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Girls pick up first wins in back-to-back games PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

It was a good weekend for the Lady Longhorn basketball team.
After a tough 0-5 start to the season, the Chase County girls took back-to-back wins Friday and Saturday from Garden County and Southwest.
That lifted their record to 2-5 as the varsity gets ready for just one game on the schedule this week, tonight (Thursday) when 4-3 Dundy County/Stratton comes to town.
Coach Nancy Sorensen said she expects an excellent Lady tiger ball club for Thursday night’s game.
“We will need to defend a good-shooting ball club” that includes a couple of freshman shooters, Sorensen said.
On defense, Dundy County/Stratton will put on a full court press for much of the game, sprinkled with man-to-man pressure, she said.
Action starts at 4 p.m. in two gyms with the JV games. The girls’ varsity will follow in the Longhorn gym, then the boys’ varsity game.
After Thursday’s contests, all Nebraska high schools will be off the court for practice and games during the NSAA’s five-day moratorium which starts Saturday.
The Lady Longhorns will return to action next Thursday, Dec. 27, for the first of a three-day holiday tournament in Sidney.
This is a new holiday tournament for Chase County, which spans three days and three games for both the girls’ and boys’ varsity teams.
The Lady Longhorns’ first opponent will be Douglas, Wyo., with a 2 p.m. start time.
They will also play Friday at 2 p.m., win or lose, with Saturday’s game time, 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., dependent on how they do Friday.
See the accompanying bracket for full information and times.
Garden County first win
The Lady Eagles came into Chase County Friday with two wins this season, but left with a loss as Chase County dominated the game, winning 43-11.
The big win was Chase County’s first of the season.
A big factor in their victory, Sorensen said, was Chase County’s field goal shooting percentage. It was their best of the season at 31 percent (16-51).
Also big was the fact Garden County did not score a point in the second half. Chase County never looked back after leading 10-2 at end of the first and 22-11 at the half.
After the half, the Lady Longhorns went on a 21-0 scoring spree, as everyone on the team got into the game and nine scored.
“It was good to see them (subs) come in and play so well, too,” Sorensen said.
Added to the team’s two-point shooting, Bridget Langin also hit a pair of treys and the team was five of seven from the line (71 percent).
Garden County was four of 30 from the field (13 percent), 0-6 on treys and three of five on free throws.
Langin led the Chase County scoring with 10, with seven each from Bethany Sorensen and Kaycee Bubak.
Coach Sorensen said her team’s offensive rebounding improved immensely in Friday’s game. They had 17 in all, plus 25 on the defensive boards for a total of 42. Bubak was leading rebounder with nine.
In other stats, Morgan Fisher had four steals and three assists.
Imperial 43
2 PT.  3 PT.   FT/    
FG     FG     FTA       F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    0    0
Cheyanne Kuhlmann    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kristen Jussel    1    0    1-1    2    3
Makala Bartels    3    0    0-0    3    6
Bethany Sorensen    2    0    3-4    0    7
Kaycee Bubak    3    0    1-2    2    7
Paige Spady    2    0    0-0    2    4
Bridget Langin    2    2    0-0    2    10
Kelsey Wood    0    0    0-0    0    0
Valeria Cervantes    1    0    0-0    0    2
Anna Bauerle    1    0    0-0    1    2
Jodi Koellner    1    0    0-0    1    2
Mindy Castle    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    16    2    5-7    13    43
Garden County 11
K. Brehmer 1, D. Paisley 4, A. Ehrlich 2, B. Davis 4.
Garden County’s totals: 2 pt. FG—4; 3 pt. FG—0; FT/FTA—3-5; Fouls—8; TP—11.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    10    12    15    6—43
Garden County    2    9    0    0—11
Southwest game
In a much closer game than the night before, Chase County faced a tenacious Southwest team Saturday, but finished strong and won 44-34.
Southwest, too, came into the game with a pair of wins Saturday night.
Coach Sorensen, reviewing Southwest’s previous games, noted they had fairly good scoring efforts so said her team had to perform well against the Lady Rough Riders.
Again offensive rebounds were emphasized with the team, she said, as was taking care of the ball and cutting down on turnovers.
And, they did a better job of shooting more.
