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Lady Longhorns back on winning track after Perkins Co., Gothenburg victories PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

After a six-game slide, Chase County’s Lady Longhorns were back on the winning track, picking up two wins in three basketball games on last week’s schedule.
The pair of wins against Perkins County and Gothenburg, matched by a loss to So. Valley, sent them into this week’s SPVA Conference tournament, where they are the No. 6 seeded team.
Their first tournament game Tuesday night sent Chase County (now 6-8) to No. 3 Bridgeport (now 7-7), where the Lady Longhorns upset the No. 3 Bridgeport team 54-31 to advance to Friday’s semi-final game.
After the tournament, the girls will be on the road next week on Tuesday to Haxtun, Colo., where JV and varsity games will start at 4 p.m.
Next up will be a rematch with Bridgeport on Friday, Jan. 30, on the Chase County home court.
Perkins Co. game
In a big way, Chase County got back on the winning track last Thursday with a 63-36 defeat of Perkins County, adding to the night’s Pink Out activities.
Despite a slow start and trailing 11-14 after the first quarter, Chase County was in double figures each of the next three quarters.
Perkins County, yet to secure a win this season at 0-12, is struggling with injuries, Coach Mark Bottom said. At least three of their starters were out last week.
Bottom was happy with the balanced scoring from his team, with three in double figures and another one close to that.     
MaKenna Ketter led the scoring with 16. Destiny Reinke got back into the team’s offense, scoring 12, while MaKenna Wallin chipped in 10. Valeria Cervantes added nine.
Chase County hit 23 of 65 for 35 percent, and added three treys from 11 tries. At the line, they dropped in eight of 13 (62 percent).
Individually, Ketter had nine rebounds, Reinke four assists and Paige Spady four steals in the game.
Chase Co. 63
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kadyn Milner    0    0    0-0    1    0
Destiny Reinke    2    2    2-4    2    12
Cheyanne Kuhlman    1    0    0-0    1    2
Josie Peterson    2    0    0-0    0    4
Taylin McNair    2    1    1-1    3    8
Molly Luhrs    1    0    0-0    0    2    
Makenna Wallin    2    0    3-4    1    7
Paige Spady    1    0    0-0    3    2
Emma Bauerle    0    0    0-0    2    0
MaKenna Ketter    8    0    0-0    3    16
Valeria Cervantes    4    0    1-2    4    9
Jessica Hartman    0    0    0-0    1    0
Taylar Nickless    0    0    1-2    1    1
TOTALS    23    3    8-13    22    63
Perkins Co. 36
C. Maaliao 3, M. Curtis 7, A. Brayten 4, K. Hoffert 9, K. Heinemann 6, M. Earl 3, K. Anderson 4.
Perkins Co. totals: 2 pt. FG—4; 3 pt. FG—2; FT/FTA—18-31; Fouls—11; TP—36.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    11    19    15    18—63
Perkins Co.    14    4    9    9—36
Gothenburg game
Chase County took an early lead and held onto it at Gothenburg Friday, finishing with a 46-30 win.
That avenged an earlier four-point loss the Lady Longhorns suffered to the Lady Swedes at the holiday tournament.
“We played really good defense,” Coach Bottom said, which proved the difference in the two games.
That came from adding a 1-3-1 defense to their game plan, he said, and his team also showed better aggressiveness on offense.
“We played hard the whole game. From the start, there was never a lull,” he said.
Gothenburg was held to just one basket the first quarter, while Chase County went up 11-2 after eight minutes. Chase County also outscored Gothenburg two of the three final quarters.
Reinke and Spady scored 10 apiece to lead the team. McNair and Ketter added another eight apiece.
From two-point range, Chase County hit 17 of 46 (37 percent), and put up two treys, one from Reinke and another from Taylar Nickless. At the line, Chase County hit six of 14 (42 percent).
Ketter and Wallin led the rebounding with six each, while Spady was credited with four steals.
Chase Co. 46
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kadyn Milner    0    0    0-0    1    0
Destiny Reinke    3    1    1-2    1    10
Cheyanne Kuhlman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Josie Peterson    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylin McNair    3    0    2-2    2    8
Molly Luhrs    0    0    0-0    0    0    
Makenna Wallin    0    0    0-0    4    0
Paige Spady    5    0    0-3    2    10
Emma Bauerle    0    0    0-0    0    0
MaKenna Ketter    3    0    2-3    1    8
Valeria Cervantes    3    0    1-5    3    7
Jessica Hartman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylar Nickless    0    1    0-0    2    3
TOTALS    17    2    6-15    16    46
Gothenburg 30
M. Franzen 4, M. Vogel 17, G. Stienike 9.
Gothenburg totals: 2 pt. FG—11; 3 pt. FG—0; FT/FTA—8-22; Fouls—13; TP—30.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    11    14    12    9—46
Gothenburg    2    9    14    5—30
So. Valley game
Chase County had a struggle from the start against So. Valley in a game played at a neutral site at McCook Community College Jan. 13.
So. Valley took the 46-29 win after putting up better numbers than Chase County in two-point shooting, free throws and treys.
Coach Bottom said his team had trouble adjusting to So. Valley’s half-court press and didn’t make adjustments in time.
Hot shooting from So. Valley, especially in the first quarter when they hit four treys, stymied Chase County, who trailed 27-16 at the half.
“We got behind early and just couldn’t adjust,” Bottom said. “We lost the momentum.”
The Lady Eagles continued to outscore Chase County in the second half.
Coach Bottom said he has been happy in recent games with the shots his team is taking. They just need to drop more in, he said.
From two-point range against So. Valley, the Lady Longhorns were nine of 31 (29 percent), and hit three of nine three-pointers, two from Taylin McNair and one from Kadyn Milner, who has been seeing some increased playing time lately.
At the line, they were 40 percent (2-5).
So. Valley was four of seven on treys, 14-40 (35 percent) from two-point range and 6-14 on free throws.
Taylin McNair led the scoring with 12 points. Ketter had seven rebounds, while Reinke and Josie Peterson each had two steals.
Chase Co. 29
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kadyn Milner    1    1    0-0    1    5
Destiny Reinke    0    0    0-0    1    0
Cheyanne Kuhlman    1    0    0-0    1    2
Josie Peterson    1    0    0-0    0    2
Taylin McNair    2    2    2-2    1    12
Molly Luhrs    0    0    0-0    0    0    
Makenna Wallin    0    0    0-2    3    0
Paige Spady    1    0    0-0    5    2
Emma Bauerle    0    0    0-0    0    0
MaKenna Ketter    2    0    0-0    1    4
Valeria Cervantes    1    0    0-0    1    2
Jessica Hartman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylar Nickless    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    9    3    2-4    14    29
So. Valley 46
C. Bose 4, K. Bose 8, S. Brooks 9, B. Hays 3, S. Quinn 11, L. Becker 9, T. Norman 2.
So. Valley totals: 2 pt. FG—14; 3 pt. FG—4; FT/FTA—6-14; Fouls—9; TP—46.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    8    8    4    9—29
So. Valley    14    13    11    8—46

 

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