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Lady Longhorns pull in big win over Wauneta/Palisade

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Saturday night marked the end of the regular season for the Lady Longhorn varsity basketball team, and their final two contests were played on the home Longhorn court.
Chase County split wins in the contests, getting a big win over Wauneta/Palisade Feb. 9, then losing to a strong Hershey team Saturday.
Last week’s outcomes put the Lady Longhorn record at 6-12 as the team entered the C2-11 subdistrict tournament this week in McCook.
CCS Coach Marc Mroczek said last Tuesday’s 50-42 win over Wauneta/Palisade came during his team’s best game of the season.
“It was our best game of the year. We played hard all four quarters, and executed well on both ends of the court,” Mroczek said.
After taking an 8-0 early lead, Chase County never trailed in the contest against the 10-10 Lady Broncos.
While Wauneta/Palisade pulled within three at the end of the first quarter, Chase County surged ahead by eight points again in the second quarter when Karlee Pal­mer hit her third of three treys with three minutes to go until half.
The Lady Broncos came back with a trey themselves and some free throws with under three minutes left, that moved them within three points of tying. Chase County had a five-point lead heading into halftime.
Chase County’s lead increased to seven points again halfway through the third after a bucket from Shannon Liewer, but that was cut back to four, 31-27, on another three-pointer from Wauneta/Palisade with two minutes to go in the third.
But Chase County responded with three unanswered buckets in the final two minutes to go up by 10 the end of the third.
Again, the Lady Broncos threatened in the final quarter as they hit a couple quick buckets, a trey and two free throws, while Chase County could only muster a single free throw in the first three minutes of the quarter. The Lady Broncos were then within three, 38-35.
Just four points separated the teams, 44-40, with 2:30 left in the game, then Alexis Tropf connected for a key basket for the Lady Longhorns with about two minutes left. That put Chase County up 46-40.
Lexee Reichert then connected on a pair of free throws at the 1:40 mark and also added a basket with a minute left, as the Lady Broncos were held to just one basket in the final two and a half minutes.
That secured Chase County’s 50-42 win.
Coach Mroczek said his team’s four quarters of hard play and their determination to win were keys to the victory last Tuesday.
Added to that was good, balanced scoring. None of the Lady Longhorns were in double figures, but seven players scored.
Mroczek said the rivalry between the teams just 20 miles apart was likely a factor, as well.
“We know them, and I felt our girls really wanted to win especially on their home floor,” Mroczek said.
“And, we are playing better here at the end of the season,” he said.
He was counting on that carrying into this week’s subdistrict tournament.
Leading Chase County scorer was Palmer with nine points from her three treys. Jilanne German, Shannon Liewer and Reichert all scored eight.
Chase County had a better shooting mark, hitting 16 of 45 (36%) from two-point range. W/P was 9 of 44 (20%) from the field.
Both teams hit nine free throws, and the Lady Broncos had the edge on threes, making five to Imperial’s three.
W/P also rebounded better, 43 to 36. Reichert and Liewer led Chase County with nine rebounds each.
In other stats, Palmer had three steals and four assists, Reichert had three steals, while Liewer was credited with four assists.
This was the second game in a revived series between the two in-county teams, and the teams are 1-1 after Wauneta/Palisade’s win last year. The two squads were supposed to restart the series in 2008, but snow cancelled the game.
Imperial 50
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    2    0    2-3    4    6
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kayla Brown    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    2    0    0-0    1    4
Jilanne German    1    0    6-9    2    8
Lexee Reichert    4    0    0-0    4    8
Karlee Palmer    0    3    0-1    2    9
Alexis Tropf    3    0    1-2    2    7
Shannon Liewer    4    0    0-1    3    8
Carolina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    16    3    9-16    18    50
Wauneta/Palisade 42
Flaig 8, Reiner 12, Strand 4, Christner 5, Bischoff 2, Hamilton 3, Harchelroad 8.
Wauneta/Palisade’s totals: 2 pt. FG—9; 3 pt. FG—5; FT/FTA—9-20; Fouls—18; TP—42.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    12  11 14 13—50
Wauneta/Palisade    9    9   9 15—42
Hershey game Saturday
Despite losing Saturday night, Coach Mroczek was happy with how his team competed against the 15-4 Hershey Lady Panthers.
Mroczek said they played hard for three quarters and were within single digits of Hershey through three quarters of play.
But, the fourth quarter proved the downfall for Chase County, as Hershey outscored them 16 to seven in those final eight minutes.
“They turned up the pressure in the fourth quarter,” Mroczek said. “We didn’t execute well against their man-to-man.”
Hershey was able to score a number of baskets on easy transitions.
It was just a one-point deficit after the first quarter, and thanks to a late trey in the second, Hershey extended that to just a six-point lead at the half.    
A one-point difference in scoring in the third ended that quarter with Hershey up by seven. Then came the fourth quarter spurt from Hershey, as they secured the 45-29 win.
Chase County had a tough night from two-point range, hitting just seven of 34 (21%). That was matched by Hershey’s 17 of 52 (33%).
The Lady Longhorns made some of that up at the free throw line, where they had one of their better nights, shooting 12 of 19 (63%), compared to Hershey’s eight of 18 (44%). Each team had one trey in the contest.
Palmer again led the Chase County scoring with 12 points, while Reichert put in eight.
Reichert also had 10 rebounds in the contest, three steals and three assists. Palmer and Liewer were also credited with three steals.
Imperial 29
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    0    0    1-2    0    1
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kayla Brown    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    1    0    0-0    1    2
Jilanne German    0    0    0-0    1    0
Lexee Reichert    1    0    6-9    4    8
Karlee Palmer    3    1    3-5    0    12
Alexis Tropf    0    0    0-0    2    0
Shannon Liewer    2    0    2-3    5    6
Carolina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    7    1    12-19    13    29
Hershey 45
Frederick 2, Kuroki 11, Huebner 7, Elsasser 6, Nickolite 2, Linstrom 4, Miller 12, Young 1.
Hershey’s totals: 2 pt. FG—17; 3 pt. FG—1; FT/FTA—8-18; Fouls—17; TP—45.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    7    8 7   7—29
Hershey    8  13 8 16—45


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