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Varsity girls take short end of three-game series PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Chase County’s three-game winning streak came to a halt last week when the Lady Longhorn varsity team lost three straight games over a four-day period.
Coach Nancy Sorensen was hopeful her team could put the losses behind them this week as they entered the SPVA Conference tournament.
The three-game skid came after the Lady Longhorns won the Perkins County Holiday Tournament in December, then took a one-point overtime win in Holyoke two weeks ago.
Last week, the Chase County losses were to Southern Valley, Perkins County and Gothenburg, dropping their season record to 4-10.
Sorensen said the team was tired after playing three games in four days, two of them on the road.
But, she said her team needs to be prepared mentally this week to compete in the SPVA.
“That’s half the battle,” she said.
“But, we also need to protect the ball, avoid turnovers and play good defense. We have a shot,” she said of doing well in the SPVA tourney.
After the conclusion of the tournament this Saturday, the Lady Longhorns won’t have much rest.
They will be on the road to Haxtun, Colo., Tuesday, Jan. 25, for JV and varsity contests starting at 4 p.m.
Then, after a full week’s break, the varsity team will travel to Wray, Colo., on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
After that, there are only four varsity games left before the varsity girls’ subdistrict tournament Feb. 14, 15 and 17 in McCook.
Southern Valley game
Chase County couldn’t match up with an offensively-hot Southern Valley team Jan. 11, as they took the short end of a 76-35 contest.
But when an opponent hits five treys in the first quarter, and finishes with nine in the game, it’s hard to stay with them unless your team’s doing the same.
Three of the first four shots So. Valley connected on were treys.
“That put us in a hole early,” Sorensen said, as they trailed 23-9 after the first quarter.
In addition to So. Valley’s outside shooting, they were 45 percent (19 of 42) from two-point range and hit 11 of 17 free throws (65%).
Sorensen said So. Valley liked to push the ball and work it in, but if they weren’t successful, shot the three-pointer.
Chase County scored on two treys from Lexee Reichert, who led the team in scoring with 12 points.
The Lady Longhorns were 10 of 32 from two-point range (31%) and nine of 18 on free throws (50%).
Adding to Chase County’s offense were eight points each from Shannon Liewer and Alexis Tropf.
Imperial 35
2 PT.  3 PT.   FT/    
FG     FG     FTA       F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    1    0    2-3    2    4
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    3    0
Kacia Smith    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kristen Jussel    0    0    0-0    1    0
Bethany Sorensen    0    0    0-0    0    0
Lexee Reichert    3    2    0-0    2    12
Alexis Tropf    3    0    2-4    1    8
Emma Engbrecht    0    0    0-0    2    0
Bridget Langin    1    0    1-2    2    3
Shannon Liewer    2    0    4-7    3    8
Anna Bauerle    0    0    0-2    0    0
TOTALS    10    2    9-18    16    35
Southern Valley 76
Carlson 3, Lenneman 4, Hoxmeier 3, Quinn 26, Brooks 13, Nielsen 13, Sadd 6, Wilte 2, Becker 6.
Southern Valley’s totals: 2 pt. FG—20; 3 pt. FG—9; FT/FTA—11-23; Fouls—17; TP—76.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    9  12   7 7—35
Southern Valley    23  19 19 15—76
Perkins County game
Chase County’s 47-32 loss to Perkins County was especially tough after beating the Lady Plainsmen just nine days earlier in the holiday tournament finals.
But the 15-point deficit doesn’t reflect the intensity of the game.
While Chase County did get behind early, trailing 10-4 after the first quarter and 21-13 at halftime, they kept fighting.
Falling behind as much as 20 points in the third quarter, Chase County pulled within 11 halfway through the fourth but couldn’t contend with some hot shooting from Perkins County.
Chase County was also haunted by 36 turnovers in the game, and was outrebounded.
From two-point range, Chase County hit 14 of 37 (38%), while Perkins County was 21 of 44 (48%).
Chase County had just two chances from the free throw line, and hit one, while Perkins County was five of 18.
Chantal Heathers sunk the only three-pointer of the game, though Chase County had eight attempts. Their opponents were 0-2 on treys.
Liewer led the scoring for Chase County with nine, while Reichert and Tropf each added eight.
Imperial 32
2 PT.  3 PT.   FT/    
FG     FG     FTA       F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    1    1    0-0    1    5
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    3    0
Kacia Smith    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kristen Jussel    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    1    0    0-0    1    2
Lexee Reichert    4    0    0-0    5    8
Alexis Tropf    4    0    0-0    3    8
Emma Engbrecht    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bridget Langin    0    0    0-0    0    0
Shannon Liewer    4    0    1-2    5    9
Anna Bauerle    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    14    1    1-2    18    32
Perkins County 47
Day 14, Prante 3, Osler 2, T. Metcalf 11, Hoffert 1, Pollard 8, S. Metcalf 8.
Perkins County’s totals: 2 pt. FG—21; 3 pt. FG—0; FT/FTA—5-18; Fouls—11; TP—47.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    4  9   8  11—32
Perkins County    10 11 18 8—47
Gothenburg game
It was a real heartbreaker at Gothenburg Friday, as Chase County lost a close one, 46-43.
The Lady Longhorns trailed most of the game, but had a 17-point fourth quarter to make it a game, while Gothenburg scored just 12 the final eight minutes.
Coach Sorensen said her team was forced to foul to try to get the ball late in the game, and the Lady Swedes hit their free throws, making eight of nine in the final quarter.
Overall, Gothenburg was 12 of 15 on free throws, but Chase County was also at 80 percent from the line, making eight of 10.
“How often do you see both teams shoot so well” on free throws, she asked.
Chase County had better shooting from two-point range, 16 of 38 (42%), compared to Gothenburg’s 14 of 40 (35%).
Heathers again hit Chase County’s only trey in the game, while the lady Swedes scored on two three-pointers.
Reichert led the team in scoring with 14 points. Heathers added nine, and Tropf had eight.
Liewer led the team in rebounds with 10, and also had five steals and four assists.
Imperial 43
2 PT.  3 PT.   FT/    
FG     FG     FTA       F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    1    0
Chantal Heathers    3    1    0-0    2    9
Michaela Ketter    1    0    0-0    2    2
Kacia Smith    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kristen Jussel    0    0    0-0    1    0
Bethany Sorensen    1    0    0-0    1    2
Lexee Reichert    5    0    4-4    4    14
Alexis Tropf    4    0    0-0    4    8
Emma Engbrecht    0    0    0-0    0    0
Bridget Langin    0    0    1-2    1    1
Shannon Liewer    2    0    3-4    2    7
Anna Bauerle    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    16    1    8-10    18    43
Gothenburg 46
Clark 4, Eggteston 4, Geiken 5, Wiggins 17, Wolf 7, Franzan 9.
Gothenburg’s totals: 2 pt. FG—14; 3 pt. FG—2; FT/FTA—12-15; Fouls—12; TP—46.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    12    5   9 17—43
Gothenburg    14  10 10 12—46

 

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