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Longhorns open play in Cabela’s Holiday Shootout today PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

Carl Zuege’s Chase County Longhorns will put a Dec. 18 38-59 loss to Yuma behind them when they open play today (Thursday) in the Cabela’s Holiday Basketball Shootout at Sidney.
The 2-4 Longhorns will play the Douglas, Wyo., Bear Cats in the opening round.
Zuege said Douglas, population 6,084, would be equivalent to a Class B team in Nebraska, like Sidney or McCook.
Zuege obtained game film on Douglas so the Longhorns have some feel for their style of play.
Other teams in the Shootout include Sidney, Gothenburg, Hershey, Gering and Love Christian, Denver, Colo.
The Longhorn girls will also play Douglas in the first round of the Shootout.
Yuma edges away for win
Zuege said he’s never coached a high school basketball game as physical as the Longhorns  that he saw at Yuma before the Christmas break.
“I’ve never been involved in such a physical game,” he said.
He was disappointed in himself for not having his team prepared for something like that.
By the same token, he said the kids didn’t respond to the physicality.
Yuma used the style of play to their advantage as the game progressed.
The Longhorns trailed by just three, 7-10, after the first quarter and ran off a little rally early in the second to go ahead 13-12.
Yuma pulled ahead by five 19-14 but the Longhorns narrowed the margin back to one, 21-22.
By quarter’s end, Yuma added a pair of free throws and a trey to lead 27-21 at half.
Zuege said he felt his kids were still in the game but couldn’t get the ball to fall in the third quarter. They scored just nine while giving up 16 to Yuma to trail by 13 going into the fourth.
The closest the Longhorns got in the fourth was 15 before falling 38-59.
Jeff Dickey was the only Longhorn in double figures with 10. Kelton led the team with 10 rebounds.
As a team, the Longhorns shot just 33 percent from the field, going 10-29 inside the arc and 4-13 outside the arc.
Yuma finished with a 44 percent average, getting off 50 shots compared to 42 for the Longhorns.
Imperial 38
2 PT.  3 PT.      FT/    
FG    FG         FTA      F     TP
Travis Luhrs    0    0    0-0    0    0
Ryan Moline    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kevin German    0    0    0-0    1    0
Dan Sullivan    1    0    0-0    2    2
Jeffrey Dickey    2    2    0-0    2    10
Kale Gockley    0    1    0-0    2    3
Kelton Fisher    2    0    3-4    2    7
Justus Wallin    0    0    4-4    0    4
Hunter Spady    0    0    0-0    0    0
Trey Milner    1    0    0-0    4    2
Isaac Sorensen    3    0    2-2    1    8
Calin Griffin    0    0    0-0    0    0
Brian Bell    1    0    0-0    0    2
TOTALS    10    3    9-10    14    38
Yuma, Colo. 59
B. Bueltell 9, C. Blach 4, M. Howell 7, J. Koenig 17, M. Veliz 9, C. Muray 5, J. Roenig 2, T. Kirchenslager 6.
Yuma’s team totals: 2 pt. FG—15; 3 pt. FG—7; FT/FTA—8-13; Fouls—12; TP—59.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    7    14    9    8—38
Yuma    10    17    16    16—59
Dundy Co. game rescheduled
Winter weather prohibited the Longhorns from getting one more game in before the break.
Weather forced the postponement of the Dundy County-Stratton game Dec. 20.
The game will be made up for both the boys and girls Saturday, Jan. 5.
A win there would have given the Longhorns a 3-4 mark going into the break.
Zuege said the Longhorns play a tough pre-Christmas break schedule.
The combined record of the four teams that have defeated Chase County is 19-3 thus far, Zuege noted.