bell    0    0    0-0    0    0
Grant Lenners    0    0    0-0    0    0
Tanner Stromberger    5    0    0-2    5    10
TOTALS    12    6    4-10    23    46
Wauneta-Palisade 56
West 14, Bartels 8, Harris 17, Martin 13, Fanning 4.
Wauneta-Palisade’s totals: 2 pt. FG—11; 3 pt. FG—6; FT/FTA—16-30; Fouls—16, TP—56.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    10 11   5 20—46
Wauneta-Palisade    18 15 12 11—56
Hershey
Zuege said the Longhorns just couldn’t get the ball to fall against Hershey in the first half.
Couple that with foul trouble and the Longhorns found themselves trailing 13-4 after one and 19-10 at half.
Zuege said his Longhorns got off to another slow start in the first, failing to get shots to go down.
Hershey gave the Longhorns the three pointer but unfortunately, it wouldn’t fall.
It wasn’t that they were getting bad looks, Zuege said. The shots just wouldn’t fall.
In the first half, the Longhorns went 0-10 from outside the arc, which is uncharacteristic of the team, Zuege said.
In the second half, the Longhorns were able to make a little run, with Banks hitting a jumper and a pair of treys in the end of the third.
Then, Stromberger opened with a pair of buckets in the fourth, followed by another trey by Banks.
However, the run came too late as the Longhorns were forced to send Hershey to the line. In the final eight minutes they shot 22 free throws, making 10 to put the game away.
Banks led the team with 13, followed by Daniel Regier with 10.
Imperial 43
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kyle Bottom    1    1    0-0    5    5
Jakob Burke    0    0    0-0    1    0
Shane German    0    0    0-0    0    0
Alex Strand    3    0    1-1    4    7
Adam Moline    0    0    0-0    0    0
Alec Spady    0    0    0-0    3    0
Jeff Banks    2    3    0-0    4    13
Charlie Haarberg    0    0    2-4    4    2
Daniel Regier    4    0    2-4    3    10
Adam Dickey    0    0    0-0    0    0
Grant Lenners    0    0    0-0    0    0
Tanner Stromberger    3    0    0-0    5    6
TOTALS    13    4    5-9    29    43
Hershey 52
Moore 8, White 1, Pishna 1, Johnson 7, Kuroki 3, Korton 3, Elliott 7, Hiatt 18, Young 4.
Hershey’s totals: 2 pt. FG—12; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—19-42; Fouls—12, TP—52.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    4 6 10 23—43
Hershey    13 6 17 16—52

Boys’ action at Sutherland Friday begins with the jayvee game at 5 p.m MT.

 

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