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Lady Longhorns working to reverse five-game slide PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Losing five games in a row isn’t setting well with the Lady Longhorn basketball team.
Coach Mark Bottom said he and the team are all disappointed with the five straight losses, but are working hard at turning around the team’s 3-7 record.
What’s even more frustrating is they’ve been doing a lot of things right especially in last week’s losses to Dundy Co./Stratton and Kimball, Bottom said Monday.    
The coach said one of the big areas they are focusing on at practice now is confidence and being aggressive on offense.
He said some lineup changes are also being considered.
“We are also shooting a lot at practice, but confidence is the main focus,” he said.
Chase County is hoping to get a couple of wins under their belts this week.
After traveling to McCook to face 3-10 Southern Valley Tuesday, they will host Perkins County (0-10) tonight (Thursday) for the annual Pink Out game.    
Games Thursday start at 4:30 p.m. with JV action, followed by the girls’ and boys’ varsity games.
On Friday, they are back on the road to Gothenburg for a rematch after their close 34-38 loss to the Lady Swedes in the holiday tournament. Contests in Gothenburg start at 3:30 p.m. MT with the JV games with varsity to follow.
Next week has been set aside for the SPVA Conference Tournament. It appears the Lady Longhorns will be on the road for its opening game on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Who they will play depends on how games came out Tuesday this week, said A.D. Troy Hauxwell.
Seventh and eighth place games will be played next Friday, Jan. 23, in North Platte.  
The fifth-sixth, third-fourth and championship games, both girls and boys, all will be played Saturday, Jan. 24, at North Platte Community College.
Brackets for the remainder of the SPVA tournament will be in next week’s issue.    
Dundy Co./Stratton game
Chase County suffered a tough loss from undefeated Dundy Co./Stratton Jan. 6 in their first game back after the Christmas break.
Coach Bottom said his team played as well as they thought they had to in order to stay in the game with the Lady Tigers.
“But, they just shot the ball so well,” he said. “They are a great offensive team.”    
Chase County had fewer turnovers than their opponents, more rebounds and more deflections, as well as a higher percentage from two-point range.
And, he felt his team was able to keep DC/Stratton out of transition and handled their press well.
But it was hard to match the Lady Tigers’ shooting.
Amidst the DC/Stratton offense that night were nine treys, compared to just one for Chase County. The 24-point difference on threes was a big factor in the Lady Longhorns’ 42-69 loss.
Dundy County also had twice as many free throws made as Chase County, 10 compared to five.
Chase County hit 17 of 49 from two-point range (35 percent), while DC/Stratton dropped in 16 from the field.
MaKenna Ketter led in rebounds with seven, Destiny Reinke and Josie Peterson each had three assists, while Makenna Wallin was credited with two steals.
Taylin McNair led Chase County’s scoring with 11, while Paige Spady added eight.
DC/Stratton was 12-0 early this week and is the only D1 school in the state that is undefeated.
Chase Co. 42
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kadyn Milner    2    0    0-0    0    4
Destiny Reinke    1    0    0-0    1    2
Cheyanne Kuhlman    0    0    0-0    1    0
Josie Peterson    1    0    0-0    0    2
Taylin McNair    3    1    2-2    1    11
Molly Luhrs    0    0    0-0    0    0    
Makenna Wallin    0    0    0-2    1    0
Paige Spady    4    0    0-0    3    8
Emma Bauerle    1    0    2-2    1    4
MaKenna Ketter    2    0    1-3    2    5
Valeria Cervantes    2    0    0-0    2    4
Jessica Hartman    1    0    0-0    0    2
Taylar Nickless    0    0    0-0    1    0
TOTALS    17    1    5-9    13    42
DC/Stratton 48
K. Burke 11, F. Sanford 12, E. Jones 10, A. Frederick 13, L. Nelms 2, P. Zarkowski 4, N. Kent 17.
DC/Stratton totals: 2 pt. FG—16; 3 pt. FG—9; FT/FTA—10-18; Fouls—13; TP—69.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    9    6    14    13—42
DC/Stratton    14    13    25    17—69
Kimball game
A lopsided tally in free throws was the difference in Saturday night’s Chase County loss to Kimball, 35-42.
Chase County hit seven more shots from two-point range and both teams hit three treys, but when it came to free throws, Kimball had the edge.
Kimball hit 21 of 30 from the line (70 percent) to just six of 18 for Chase County (33 percent).
“We let them to the line to much, especially fourth quarter,” Bottom said.
In the final eight minutes, Kimball hit 14 of 18 from the line. That’s the only spot from which Kimball scored the last quarter.
From two-point range, Chase County was 10 of 41 (24 percent) compared to three of 22 for Kimball (14 percent).
McNair and Ketter each had nine points to lead Chase County’s scoring.
McNair led in rebounds with 10, Spady had four assists and Ketter grabbed three steals.
Chase Co. 35
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kadyn Milner    0    0    0-0    0    0
Destiny Reinke    0    0    0-0    1    0
Cheyanne Kuhlman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Josie Peterson    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylin McNair    1    2    1-3    2    9
Molly Luhrs    0    0    0-0    0    0    
Makenna Wallin    0    1    3-8    3    6
Paige Spady    4    0    0-4    2    8
Emma Bauerle    0    0    0-0    0    0
MaKenna Ketter    4    0    1-3    4    9
Valeria Cervantes    1    0    1-2    4    3
Jessica Hartman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylar Nickless    0    0    0-0    2    0
TOTALS    10    3    6-20    18    35
Kimball 42
K. Dickerson 5, J. Hanks 4, M. Biesecker 6, A. Reader 5, D. Daum 22.
Kimball totals: 2 pt. FG—3; 3 pt. FG—5; FT/FTA—21-30; Fouls—16; TP—42.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    8    12    6    9—35
Kimball    11    5    12    14—42

 

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