By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
With just one varsity game on the docket this week, the Lady Longhorns are hoping to go into the Christmas break with a win.
Chase County traveled to Sutherland Tuesday, and is hosting Yuma, Colo., tonight (Thursday) before the NSAA moratorium starts on Sunday.
At Sutherland, there were JV and varsity games. Tonight’s hosting of Yuma will include just a JV and C game.
While the Lady Longhorns were 0-4 after action last weekend, it isn’t because of not fighting hard for the wins, said Coach Nancy Sorensen.
“We had two tough ones last week, but they fought hard as always,” she said Monday.
On the road to Class B Sidney Friday, Chase County lost 27-49.
At home Saturday, they dropped a 23-44 contest to Ogallala.
Looking back on both games, Sorensen said her team needs to get better at their defense on rotations. Free throws were again an issue against Ogallala, and they shot 20 percent or less from the field in both games.
Chase County ran into a very good ball club at Sidney Friday with both shooting and defensive skills.
The Lady Longhorns were held to single-digit scoring in the first three quarters, while the Lady Red Raiders knocked down 17 the first quarter and put up double figures in all but the last quarter.
Coach Sorensen said her team stayed with Sidney for a good part of the first half. But that changed quickly as the half ran down and Sidney hit a back to back field goal and trey before the buzzer, and went to the locker room up by 15 points.
Chase County never got the momentum back, and the game ended 27-49.
From the field, Chase County shot nine of 52 for 17 percent, and were one for five on treys, the first one of the season hit by Anna Bauerle.
Chase County shot better on free throws, but didn’t get to the line enough, Sorensen said. They hit six of eight for 75 percent, including a 4-4 night from Makenna Wallin.
Jodi Koellner led the scoring for Chase County with eight. Paige Spady and Wallin each added four.
Koellner was also Chase County’s rebound leader with nine, while Valeria Cervantes added six.
Cervantes, Koellner, Emma Engbrecht and Makala Bartels each had two steals.
2 PT. 3 PT. FT/
FG FG FTA F TP
Sarah Allen 0 0 0-0 0 0
Cheyanne Kuhlmann 0 0 0-0 1 0
Shaylee Heathers 0 0 0-0 0 0
Makala Bartels 0 0 0-0 3 0
Taylin McNair 1 0 0-0 0 2
Makenna Wallin 0 0 4-4 1 4
Emma Engbrecht 0 0 0-0 1 0
Paige Spady 2 0 0-0 1 4
Emma Bauerle 1 0 1-2 1 3
Valeria Cervantes 1 0 1-2 1 3
Jodi Koellner 4 0 0-0 2 8
Anna Bauerle 0 1 0-0 0 3
TOTALS 9 1 6-8 11 27
A. Porter 6, S. Mahr 13, K. Cole 10, C. Rowley 9, A. Stafford 2, E. Mahr 5, S. Rosenbaum 4.
Sidney’s totals: 2 pt. FG—15; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—10/16; Fouls—8; TP—49.
Points by quarters:
Imperial 7 6 4 10—27
Sidney 17 11 13 8—49
The Lady Longhorns had a good start against Ogallala Saturday, leading 8-3 after the first.
For most of the second quarter, they held their lead until an eight-point unanswered run by Ogallala in the final minute and a half of the first half, including back-to-back steals that led to baskets. The Lady Indians took a 20-15 lead at the break.
Ogallala continued to stretch its lead in the third quarter, holding Chase County to four while they added 11 points.
The home team also put up just four in the final quarter, as Ogallala added 13, making the final score 44-23.
From the field, the Lady Longhorns were seven of 35 for 20 percent and were 0-3 on treys.
At the line, they finished at 43 percent, making just nine of 21 attempts.
Anna Bauerle and Spady led the scoring with five each. Taylin McNair had four.
Spady led the rebound with six, while Emma Bauerle and Engbrecht each pulled down four.
Six steals were recorded by Spady, and Destiny Reinke grabbed four.
2 PT. 3 PT. FT/
FG FG FTA F TP
Destiny Reinke 0 0 0-3 1 0
Cheyanne Kuhlmann 0 0 0-0 0 0
Shaylee Heathers 0 0 0-0 1 0
Makala Bartels 1 0 0-0 4 2
Taylin McNair 2 0 0-0 1 4
Makenna Wallin 0 0 0-0 2 0
Emma Engbrecht 1 0 0-0 2 2
Paige Spady 1 0 3-4 1 5
Emma Bauerle 0 0 0-0 1 0
Valeria Cervantes 1 0 1-3 5 3
Jodi Koellner 0 0 2-6 3 2
Anna Bauerle 1 0 3-4 2 5
TOTALS 7 0 9-20 23 23
K. Cipperly 2, J. Paloucek 16, M. Mestl 5, A. Knaggs 1, J. Giesert 2, K. Jaeger 3, S. Welsh 5, S. Arensdorf 8, M. McVay 2.
Ogallala’s totals: 2 pt. FG—13; 3 pt. FG—2; FT/FTA—12/26; Fouls—20; TP—44.
Points by quarters:
Imperial 8 7 4 4—23
Ogallala 3 17 11 13—44
Yuma new to girls’ schedule
Normally just a boys’ contest against Yuma, Colo., this time of year, Yuma games have also been added to the girls’ schedule tonight (Thursday).
Yuma has wanted to add girls’ games to the schedule, said A.D. Troy Hauxwell, but this year the varsity was still committed to a game on the final year of a two-year contract.
So Yuma’s varsity girls’ will not make the trip here Thursday, but the team will send some of its younger members for JV and C girls’ games.
Here is Thursday’s game schedule: At 4 p.m., the JV boys will play in the Shorthorn gym and the C team girls will play in the Longhorn gym. The JV girls’ game will follow in the Longhorn gym. The varsity boys’ contest will cap off the night starting about 7 p.m.
Garden County and Southwest, who used to play the Chase County girls this last week before Christmas, were dropped form the Longhorn schedule at their request.
The NSAA’s five-day practice/competition moratorium is Dec. 22-26.
After the first, the Longhorn teams will return to action at the eight-team Cabela’s Holiday Basketball Shootout in Sidney Jan. 2-4. The Lady Longhorns’ first competition there will be against Cheyenne (Wyo.) South on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m.
Other teams in the tourney are Sidney, Central City, Laramie, Wyo., Hershey, Gering and Gothenburg.