By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Free throw shooting again came through for the Lady Longhorn basketball team Friday night, as they took a one-point overtime win in Holyoke, Colo.
The victory came just nine days after Chase County won the Perkins County Holiday Tournament, in which free throws were also a big part in the championship game.
Friday’s victory in Holyoke marked Chase County’s third straight win, as their record went to 4-7.
With seven seconds left at Holyoke and trailing by three points, 51-54, Shannon Liewer scored on a layup after rebounding a missed shot, and was fouled.
Liewer sunk the free throw, tying the game 54-54, but Holyoke still had seven seconds to get the ball down the floor.
They got a shot off, but it fell short, sending the game into a four-minute overtime. It came down to free throws in the overtime period, as both teams did not score outside of the charity stripe.
Both teams were scoreless the first two minutes, then Holyoke’s Marci Vasa was fouled by Lexee Reichert, her fifth, which sent Reichert to the bench. Vasa hit both free throws, putting her team up 56-54 with 2:05 left.
A minute later Bridget Langin was fouled, but missed the front end of a one-and-one, with 1:00 on the clock. Chase County still trailed by two.
Then, Liewer was fouled with 0:27 left, and hit both, tying the game 56-56.
Holyoke failed to score on their possession, and as Liewer drove the base line, was fouled again with 0:19 left.
She hit the front end of the one-and one, but missed the second, putting the team up 57-56.
A last-second shot again from Holyoke missed, and Chase County held onto its one-point win.
Lady Longhorn Coach Nancy Sorensen again praised her team for pulling out the win.
“The entire team stayed persistent, and were smart on defense at the end, too,” she said.
“And, again, the free throws at the end were key,” she said, noting Liewer hit three of four under pressure in the O. T. period.
Sorensen also credited Reichert’s three-point shooting in the contest, as she hit four of nine and led the team in scoring with 18 points.
Liewer was also in double figures with 17, and senior Alexis Tropf added eight.
Chase County had to contend with a taller Holyoke squad Friday, but they played hard and wanted the win, Sorensen said.
Holyoke actually had one more free throw drop than did Chase County, 12 of 26 (46%) vs. 11 of 19 (57%).
From two-point range, Chase County hit 17 of 45 (37%), while Holyoke was 16 of 39 (41%).
Both teams hit four of 12 treys.
2 PT. 3 PT. FT/
FG FG FTA F TP
Morgan Fisher 0 0 0-0 2 0
Chantal Heathers 2 0 0-0 2 4
Michaela Ketter 0 0 2-2 2 2
Kristen Jussel 1 0 0-0 0 2
Bethany Sorensen 1 0 0-2 3 2
Lexee Reichert 2 4 2-4 5 18
Alexis Tropf 3 0 2-2 2 8
Emma Engbrecht 0 0 0-0 0 0
Bridget Langin 2 0 0-1 3 4
Shannon Liewer 6 0 5-8 2 17
TOTALS 17 4 11-19 21 57
Holyoke, Colo. 56
Ham 5, Vasa 10, Gerk 14, Bennett 17, Gerk 2, Vieselmeyer 8.
Holyoke, Colo.’s totals: 2 pt. FG—11; 3 pt. FG—4; FT/FTA—12-26; Fouls—17; TP—56.
Points by quarters:
Imperial 9 18 12 15 3—57
Holyoke 14 11 16 13 2—56
Three games this week,
girls’ SPVA starts Tuesday
After traveling to Southern Valley Tuesday, the Lady Longhorns will be back home tonight (Thursday) as they host Perkins County for a rematch.
The two teams met in the finals of Perkins County’s Holiday Tourney Dec. 29, where Chase County took a six-point championship game win.
The Lady Plainsmen also bring a 4-7 record to Imperial Thursday night, after losing three straight contests.
The JV games start at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by the girls’ varsity, then boys’ varsity in the Longhorn gym.
On Friday, the team will be in Gothenburg, where the Lady Swedes are 1-9 on the season. They picked up their first win in a holiday tournament in December.
Games in Gothenburg start with the JVs at 3:30 p.m. MT.
Next week, the varsity team will compete in the SPVA Conference tournament, where they were seeded sixth and play their first game Tuesday, Jan. 18, against No. 3 Hershey.