Two seniors chosen
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
It’s the end of the season for Lady Longhorn basketball, and with it, Coach Nancy Sorensen has announced honorary team captains for the season.
She also took time to review the season, which ended for Chase County earlier this month in the subdistrict first round game, and look forward to 2013-14.
The team’s two seniors, Morgan Fisher and Bethany Sorensen, were chosen by their teammates as the 2012-13 honorary team captains.
Coach Sorensen said she asks the team to select honorary team captains who reflect a number of qualities.
At the top of the list is leadership on and off the court. Other qualities considered include getting along with fellow players, having the confidence of teammates, a calm and confident demeanor, being competitive in a positive way, sportsmanship and reflecting the team’s personality.
Sorensen credited both seniors as having all of those qualities. They will be missed, she said.
Fisher and Sorensen both recorded four years of high school basketball as guards, but both were versatile.
The coach said Fisher was “a great passer” and usually on the money when dishing the ball off to a teammate.
Sorensen will be remembered for “seeing all of the floor,” she said.
The intangibles they contributed to the team, such as hustle, keeping emotions in check and the pressure defense they provided, won’t show up in the stats, the coach added.
“A lot of time, you will see seniors just show up for their last year, but these two continued to improve,” even during their senior season, she said.
In a look to next year, Coach Sorensen said there will be a good number of returners with a lot of experience.
Added to that are an expected big group of incoming freshmen that will help team depth. There were 16 eighth graders on the junior high roster this season. Just two freshmen are listed on the 2012-13 roster.
The Lady Longhorns finished the season with a 7-18 record, one more win than the previous season.
The team played two more games during 2012-13—one additional holiday tournament game and three vs. two SPVA tournament contests.
The team’s scoring leader was junior Kaycee Bubak, who tallied 133 points for a 5.3 point-per-game average.
Others in the top five were Bethany Sorensen, 106, 4.4 avg.; Kristen Jussel, 85, 4.0 avg.; Paige Spady, 80, 3.2 avg.; and Bridget Langin, 79, 3.2 avg.
Other individual stats were as follows:
Rebounds (avg. per game)—Bubak 6.4, Langin 4.2, Sorensen 4, Makala Bartels 3.2, Spady 3.1.
Assists (avg. per game)—Sorensen 1.9, Spady 1.1, Langin one.
Steals (avg. per game)—Sorensen 2.2, Spady 2, Fisher 1.9, Bubak 1.3, Langin 1.3.
CCS 40, Hitchcock Co. 38 (exhibition game, not counted in record)
CCS 21, Cozad 38
CCS 31, McCook 50
CCS 24, Sidney 44
CCS 35, Ogallala 41
CCS 22, Sutherland 47
CCS 43, Garden Co. 11
CCS 44, Southwest 34
CCS 28, Dundy Co./Stratton 48
CCS 21, Douglas, Wyo. 65 (Holiday tourney)
CCS 29, Gering 48 (Holiday tourney)
CCS 59, Love Christian 8 (Holiday tourney)
CCS 21, Holyoke 29
CCS 20, So. Valley 61
CCS 30, Perkins Co. 34
CCS 16, Gothenburg 49
CCS 37, Perkins Co. 36 in O.T. (SPVA tourney)
CCS 16, Hershey 47 (SPVA tourney)
CCS 21, Sutherland 49 (SPVA tourney)
CCS 44, Haxtun 30
CCS 58, Wray 54
CCS 19, NP St. Pat’s 61
CCS 28, Wauneta-Palisade 42
CCS 28, Bayard 14
CCS 28, Hershey 49
CCS 23, Gothenburg 45 (subdistricts)