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First win still sought

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

They continue to play hard and showed improvement over the opening week of games, but the Lady Longhorn basketball team is still looking for their first win of the season.
They will have three chances to do that this week, and all of them will be on the home hardwoods.
After hosting Sutherland Tuesday night, Garden County will be in town Friday, followed by a Saturday night game against Southwest. Friday and Saturday both open with JV games at 4:30 p.m.
Garden County in Oshkosh is 2-2 this week, while Southwest sports a 3-2 record.
Coach Nancy Sorensen said she expects to see a variety of defenses from the Lady Eagles Friday, and they’ll have a couple of seniors back who contributed last year when Chase County took the win.
Southwest has a new coach this year, Sorensen noted, so isn’t sure what to expect from the Lady Rough Riders. Southwest won by eight last year.
Chase County will also be home next Thursday, Dec. 20, against Dundy County/Stratton before the five-day moratorium, Dec. 21-26. Dundy County/Stratton held a 3-2 record this week.
The Lady Longhorns will close out 2012 at the Cabela’s Holiday Shootout in Sidney, Dec. 27-29, with a game each of three days in the eight-team tournament.
Sidney game
Chase County again battled low scoring in the first quarter against Sidney, putting them in a big hole out of which they had to dig.
That didn’t happen, and Sidney took a 44-24 win.
Sidney went up quickly, 10-0, before Chase County was on the board with a free throw from Jodi Koellner with 2:20 left in the quarter.
Sidney was a scrappy team, strong on defense and forced Chase County into too many turnovers. After breaking their press, the Lady Longhorns too often then lost the ball on a steal or forced pass.
That forced several fouls, and Sidney was at the line a lot in the opening quarter, sinking five of their 14 points from there in the first eight minutes.
Overall, Sidney was 14 of 27 on free throws (53 percent), while Chase County was at the line just eight times, and hit just two of them (25 percent).
Coach Sorensen said that after watching film of the game, it was evident her team needs to take better care of the ball.
But, there were some good things seen in the game, too.
Behind by 18 points late in the second quarter, the Lady Longhorns had a good string of offense, outscoring Sidney 13-2 and pulling within nine points late in the third. They are taking more shots, she said.
But in the fourth, their offense stalled again, scoring just three points on a trey from Bridget Langin, who led Chase County’s scoring with 10.
Sorensen said they need to get more offensive rebounds, a problem for Chase County in both games last week.
From the field, the Lady Longhorns were eight of 37 (22 percent), while Sidney hit nine of 38 (24 percent).
Sidney had four treys to Chase County’s two. The big difference was on free throws.
In rebounds, Sidney finished with 33 to Chase County’s 30. Bethany Sorensen and Kaycee Bubak each had six.
Sorensen also had two assists, while Bubak was credited with three steals.
Imperial 24
2 PT.  3 PT.   FT/    
FG     FG     FTA       F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    3    0
Cheyanne Kuhlmann    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kristen Jussel    3    0    0-0    4    6
Makala Bartels    1    0    0-0    1    2
Bethany Sorensen    0    0    0-0    4    0
Kaycee Bubak    0    0    1-2    3    1
Makenna Wallin    0    0    0-0    0    0
Paige Spady    0    0    0-0    2    0
Bridget Langin    2    2    0-3    0    10
Kelsey Wood    0    0    0-0    0    0
Anna Bauerle    1    0    0-0    0    2
Jodi Koellner    1    0    1-3    3    3
TOTALS    8    2    2-8    20    24
Sidney 44
A. Porter 3, S. Mahr 7, S. Krueger 6, M. Malzahn 5, K. Segelke 12, K. Cole 3, C. Rowley 6, M. Linneman 2.
Sidney’s totals: 2 pt. FG—9; 3 pt. FG—4; FT/FTA—14-27; Fouls—10; TP—44.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    3    7    11    3—24
Sidney    14    12    7    11—44
Ogallala game
It was a much closer contest at Ogallala Saturday, as the Lady Longhorns lost by six, 41-35.
Again, the difference came at the free throw line, where Ogallala scored 13 more points than Chase County, well beyond the six-point deficit in the final score.
Seven of Ogallala’s free throws were scored in the fourth quarter, when Chase County was forced to foul as Ogallala stalled to hold onto their lead.
“And, they had some good free throw shooters,” Sorensen said.    
Offensive rebounds were again low for Chase County, as they grabbed just five in the game and 24 defensively. Leading rebounders were Langin and Bubak, with 12 and eight, respectively. Sorensen tallied five assists.
Despite shooting better from the field and on threes, the 13-point difference at the free throw line was crucial, Sorensen said.
From two-point range, Chase County was 13 of 33 for 39 percent, while Ogallala hit 11 of 32 for 34 percent.
From beyond the arc, Chase County was two of six, while Ogallala dropped in one of seven.
Bubak led Chase County’s scoring with 10, with another seven from Sorensen.
Imperial 35
2 PT.  3 PT.   FT/    
FG     FG     FTA       F    TP
Morgan Fisher    1    0    0-0    2    2
Cheyanne Kuhlmann    0    0    0-0    0    0
Makala Bartels    0    0    1-2    1    1
Bethany Sorensen    3    0    1-2    4    7
Kaycee Bubak    5    0    0-1    3    10
Makenna Wallin    0    0    0-0    0    0
Paige Spady    2    0    0-1    2    4
Bridget Langin    1    1    1-3    1    6
Kelsey Wood    0    0    0-0    0    0
Valeria Cervantes    0    0    0-2    0    0
Anna Bauerle    0    1    0-0    1    3
Jodi Koellner    1    0    0-0    3    2
TOTALS    13    2    3-11    17    35
Ogallala 41
J. Giesert 3, J. Paloucek 11, C. Kay 5, K. Berg 10, J. Paloucek 4, S. Arensdorf 2, C. Voycheske 4.
Ogallala’s totals: 2 pt. FG—11; 3 pt. FG—0; FT/FTA—16-26; Fouls—15; TP—41.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    11    9    7    8—35
Ogallala    13    10    9    9—41

Sorensen said her team is showing improvement. They continue to be tenacious in attempts to break their opponents’ press and, on defense, get better each game, she said.
However, turnovers have to drop, work harder for the offensive rebounds and sharpen their shooting.
Injuries take toll
Starter Kristen Jussel did not see action Saturday in Ogallala after an ankle sprain  late in Friday’s game after coming down from a layup. It’s uncertain when she will be able to play next, but was off her crutches early this week, Sorensen said.
MaKenna Ketter continues to do physical therapy for a hamstring injury, and Emma Bauerle is still not seeing action due to a thumb injury. When both sophomores will return remains a question, too, she said.