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Lady Longhorns win opener; fall to Class B McCook PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

It was a winning season opener for Chase County’s girls’ varsity basketball team last Thursday, as they took down Cozad by a 12-point margin.
While the Lady Longhorns lost the next night at Class B McCook, Coach Mark Bottom said he was happy with the opening week of play.
Bottom, head coach for his first season at CCS, said he saw his team’s defense improve from the first to second game last week and the girls worked hard.
He felt McCook was beatable, but his team had trouble getting their shots to drop that night. A little sluggishness was also seen in his team Friday, he said, but more game time in the coming weeks will help, he said.
Like Chase County, both of their opponents this week, Sidney and Ogallala, also have 1-1 records after their first week of action.
On Friday, the Lady Longhorns will host Sidney. Last week, the Lady Red Raiders beat Chadron and lost to Omaha Gross, the latter in a tournament. Sidney handed the Lady Longhorns a 22-point loss last year.
Coach Bottom expects Sidney to bring a good group of athletes to Friday’s game with a man-to-man press.
On Saturday, the team will be in Ogallala to face a much-improved Lady Indian team which beat Chase County last year by 21.
Ogallala also split last week, beating Lexington and losing to Minden.
The coach believes his team will be evenly matched with the Lady Indians after seeing them several times in summer ball.
Both nights of play this week start at 4:30 p.m. with the JV contests.
Cozad game
Chase County never trailed against Cozad, eventually winning 41-29.
Both teams had a rough start on offense leading to a 5-5 tie at the end of the first quarter. Both teams picked it up a bit in the second, but Chase County took a 15-13 lead into the halftime break.
A big quarter for the Lady ‘Horns came in the third with 16 points.
The night’s leading scorer, Chase County’s Destiny Reinke, helped the cause, dropping in seven points of her 20 during those eight minutes.
The team followed up in the fourth with 10 points, holding Cozad to five and finishing with the 12-point victory.
“We really settled down the second half, executed better and took care of the ball,” Coach Bottom said.
Also in double figures for the ‘Horns was Paige Spady with 10. MaKenna Ketter, Taylin McNair and Emma Bauerle also put up points in the win.
Cozad’s Emily Reyes, who scored 12 last year in a one-point win over Chase County, was held to three last Thursday all in the first half.
Bottom said his team did a great job of forcing her outside more, making her take longer shots.
For a season opener, Chase County had a decent night of shooting, hitting 17 of 43 attempts for 40 percent.
At the line, they hit four of 10, also 40 percent, and Reinke’s trey in the third quarter was the only one for Chase County.
In other stats, Ketter led the rebounding with seven, five of them on the offensive boards. She also had a pair of steals.
Imperial 41
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kadyn Milner    0    0    0-0    0    0
Destiny Reinke    8    1    1-2    1    20
Cheyanne Kuhlman    0    0    0-2    0    0
Josie Peterson    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylin McNair    2    0    0-1    0    4
Molly Luhrs    0    0    0-0    0    0    
Makenna Wallin    0    0    0-0    1    0

Paige Spady    4    0    2-4    2    10
Emma Bauerle    1    0    0-0    2    2
MaKenna Ketter    2    0    1-2    2    5
Valeria Cervantes    0    0    0-2    3    0
Jessica Hartman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylar Nickless    0    0    0-0    3    0
TOTALS    17    1    4-13    14    41
Cozad 29
B. Etherton 4, H. Thramer 9, S. Yocom 7, E. Reyes 3, S. Rush 5, A. Geiger 1.
Cozad totals: 2 pt. FG—11; 3 pt. FG—1; FT/FTA—4-12; Fouls—14; TP—29.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    5    10    16    10—41
Cozad    5    8    11    5—29
McCook game
Despite a better defensive game for Chase County, they just couldn’t buy a basket on offense at McCook Friday, losing the contest 40-29.
The Lady ‘Horns hit just 10 of 40 from two-point range (25 percent) and one of eight tries from three-point range.
But, they were a little more accurate on free throws than the night before with a 6-11 mark (54 percent).
Chase County managed just one bucket the first quarter as McCook put up seven. They trailed 15-8 at half.
Despite a 15-point deficit heading into the fourth, Chase County didn’t give up and pulled within seven points with a minute left.
The Lady ‘Horns finished with 15 in the final eight minutes, outscoring McCook’s 11 but it wasn’t enough to catch the Lady Bison, who were also hitting their free throws—seven in the final quarter.
“I was happy to see us cut it to seven; they fought hard,” Bottom said of his team.
In the final stanza, Chase County forced a number of turnovers resulting in scores. The forced turnovers also happened in the first, but they just couldn’t get a basket to drop, Bottom said.
“And we looked tired,” Bottom added.
Reinke again led the Chase County scoring with nine. Valeria Cervantes turned in seven points.
In other stats, Ketter again led on rebounds with eight, five on the defensive boards.
Imperial 29
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kadyn Milner    0    0    0-0    0    0
Destiny Reinke    3    1    0-0    3    9
Cheyanne Kuhlman    0    0    0-0    1    0
Josie Peterson    1    0    0-0    1    2
Taylin McNair    1    0    0-0    0    2
Molly Luhrs    0    0    0-0    0    0    
Makenna Wallin    2    0    0-2    0    4
Paige Spady    1    0    0-0    3    2
Emma Bauerle    0    0    0-1    0    0
MaKenna Ketter    1    0    0-0    4    2
Valeria Cervantes    1    0    5-6    3    7
Jessica Hartman    0    0    1-2    3    1
Taylar Nickless    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    10    1    6-11    18    29
McCook 40
J. Brant 3, J. Dominquez 10, E. Fisher 2, A. Priebe 5, B. Honn 2, M. Garcia 7, F. Hansen 6, T. Schmidt 9.
McCook totals: 2 pt. FG—10; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—11-25; Fouls—14; TP—40.
Points by quarters:
Imperial    2    6    6    15—29
McCook    7    8    14    11—40