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Will face Sutherland to close regular season

By Russ Pankonin

The Imperial Republican

With a trio of wins last week, the Chase County Longhorns look to close out the regular season at Sutherland with another win Friday.
From there on, it’s win or go home when the Longhorns open subdistrict play Tuesday night.
The Longhorns captured the top seed in the C1-11 subdistrict being played at Sutherland. The winner of the sub will advance to the district final to face the C1-12 winner.
With a win Friday, the Longhorns will take a 16-6 record into postseason play.
As the top seed, they drew a bye in the five-team bracket and will play the winner of the Ogallala-Hershey game Tuesday.
The other side of the bracket will pit neighboring rivals Cozad and Gothenburg against each other. The Longhorns defeated both teams in regular season play, although it took overtime to defeat Gothenburg.
Chadron, 13-7, drew the top seed in the C1-12 sub and is favored to advance out of that bracket. Assuming the Longhorns advance, it will set up a district final March 3 between the two teams for a trip to the state tournament.
Still plenty of work left
But there’s still plenty of work that has to be done for that to become a reality, starting with Friday’s regular season finale with Sutherland.
Longhorn Coach Carl Zuege said Sutherland has continued to improve as the season has progressed.
In the subdistrict opener, the Longhorns will see a rematch with either Ogallala or Hershey.
The Longhorns just defeated Hershey Saturday 73-57 after leading by just one at half, 31-30.
The Hershey win was just one of three wins last week as the Longhorns rolled by Wauneta-Palisade 65-29 on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
On Friday, they traveled to Bayard, where they added another win, 56-44.
The team closed out the home-game schedule against Hershey Saturday.
The Longhorns outmatched the Broncos from Wauneta-Palisade, outscoring them in each of the four quarters.  The jayvees finished up the game in the fourth.
Kevin German and Jeff Dickey led the scoring with 12 and 11 respectively.
With Travis Luhrs sick for the Bayard game, Dickey picked up the shooting from the 3-point line.
The Longhorns led 25-21 going into half and came out in the third, hitting four 3s en route to an 18-10 advantage in the quarter.
Dickey opened the quarter with a 3 ball, closed the quarter with one and hit one in the middle.
To open the fourth, he hit three more treys back-to-back. During the run, Zuege said Dickey went 6-7 from three-point range.
Dickey finished the game with 25 points with Kelton Fisher adding 12 more in the  56-44 win.
Against Hershey, Zuege wasn’t pleased with the Longhorns’ first half defensive performance.
He said Hershey got inside far too often and was able to keep within one at half, 31-30.
That changed after halftime with the Longhorns holding Hershey to just 7 while pouring in 23 to blow the game open.
The fourth quarter turned into a free throw contest with more than 30 free throws shot by the two teams.
Zuege was especially pleased with the Longhorns’ offensive performance, posting a season high 73 points.
Justin Wallin, who went 10-12 at the line, led the scoring with 18. Dickey added 116 and Luhrs 14.

Imperial 73
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Travis Luhrs    2    3    1-2    3    14
Ryan Moline    0    0    0-0    2    0
Kevin German    0    0    4-6    2    4
Dan Sullivan    0    0    2-2    3    2
Jeff Dickey    1    4    2-4    4    16
Kelton Fisher    3    0    1-2    3    7    
Justus Wallin    4    0    10-12    2    18
Trey Milner    1    0    2-2    2    4
Calen Griffin    0    0    0-0    0    0
Isaac Sorensen    4    0    0-3    3    8
TOTALS    15    7    22-33    24    73
Hershey 57
Logan Weir 1, Clay Frels 11, Landan Maasen 17, Tanner Kosmicki 2, Kalon Czarnick 5, Josh Margritz 6, Baylor Hellmuth 7, Ariel Quirogo 4, Jason Davis 4.
Hershey totals: 2 pt. FG—14; 3 pt. FG—6; FT/FTA—11-22; Fouls—28; TP—57.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    14    17    23    19—73
Hershey    16    14    9    18—57

Imperial 56
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Ryan Moline    0    2    0-0    3    6
Kevin German    1    0    1-1    2    3
Dan Sullivan    0    0    0-0    3    0
Jeff Dickey    1    7    2-3    2    25
Kelton Fisher    6    0    0-2    3    12    
Justus Wallin    1    0    0-0    2    2    
Trey Milner    3    0    2-4    2    8
Isaac Sorensen    0    0    0-0    3    0
TOTALS    12    9    5-10    20    56
Bayard 44
David Schuler 14, Zac Rice 6, Justin Baird 14, Phil Schuller 6, Bryce Hargens 4.
Bayard’s totals: 2 pt. FG—11; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—13-19; Fouls—15; TP—44.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    14    11    18    13—56
Bayard    6    15    10    13—44

Imperial 65
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Travis Luhrs    1    0    0-0    1    2
Ryan Moline    1    1    0-0    1    5
Kevin German    5    0    1-1    3    11
Dan Sullivan    2    0    0-0    3    4
Destyn Milner    0    0    0-0    0    0    
Dakota Wallin    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jeff Dickey    3    2    0-0    0    12
Kelton Fisher    3    0    0-0    1    6    
Justus Wallin    3    0    0-0    1    6
Trey Milner    3    0    0-0    0    6
Isaac Sorensen    2    0    1-2    4    5
Calen Griffin    1    0    0-0    0    2
Darin Knobbe    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kevin Chavira    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jared Sharp    2    0    2-2    0    6
TOTALS    26    3    4-5    14    65
Wauneta-Palisade 29
Wes Anderjaska 10, Tyler Davis 4, Lorenzo Cavanaugh 5, Paul Behrends 2, Hayden Pollman 8.
Wauneta-Palisade’s totals: 2 pt. FG—8; 3 pt. FG—2; FT/FTA—7-11; Fouls—8; TP—29.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    19    18    15    13—65
W-P    5    9    9    6—29

 

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