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Will face Gothenburg in 1st round of subdistricts

By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

Carl Zuege’s Chase County Longhorns will seek to close out the regular season Friday with a win over Sutherland.
Not only would it help springboard the Longhorns into subdistrict play but help make up for a pair of losses last week.
The Longhorns suffered a 55-51 loss at Wauneta-Palisade on Tuesday, Feb. 5 due to disastrous shooting. They went just 10-35 inside the arc, with most of those shots being taken from the paint, and got upset by their neighbors to the east.
Their lone win of the week came here Friday against a Bayard team that struggled to score against the Longhorn pressure man defense.
The Longhorns held them to just four points in the first half, including a scoreless second quarter, en route to a 51-19 rout.
Saturday, the Longhorns faced the Hershey Panthers for the third time but this time on  Hershey’s home floor.
After winning the first two, the Longhorns came up a point short, falling 35-36.
As a result of the three games, the Longhorns take a 9-13 record into the C1-11 subdistrict at Lexington Tuesday.
As the No. 2, they will face the third-seeded Gothenburg Swedes, who come in at 6-13.
Top-seeded Cozad, 13-6, will face fourth-seeded Ogallala, 2-17, in the other game.
Despite last week’s losses, Zuege feels good about the Longhorns going into post-season play.
He said the kids have played  well against some really good teams this year.  
Their 52-44 win over 12-3 Haxtun looks even better this week after Haxtun upset undefeated Yuma.
Get the ball to drop, either from the field or the line, in some of those games and the Longhorns could well have 13-15 wins instead of only nine.
In two meetings with Gothenburg this year, the teams have split so Zuege knows his team will be in for a ball game.
With a win, they will likely face Cozad. The Longhorns lost to Cozad on a shot at the buzzer, 47-49, to open the season.
Zuege said the Longhorns have the potential to put together a run in post-season that would land them in Lincoln in early March.
Wauneta-Palisade
There’s no question their 51-55 loss to Wauneta-Palisade frustrated Zuege.
“I bet we missed 8-10 uncontested shots and layups,” Zuege said.
He said Wauneta is always a tough place to play but he couldn’t explain why his kids couldn’t get the ball to drop. For the night, the Longhorns shot just 31 percent from the field against 41 percent for W-P.
After a slow-scoring first quarter, the Longhorns led 7-6 before falling behind 11-15 in the second.
A pair of treys by Travis and a deuce from Jeff Dickey put the Longhorns up 19-17 with 30 second left in the half.
However, W-P added a free throw and hit a trey at the buzzer to go up 21-19 at half.         W-P opened the second half with a trey and opened up a 26-21 lead before going on a 7-0 run. They hit another buzzer beater from the other side of half court to lead 43-31 going into the final quarter.
The Longhorns’ first six points of the fourth came at the free throw line to pull the Longhorns within 11, 36-47.
Baskets from Isaac Sorensen and a trey by Dickey pulled the Longhorns within four, 43-47, with 3:29 left.
W-P went up by six, 51-45, before Luhrs narrowed it to three with another trey, 51-48, with less than a minute left.
The Longhorns were forced to foul and W-P hit two free throws with 31 seconds left to put them up 53-48.
The Longhorns couldn’t answer at the other end and fouled again. This time, W-P went 0-2 at the line.
Dan Sullivan knocked down a trey with :06 left to pull within two, 51-53, but W-P sealed the win with a press break layup for the 55-51 upset.     
Fisher led the team in scoring with 12, followed by 11 from Luhrs and 10 from Dickey.
Sorensen led the team on the boards with eight rebounds with Justus Wallin adding seven.
Imperial 51
2 PT.  3 PT.      FT/    
FG    FG         FTA      F     TP
Travis Luhrs    1    3    0-0    0    11
Ryan Moline    0    0    0-0    0    0
Freddie Kasselman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kevin German    0    0    0-0    0    0
Dan Sullivan    0    1    0-0    4    3
Jeffrey Dickey    2    1    3-5    0    10
Kale Gockley    1    0    0-0    4    2
Kelton Fisher    3    0    6-7    4    12
Justus Wallin    0    0    0-0    3    0
Hunter Spady    1    0    0-0    1    2
Trey Milner    0    0    1-2    1    1
Isaac Sorensen    1    1    3-4    5    8
Calin Griffin    0    0    0-0    0    0
Darrin Knobbe    0    0    0-0    0    0
Brian Bell    1    0    0-0    0    2
TOTALS    10    6    13-18    22    51
Wauneta-Palisade 55
W. Anderjaska 5, C. Kayton 15, L. Bischoff 12, J. McGraw 15, H. Pollmann 8.
Wauneta-Palisade’s team totals: 2 pt. FG—10; 3 pt. FG—7; FT/FTA—14-28; Fouls—13; TP—55.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    7    12    12    20-—51