Chase County didn’t take as many shots as the night before, but it was improved over previous games, Sorensen said.
They hit 10 of 40 for 25 percent, and Fisher also added two three-pointers.
Southwest was nine of 32 (28 percent) and 0-2 on treys.
However, both teams were miserable at the free throw line, both shooting in the 40 percent range. Chase County was 8-19 while Southwest hit a mere 6-15.
Sorensen said a big factor in their momentum came right before the half when they scored several buckets off their press, carrying over into the second half.
Bubak scored 10 to lead the Lady Longhorns, while Fisher added eight.
Again, Sorensen was happy with the team’s offensive rebounding at 12. On defense, they had 20 rebounds for a total of 32, matching Southwest.
Langin and Bubak each had nine rebounds. Paige Spady added three assists, while Sorensen tallied six steals.
Imperial 34
2 PT.  3 PT.   FT/    
FG     FG     FTA       F    TP
Morgan Fisher    1    2    0-0    4    8
Cheyanne Kuhlmann    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kristen Jussel    1    0    1-3    1    3
Makala Bartels    1    0    1-2    1    3
Bethany Sorensen    1    0    1-2    2    3
Kaycee Bubak    3    0    4-10    1    10
Paige Spady    0    0    1-2    1    1
Bridget Langin    3    0    0-0    2    6
Kelsey Wood    0    0    0-0    2    0
Valeria Cervantes    0    0    0-0    2    0
Anna Bauerle    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jodi Koellner    0    0    0-0    1    0
Mindy Castle    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    10    2    8-19    17    34
Southwest 34
A. Ryan 5, A. Daffer 9, M. Brooks 4, K. Potthoff 3, K. Lord 3.
Southwest’s totals: 2 pt. FG—9; 3 pt. FG—0; FT/FTA—6-15; Fouls—17; TP—24.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    9    9    6    10—34
Southwest    4    8    3    9—24
Sutherland game
Sutherland kept only one loss on its record after beating Chase County last Tuesday by a 47-22 score.
Coach Sorensen said they faced a good 6-1 Sutherland team which “can shoot from anywhere and they have confidence.”
They have a good defense, too, holding Chase County to no points in the third quarter.
And, Chase County was outrebounded by the Lady Sailors, 38 to 28. Chase County managed just eight offensive rebounds in the contest.
Bubak and Valeria Cervantes shared scoring honors for Chase County, each with seven.
The Lady Longhorns were eight of 32 from the field (25 percent) while Sutherland shot 17 of 38 (44 percent). Chase County recorded no three-pointers while Sutherland hit four.
Chase County landed six of 16 from the line, while Sutherland was 1-2.
Sorensen and Spady each had five rebounds. Sorensen also tallied four assists.
Kristen Jussel returned to action in Saturday’s game, after suffering an ankle sprain the week before.
Coach Sorensen said the Dec. 11 game was an emotional one for the team, as they had just learned early that week of teammate Makenna Wallin’s leukemia diagnosis and her chemo treatments now started in Denver.
In her honor, the team all wore orange shoelaces for the weekend games.
Imperial 22
2 PT.  3 PT.   FT/    
FG     FG     FTA       F    TP
Morgan Fisher    0    0    0-0    4    0
Cheyanne Kuhlmann    0    0    0-0    0    0
Makala Bartels    0    0    0-4    0    0
Bethany Sorensen    2    0    0-0    1    4
Kaycee Bubak    2    0    3-5    2    7
Paige Spady    0    0    1-2    1    1
Bridget Langin    1    0    0-0    0    2
Kelsey Wood    0    0    0-0    0    0
Valeria Cervantes    3    0    1-2    1    7
Anna Bauerle    0    0    0-1    1    0
Jodi Koellner    0    0    1-2    2    1
Mindy Castle    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    8    0    6-16    12    22
Sutherland 47
S. Kennedy 6, Joli Hopping 5, K. Stokey 7, K. Nelson 2, J. Schuster 7, S. Staggs 15, T. McConnell 5.
Sutherland’s totals: 2 pt. FG—17; 3 pt. FG—4; FT/FTA—1-2; Fouls—17; TP—47.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    7    6    0    9—22
Sutherland    21    7    11    8—47