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By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

Carl Zuege’s Chase County Longhorns took an important step Monday when they dispatched Sutherland 41-29 in the opening round of the SPVA.
The path to another appearance in the SPVA finals goes through Bridgeport tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the North Platte Community College gym.
Bridgeport defeated Kimball 69-43 in their tournament opener Monday as well.
On the other  side of the bracket North Platte St. Pat’s advanced over Maxwell 54-23 and will meet Hershey tonight in the other semi-final. Hershey defeated Perkins County  50-29.
This marked the first year that first-round SPVA games were played at the home sites of the top four seeds, with all four of the host teams winning their opener.
Nothing easy
At this point in the season, no game is easy, Zuege said this week. And he expects Bridgeport wants to get to the conference finals just as bad as the Longhorns.
With Monday’s win, the Bulldogs from Bridgeport bring in their own 12-2 season mark. Their only losses came before Christmas to Class B Gering and a 10-1 Hemingford.
The Longhorns certainly can’t look by the Bulldogs in the semi-finals. While they’ve been looking for a rematch of last year’s final with St. Pat’s, Zuege noted they need to take care of business one game at a time.
With any wildcard hopes probably off the table after two losses last week, Zuege said they need to stay focused on their goals. Right now, that focus is on the SPVA tournament.
Longhorns now at 9-4
While Sutherland tried to slow the game down against the Longhorns, the Longhorns still scored 41 points Monday.
Scoring woes hurt the Longhorns in two of last weeks three games.
On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Longhorns met Southern Valley Eagles in the new McCook Community College gym.
The Eagles came in at 8-3 and held the Longhorns to just 40 points and went 9-13 at the line in the fourth quarter to pull off a 44-40 win.
Chase Co. 40
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Travis Luhrs    1    2    3-4    3    11
Ryan Moline    0    2    0-0    5    6
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    0    0    0-0    1    0    
Dakota Wallin    0    0    3-4    0    3
Jeffrey Dickey    3    1    0-0    4    9
Kelton Fisher    1    0    1-4    5    3
Isaac Sorensen    4    0    0-0    2    8
Eli Engbrech    0    0    0-0    0    0
Michael Musgrove    0    0    0-0    0    0
Darin Knobbe    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kevin Chavira    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    9    5    7-12    20    40
So. Valley 44
A. Varela 9, J. Perkins 3, S. Miller 4, C. Best 3, D. Best 8, J. Kramer 3, H. Quinn 14.
So. Valley totals: 2 pt. FG—9; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—17-26; Fouls—11; TP—44.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    8    3    20    9—40
So. Valley    12    9    7    16—44

On Thursday, Jan. 15, the Longhorns played host to Perkins in their 5th annual “Pink Out” game to raise cancer awareness.
After a 10-0 run to start to the game, the Longhorns cooled off but the defense held Perkins County to four points in the first quarter.
Finally, the Longhorns came alive offensively, scoring 18 in the second and 19 in the third  quarter to put the game away.
The game finished with a running clock when the Longhorns opened up a 40-point lead late in the fourth. The final score stood at 63-21.
Chase Co. 63
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Travis Luhrs    1    2    4-4    5    12
Ryan Moline    0    1    0-0    2    3
Ike Maxwell    1    0    0-0    0    2
Tyler Jennings    0    0    1-2    0    1
Jose Cepeda    0    0    0-0    0    0
Destyn Milner    0    0    0-0    0    0
Dakota Wallin    0    0    2-2    1    2
Jeffrey Dickey    3    1    2-3    0    11
Kelton Fisher    4    2    4-9    1    18
Isaac Sorensen    1    0    1-2    2    3
Eli Engbrech    2    0    0-0    0    4
Michael Musgrove    1    0    1-3    0    3
Jared Sharp    0    0    0-2    1    0
Darin Knobbe    1    0    0-1    0    2
Kevin Chavira    0    0    2-6    0    2
TOTALS    14    6    17-34    12    63
Perkins Co. 45
B. Schrotberger 2, T. Thelander 2, C. Johnson 2, C. White 7, J. Johnston 4, M. Lagler 2, Z. Kurkowski 2.
Perkins Co. totals: 2 pt. FG—9; 3 pt. FG—1; FT/FTA—0-4; Fouls—23; TP—21.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    10    18    19    16—63
Perkins Co.    4    7    10    0—21

On Friday, Jan. 16, the Longhorns traveled to Gothenburg to face the Swedes, who came into  the  game at 8-4.
After scoring 17 in the first quarter for a 17-8 lead, the Longhorns went cold. Over the next three quarters, they could only manage to score another 20 points. Zuege said the Longhorns had trouble matching up with Gothenburg’s two big men, one at 6-7 and another at 6-5.
That, coupled with a breakdown in defense that gave up three treys to open the quarter, left the Longhorns trailing at half 23-26. By the end of the third, that deficit increased to 29-41.
The Longhorns battled back in the fourth quarter, narrowing the gap to seven.
Zuege called a time-out to challenge his players to get some defensive stops. They did just that.
In six trips up the floor, the Longhorns held the Swedes without a bucket. The only problem was that the Longhorns couldn’t convert on the other end.
“We hit a couple of shots and the game goes our way,” Zuege said.
Zuege said all their shots during that span came up short, signaling some fatigue in the legs after playing three games in five days.

Chase Co. 37
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Travis Luhrs    1    4    0-2    3    14
Ryan Moline    0    0    0-0    3    0
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    0    0    0-0    0    0    
Dakota Wallin    0    0    0-2    0    0
Jeffrey Dickey    1    3    1-2    3    12
Kelton Fisher    2    0    2-2    2    6
Isaac Sorensen    2    0    1-4    2    5
Eli Engbrech    0    0    0-0    0    0
Michael Musgrove    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jared Sharp    0    0    0-0    1    0
Darin Knobbe    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kevin Chavira    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    6    7    4-12    14    37
Gothenburg 49
J. Clark 1, D. Graham 13, C. Schwanz 2, C. Hahn 9, T. Clement 6, T. Borchardt 18.
Gothenburg totals: 2 pt. FG—16; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—8-15; Fouls—11; TP—49.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    17    6    6    8—37
Gothenburg    8    18    15    8—49

With Monday’s win over Sutherland, the Longhorns go into tonight’s game with  Bridgeport with a 9-4 record.
The winner will play either St. Pat’s or Hershey in the finals on Saturday at 5 p.m. MT in North Platte. The boys’ consolation game precedes the finals at 2 p.m. MT.



 

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