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By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

    Chase County was on the road for its final two regular season games last week in Wauneta and Hershey.
    The Lady Longhorns dropped both games, as they again gave up too many turnovers and could muster field goal shooting only in the 20 percent range.
    In both contests, Chase County had to contend with big leads by their opponents in the early part of the game. While they fought back hard in the second half, the deficits were too large to overcome.
    The Lady Longhorns ended their regular season at 5-14 as they entered post-season play this week in Alliance.
Wauneta/Palisade game
    While Chase County outscored Wauneta/Palisade in the second half, a 13-point deficit from the first two quarters was too much to overcome, as the Lady Longhorns lost a 43-31 contest at Wauneta.
    Chase County was held to just 13 points in the first half against the Lady Broncos, as their opponents put up 26 points, helped by the Lady Broncos’ Tia Simpson. She hit three treys in the first quarter, sparking their offense early.
    Chase County Coach Marc Mroczek said they concentrated on stopping Wauneta/Palisade’s leading scorer, Bethany Riener, and did hold her to nine points. But, Simpson stepped up and scored 19 to lead all scorers that night.
    “We did fight back in the second half, but just couldn’t get over the hump to make a run at them,” Mroczek said.
    After being down by as much as 20 points in the second half, the Lady Longhorns cut the lead to about nine.
    The Lady Longhorns missed a lot of easy shots inside early in the game, Mroczek said, and were hampered by turnovers.
    “We got pressured and then didn’t handle it well,” Mroczek added.
    Both teams shot nine of 28 for a 32 percent mark, but the Lady Broncos had four treys to Chase County’s three. The real difference was at the free throw line, though, where Wauneta/Palisade hit 13 of 18 compared to Chase County’s four of 10.
    Turnovers were also a factor, as Wauneta/Palisade committed just 10 while Chase County had 26.
    Chase County did control the boards, outrebounding the Lady Broncos 33 to 18. Morgan and Molly Strand led Chase County with 11 and nine rebounds.
    Morgan Strand led Chase County’s scoring with 15. Molly Strand contributed four assists and Kim Brophy had four steals.
Imperial 31
    2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
    FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Shayla Dinnel    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    0    0    0-0    0    0
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jilanne German    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jackie Smith    0    0    0-0    0    0
Nichole Dickey    1    1    0-0    3    5
Karlee Palmer    0    1    0-0    3    3
Karlee Kunnemann    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kim Brophy    1    1    0-0    3    5
Shannon Liewer    0    0    0-0    0    0
Carolina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
Molly Strand    1    0    0-4    4    2
Morgan Strand    6    0    3-4    4    15
Lexee Reichert    0    0    1-2    1    1
TOTALS    9    3    4-10    18    31
Wauneta-Palisade 43
T. Simpson 19, K. Flaig 6, B. Riener 9, S. Riener 2, B. Dixon 7.
Wauneta-Palisade’s totals: 2 pt. FG—9; 3 pt. FG—4; FT/FTA—13-18; Fouls—12; TP—43.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    9   4 10 8—31
Wauneta-Palisade    16  10  8 9—43
Hershey game
    It’s hard to beat a team that shoots 48 percent from the field.
    That’s what Chase County’s girls faced Saturday at Hershey, and could match Hershey’s two-point shooting with only a 25 percent mark (eight of 32).
    Chase County lost their final regular season game, 52-36.
    A lot of Hershey’s points came easily after forcing a Chase County turnover or by grabbing the offensive rebounds, Mroczek said.
    “They got a lot of easy layups after our turnovers,” he said.
    Hershey led by 15 points at the half, but about 10 of those points came after Hershey grabbed the offensive rebound, Mroczek said.
    Chase County came back strong after halftime and scored 18 in the third quarter. Mroczek said his team did a better job of attacking the basket and getting the ball inside to the post.
    However, the Lady Panthers were able to match Chase County’s third quarter scoring with 16 of their own.
    While they cut Hershey’s lead to 10, they couldn’t overcome the difference in the first half.
    Mroczek said they didn’t have the balanced scoring they needed to beat a team like Hershey. Morgan Strand had 19 in the game, but only four others scored in the single digits.    
    He credited freshman Shannon Liewer who came off the bench, scoring four points and grabbing six rebounds. She filled in for Jilanne German who was sick Saturday.
    Also grabbing six rebounds each were Nichole Dickey and Molly Strand. Kim Brophy was credited with four assists in the game.
Imperial 36
    2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/        
    FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Shayla Dinnel    0    0    0-0    0    0
Chantal Heathers    0    0    0-0    0    0
Michaela Ketter    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jackie Smith    0    0    0-0    0    0
Nichole Dickey    0    0    4-4    2    4
Karlee Palmer    0    0    0-0    2    0
Karlee Kunnemann    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kim Brophy    0    1    0-1    5    3
Shannon Liewer    0    1    1-2    1    4
Carolina Ramos    0    0    0-0    0    0
Molly Strand    3    0    0-0    2    6
Morgan Strand    5    0    9-12    1    19
Lexee Reichert    0    0    0-0    2    0
TOTALS    8    2    14-19    15    36
Hershey 52
J. Schomp 12, A. Kuroki 5, M. Munson 19, D. Elsasser 7, T. Dobbins 8, C. Huebner 1.
Hershey’s totals: 2 pt. FG—19; 3 pt. FG—2; FT/FTA—8-13; Fouls—15; TP—52.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    5   8 18 5—36
Hershey    13  15 16 8—52

 

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