Wauneta-Palisade    6    15    22    12—55
Bayard
The Longhorns had little trouble with the Bayard Tigers Friday, cruising to 51-19 win.
The Longhorns held the Tigers to just four points in the first quarter and shut them out in the second to lead 26-4 at half.
Zuege said his team came out strong, taking four charges in the first two minutes to set the tone.
Bayard couldn’t handle the Longhorns’ pressure man defense, resulting in a number of turnovers.
To hold a team scoreless in a quarter is a defensive achievement, Zuege said, no matter the opponent.
Eleven of 14 players scored, led by Dickey with 10.
Imperial 51
2 PT.  3 PT.      FT/    
FG    FG         FTA      F     TP
Travis Luhrs    2    0    0-0    1    4
Ryan Moline    1    0    2-2    0    4
Freddie Kasselman    0    0    0-0    1    0
Kevin German    1    0    0-0    0    2
Dan Sullivan    0    0    0-0    2    0
Jeffrey Dickey    2    1    3-4    0    10
Kale Gockley    0    1    0-2    2    3
Kelton Fisher    3    0    1-3    2    7
Justus Wallin    2    0    4-4    3    8
Hunter Spady    1    0    0-0    2    2
Trey Milner    4    0    0-0    1    2
Isaac Sorensen    0    0    1-2    0    8
Calin Griffin    0    0    0-0    1    1
Darrin Knobbe    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    17    2    11-17    17    51
Bayard 19
D. Shuler 4, P. Schuller 5, B. Parriott 3, B. Hargens 2, D. Daniel 2, CJ Trevino 3.
Bayard’s team totals: 2 pt. FG—5; 3 pt. FG—2; FT/FTA—3-9; Fouls—18; TP—19.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    14    12    14    11—51
Bayard    4    0    5    10—19
Hershey
The Longhorns have won two previous meetings with Hershey on neutral courts. But Saturday, they had to play them on their home court on parents’ night.
Zuege knew his kids would have to play well. In retrospect, he said they played well enough to win but lost it at the free throw line, going 12-27.
He said that while Hershey shut down the inside, they were able to draw fouls, getting to the line. The biggest problem was they couldn’t capitalize from the charity stripe.
The Longhorns trailed 19-23 at half after giving up 16 to Hershey in the second quarter.
The Longhorns opened the second half with a 7-2 run to take a 27-25 lead and took a 27-26 lead into the fourth after holding Hershey to just three in the third.
From there on, neither team lead by more than two, with the score tied three times.
The score remained tied 34-34 for nearly three minutes.
Kale Gockley finally broke the tie inside 40 seconds left, hitting the second of two free throws to put the Longhorns up 35-34.
Hershey came down the floor and answered with a bucket with 27 seconds left to go up 36-35.
The Longhorns got the ball past half court and called time-out to set up their offense.
They worked the ball around with Gockley getting a trey with about :06 left. The ball came off into the lane, with Fisher grabbing the rebound for a 10-footer. The ball rattled the front and back of the rim before popping out, giving Hershey the 36-35 win.
The Longhorns suffered through another night of poor shooting from outside, finishing just 10-35 from the field. That, coupled with a 44 percent effort from the line, spelled the difference.
Dickey and Sorensen led the scoring with 10 each. They also led the rebounding with six and five respectively.
Imperial 35
2 PT.  3 PT.      FT/    
FG    FG         FTA      F     TP
Travis Luhrs    0    0    0-0    1    0
Ryan Moline    0    0    0-0    0    0
Freddie Kasselman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kevin German    0    0    0-0    0    0
Dan Sullivan    0    0    0-0    2    0
Jeffrey Dickey    1    2    2-2    2    10
Kale Gockley    1    1    2-6    3    7
Kelton Fisher    0    0    6-12    2    6
Justus Wallin    1    0    0-0    2    2
Hunter Spady    0    0    0-2    1    0
Trey Milner    0    0    0-0    0    0
Isaac Sorensen    4    0    2-5    1    10
Calin Griffin    0    0    0-0    0    0
Darrin Knobbe    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    7    3    12-27    14    35
Hershey 36
T. Osborne 2, C. Marshall 2, J. Connell 3, L. Maassen 8, D. Johnson 2, J. Margritz 8, K. Czarnick 9, D. Streeter 2.
Hershey’s team totals: 2 pt. FG—11; 3 pt. FG—2; FT/FTA—8-14; Fouls—18; TP—36.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    9    10    8    8—35
Hershey    7    16    3    10—36
Game times
Game times for this week’s finale with Sutherland will be different.
The varsity game will be played first, beginning at 5 p.m. MT, followed by two quarters of jayvee.
On Tuesday, the Longhorns will play Gothenburg in the opening round of subdistricts, beginning at 6 p.m. MT at Lexington.

 

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