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Cozad ends Lady Longhorns’ post-season PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz

The Imperial Republican

On Monday, Chase County was hoping to avenge an earlier one-point loss to Cozad, but it wasn’t to be.
Instead, Cozad ended the Lady Longhorns’ hopes of advancing in post-season play, handing them a 38-34 loss in the C1-11 subdistrict first round game in Sutherland.
Coming in with similar records, Cozad was the No. 5 seed and Chase County was No. 4 in the tournament, with the winner moving one to face top-seeded Hershey Tuesday night.
But the Lady Longhorns, as they have so many times this season, got off to a slow start, scoring just three points in the first quarter.
After trailing 20-10 at the half, Chase County came out fired up after the break, outscoring Cozad 16-7 to pull within one point, 26-27, at the end of the third.
With just a half minute into the fourth, Paige Spady hit a bucket to give her team their first lead, 28-27, since an early 1-0 advantage.
Then, Makala Bartels hit another and Chase County led 30-27. That was erased, though, when Cozad’s Emily Reyes connected on her third trey of the night, knotting the score at 30-30 with five minutes left.
After two more Cozad baskets, Taylin McNair scored, pulling Chase County within two, 32-34, with 2:40 left. Another bucket by MaKenna Ketter tied the score again at 34-34 with under a minute remaining on the clock.
After a Cozad score, Chase County was forced to intentionally foul as they started to stall. Reyes hit two key free throws with 20 seconds left, and Cozad took a 38-34 lead.
Not enough time remained for the Lady Longhorns to pull it out.
Coach Nancy Sorensen     said her team dug itself into a hole early, but she was proud of how they fought back to eventually take the lead in the fourth.
“They kept fighting; they’ve done that all year,” she said.
The loss ended the Lady Longhorn season at 5-15, as Cozad improved to 5-16.
Ketter led Chase County’s offense with nine points, while McNair added eight.
Cozad’s Reyes led all scorers with 25 points.
The loss Monday ended high school careers for six seniors on the Lady Longhorn team, including Kaycee Bubak, Bridget Langin, Makala Bartels, Jodi Koellner, Anna Bauerle and Emma Engbrecht.
Imperial 34
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Destiny Reinke    1    0    0-0    0    2
Cheyanne Kuhlmann    0    0    0-0    0    0
Makala Bartels    2    0    0-0    2    4
Taylin McNair    4    0    0-0    2    8
Kaycee Bubak    1    0    3-4    3    5
Makenna Wallin    0    0    0-0    0    0
Emma Engbrecht    0    0    0-0    0    0
Paige Spady    2    0    0-0    2    4
Bridget Langin    0    0    0-2    1    0
Emma Bauerle    0    0    0-0    0    0
MaKenna Ketter    4    0    1-2    0    9
Valeria Cervantes    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jodi Koellner    1    0    0-0    2    2
Anna Bauerle    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    15    0    4-8    12    34
Cozad 38
S. Carlson 5, H. Thramer 4, S. Yocom 4 and E. Reyes 5
Cozad totals: 2 pt. FG—10; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—9-11; Fouls—13; TP—38.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    3    7    16    8—34
Cozad    10    10    7    11—38


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