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Chase County has won six of last seven games

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Since Jan. 15, the Chase County girls’ team has won six of the seven basketball games they have played.
That represents two-thirds of the wins on the Lady Longhorns’ 9-9 record. The girls evened their record last week with wins over Haxtun, Colo. and Bridgeport.
The team is hoping to continue that winning streak this week and next, but Coach Mark Bottom said they have some tough games ahead.
After traveling to Wray, Colo., Tuesday, Chase County will host North Platte St. Pat’s Friday night in a rematch of the SPVA tournament finals.
While Chase County lost the conference championship game to St. Pat’s not quite two weeks ago, Coach Bottom said one of the things they’ll do differently Friday will be to defend Ann O’Malley better.
“We’re going to work to eliminate the touches” she gets on the ball, he said, making the other four shoot. O’Malley scored 24 in the SPVA finals.
St. Pat’s was 17-2 early this week.
Since it will be the last home game this season, Friday will also be set aside for Senior Night events. Games will start at 4 p.m. Friday with the JV contests.
On Tuesday, the teams will be in Wauneta to face the Wauneta-Palisade girls, whose varsity is 14-5 this week.
“They are playing good basketball,” Bottom said of the Lady Broncos. They have a pair of good guards and one with some post presence, he said.
“We’ll need to establish ourselves early inside like we did against Bridgeport,” he said.
Games start at 3 p.m. and will be played in one gym. Efforts are being made to start the afternoon off with a girls’ C game. If that happens, the girls’ JV game will be next, followed by the varsity girls and boys. There will be no JV boys’ game in Wauneta due to low Bronco numbers.
Win at Haxtun
Chase County won a close one at Haxtun Jan. 27, winning by three, 51-48.
The Lady Longhorns had a double-digit lead in the third quarter, but were outscored by Haxtun, 18-10, in the fourth to make it a close finish.
Coach Bottom said Haxtun went to a half-court press in the fourth quarter, causing his team too many turnovers. Missed free throws the final eight minutes were also a factor, he said, as his team hit just four of 10 from the line.
Overall on free throws, Chase County was five of 14 in the game (35 percent). Haxtun wasn’t much better from the line, hitting six of 14.
Bottom said Haxtun also executed well again Chase County’s 2-3 zone, and was one of the better teams to do so all season. They also had good post play.
“I felt good to come away with a win,” he said.
It was the first game for Chase County after the SPVA tournament that finished just three days earlier.
“We maybe were a little flat after the SPVA,” he added.
Chase County had a fairly good night from two-point range, hitting 20 of 44 for 45 percent. Haxtun was 15 of 47 (32 percent).
On treys, Destiny Reinke and Josie Peterson recorded one each for the Lady Longhorns. Haxtun hit four.
Taylin McNair led the scoring with 15. Also in double figures was Paige spady with 10. Reinke had nine.
In other stats, MaKenna Ketter led with seven rebounds while Valeria Cerventes had six. Spady had five assists and Ketter was credited with three steals.
Chase Co. 51
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kadyn Milner    0    0    2-2    0    2
Destiny Reinke    2    1    2-2    2    9
Cheyanne Kuhlman    0    0    0-0    1    0
Josie Peterson    0    1    0-0    0    3
Taylin McNair    7    0    1/3    1    15
Molly Luhrs    0    0    0-0    0    0
Makenna Wallin    0    0    0-0    4    0
Paige Spady    5    0    0-5    2    10
Emma Bauerle    0    0    0-0    0    0
MaKenna Ketter    2    0    0-2    2    4
Valeria Cervantes    4    0    0-0    2    8
Jessica Hartman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylar Nickless    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    20    2    5-14    14    51
Haxtun 48
M. Gerk 14, L. Wilkening 10, M. Hadeen 2, C. Dickerson 17, J. Kurtzer 2, R. Kurtzer 3.
Haxtun totals: 2 pt. FG—15; 3 pt. FG—4; FT/FTA—6-14; Fouls—17; TP—48.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    17    8    16    10—51
Haxtun    14    8    8    18—48
Bridgeport victory
Chase County captured its ninth win of the season Friday night with a 50-35 win over Bridgeport, the same team they upset in the first round of the SPVA tournament.
“We played well. We established our inside game early and they didn’t adjust,” Coach Bottom said.
Chase County was again in the 40 percent range for two-point shooting, hitting 16 of 40 for exactly 40 percent. They also did better from the line, dropping in nine of 14 for 64 percent.
Reinke was also on track from outside the arc, swishing three treys enroute to her 11 points for the night. McNair led all scorers in the game with 16 points.
Haxtun was 14 of 42 (33 percent) from two-point range, hit two treys and finished one of five at the line.
McNair and Ketter were the team’s leading rebounders with seven and six, respectively. Spady had three assists and three steals.
Chase Co. 50
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kadyn Milner    0    0    0-0    0    0
Destiny Reinke    0    3    2-2    2    11
Cheyanne Kuhlman    0    0    0-0    1    0
Josie Peterson    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylin McNair    7    0    2-4    0    16
Molly Luhrs    0    0    0-0    0    0
Makenna Wallin    0    0    3-4    2    3
Paige Spady    3    0    0-0    0    6
Emma Bauerle    0    0    0-0    0    0
MaKenna Ketter    4    0    1-2    3    9
Valeria Cervantes    2    0    1-2    3    5
Jessica Hartman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylar Nickless    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    16    3    9-14    11    50
Bridgeport 35
K. Kildow 4, B. Harding 2, M. Dudden 11, O. Aguilar 8, A. Weborg 8, K. Garza 2.
Bridgeport totals: 2 pt. FG—14; 3 pt. FG—2; FT/FTA—1-5; Fouls—12; TP—35.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    17    11    14    8—50
Bridgeport    12    7    6    10—35

 

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