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By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

Head Coach Carl Zuege knew his team would be in for a battle with Class B Sidney Red Raiders Friday night.
The Longhorns went into the weekend without point guard Ryan Moline, who suffered a concussion in the McCook win.
Despite that, the ’Horns went toe-to-toe for three and a half quarters with Sidney before suffering their first loss, 54-63.
On Saturday, the Longhorns rebounded from the loss to handle the Ogallala Indians 49-32.
Team battled hard in loss
Even though the Longhorns fell to Sidney, Coach Zuege felt really good about how his team battled. For most of the game,  the spread between the two teams stayed around four to five points.
Sidney brought in a tall, fast athletic team that can shoot. Holding them in check for more than three quarters showed just how well the Longhorns are playing defensively.
But the biggest swing of the game came late in the third. The Longhorns pulled to within one, 40-41, on a Jeff Dickey 3-pointer.
Sidney answered with their own 3 and got a huge break when the Longhorns got whistled for a foul under the basket on the shot.     
Sidney got the ball back for another possession and stole the momentum when they dropped another trey on top of the other one to go up seven, 47-40.
Zuege said that swing proved to be crucial in turning the game Sidney’s way.
The Longhorns pulled back to within four midway in the fourth after Sidney was charged with a technical foul for delaying the game at the free throw line.
Travis Luhrs hit both free throws on the technical and the Longhorns got the ball back.
Dakota Wallin took the ball to the hoop and drew a foul. He hit both free throws to pull the Longhorns within four, 49-53, with 4:19 left in the game.
Sidney scored the next eight points to put the game away in the final two minutes, 54-63.
Zuege said it hurt not having Moline in the lineup. He praised Destyn Milner for coming in to pick up the slack. His biggest asset was his defensive play, the coach noted.
With Moline out, it forced Luhrs and Dickey into ball-handling roles. As a result, that changed the offensive rhythm just enough to make a difference Zuege said.
Despite that, Dickey finished with 17 points, along with 15 points from Luhrs. Each dropped three 3-pointers during the game.
As a team, the Longhorns shot just 36 percent from the floor, going 12-30 inside the arc and 6-15 outside the arc.
Luhrs also led the rebounding with six while Dickey led the team in steals with four.
Chase Co. 54
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Travis Luhrs    2    3    2-2    2    15
Ike Maxwell    0    0    0-0    0    0
Tyler Jennings    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jose Cepeda    0    0    0-0    0    0
Destyn Milner    2    0    2-5    2    6    
Dakota Wallin    0    0    3-4    0    3
Jeffrey Dickey    3    3    2-4    5    17
Kelton Fisher    2    0    1-1    3    5
Isaac Sorensen    2    0    2-2    5    6
Eli Engbrecht    0    0    0-0    0    0
Michael Musgrove    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jared Sharp    1    0    0-0    0    2
Darin Knobbe    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kevin Chavira    0    0    0-0    1    0
TOTALS    0    0    0-0    0    0
Sidney 63
J. Heeren 6, L. Harvey 13, J. Ross 7, C. O’Connell 16, T. Wintholz 8, C. Frerichs 13.
Sidney totals: 2 pt. FG—13; 3 pt. FG—8; FT/FTA—13-22; Fouls—18; TP—63.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    10    16    16    12—54
Sidney    11    17    19    16—63
First half at Ogallala big
The Longhorns continued to play good basketball Saturday when they traveled to Ogallala.
They dominated the first half en route to a 49-32 victory. The win improved the Longhorns’ record to 3-1.
Zuege said it was good to see his team get off to a strong start after the loss to Sidney the night before.
Luhrs had the hot hand during the first 16 minutes, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in both the first and second quarters.
He got some help from Milner and Jared Sharp in the first quarter as the Longhorns built a 20-8 lead after the first eight minutes.
Ogallala’s last lead of the game, 4-2, came in the first two minutes. From there, the Longhorns outscored the Indians 18-4 over the next six minutes.
In the second quarter, with another eight points from Luhrs, the Longhorns built their lead to 16, doubling up Ogallala, 32-16.
Zuege said the Longhorns struggled offensively in the second half, but held off any run with their defensive play. The Longhorns only scored nine in the third and eight in the fourth but held the Indians to seven in the third and nine in the fourth.
By the end of the game, Luhrs had hit five treys and finished with 21 points to lead the Longhorns. Isaac Sorensen finished in double figures with 10.
Chase Co. 49
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Travis Luhrs    3    5    0-0    1    21
Ike Maxwell    0    0    0-0    0    0
Tyler Jennings    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jose Cepeda    1    0    0-0    0    2
Destyn Milner    3    0    0-2    2    6    
Dakota Wallin    0    0    0-0    1    0
Jeffrey Dickey    1    0    2-2    0    4
Kelton Fisher    0    0    0-0    2    0
Isaac Sorensen    4    0    2-4    3    10
Eli Engbrecht    0    0    0-0    1    0
Michael Musgrove    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jared Sharp    2    0    0-0    0    4
Darin Knobbe    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kevin Chavira    1    0    0-1    0    2
TOTALS    15    5    4-9    10    49
Ogallala 32
J. Cogdill 11, J. VanLaningham 4, D. Bush 9, B. Borer 1, C. Rezec 3, B. Hoppens 4.
Ogallala totals: 2 pt. FG—10; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—3-4; Fouls—19; TP—32.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    20    12    9    8—49
Ogallala    8    8    7    9—32
Yuma closes out December
The Longhorns will play their final game of their pre-Christmas schedule when they travel to Yuma, Colo. tonight (Thursday).
Zuege said Yuma is always a tough floor to win on and expects nothing different this week.
Both Yuma and Chase County have defeated their common opponent—McCook.
The Longhorns defeated McCook 52-40 while Yuma defeated McCook 52-47.
Games tonight include varsity, jayvee and C team games with jayvee boys and girls action beginning at 4 p.m.
The varsity girls will then play first, followed by the boys. The boys’ C team game will be played during the girls’ varsity game and vice versa for the girls’ C team game.


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