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Two big wins send Lady Longhorns into regular season’s final week PDF Print E-mail

St. Pat’s upset comes at last home game and Senior Night

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

What a way to celebrate Senior Night and the last game of the season at home.
On top of that, the subdistrict tournament starts next week.
A two-point, overtime win over top C2 team, North Platte St. Pat’s, Friday couldn’t have come at a better time for the Lady Longhorns.
It also provided some revenge over the Lady Irish, who handed Chase County a 22-point loss in the SPVA tournament finals two weeks earlier.
It took an overtime to do it, but Coach Mark Bottom said his team’s growing confidence came through Friday night.
“They believe and are finding ways to do it and finish” their game, he said Monday.
Friday’s 43-41 win upped Chase County’s record to 11-9. They’ve won four in a row and eight of their last nine games.
It has to be mentioned that St. Pat’s four-year starter, point guard Anna O’Malley, did not play Friday. She scored 24 against Chase County in the SPVA championship game.
Scoring another 25 points against Chase County in that earlier game with St. Pat’s was Toni Caudillo. She was held to just three points Saturday.        That indicates Chase County’s win Friday was not a fluke, Coach Bottom said.
He said they learned the night before Friday’s game that O’Malley wouldn’t be here. They had been preparing a different approach to contain her all week, Bottom said.
“We were preparing to have a much better game. We felt we could’ve contained her,” he said.
Caudillo was moved to the point guard position for St. Pat’s Friday. Chase County’s preparation proved fruitful as Caudillo’s only points were a three-pointer the first quarter.
Coach Bottom said he was especially happy for the seniors on the team since it was Senior Night.
But, he said the entire team pitched in for the win. Three players—Paige Spady, Taylin McNair and Destiny Reinke—were in double figures.
The whole game was a battle, but Chase County held a slight lead throughout most of the first half. St. Pat’s hit two free throws with 43 seconds left to take their first lead of the game, 12-11, as the teams broke for halftime.
The Lady Longhorns didn’t trail for long. In the first minute and a half of the third, McNair, MaKenna Ketter and Spady each hit a bucket, putting them up 17-12.
St. Pat’s tied it up two minutes later with a bucket and a three-pointer, then hit another trey to lead 20-17.
Reinke gave her team the lead again, 21-20, after hitting back-to-back baskets in a 15-second span. St. Pat’s put up two more buckets but McNair finished the quarter with a bucket. Chase County still trailed by one, 23-24, as the third quarter ended.
Ketter and Spady each hit a bucket to start off the fourth, but a three from St. Pat’s tied the game 27-27 at the 5:27 mark.
Valeria Cervantes scored a two-pointer, then Spady hit the front end of two free throws to lead by three, 30-27, only to see St. Pat’s hit a free throw and another trey to jump ahead 31-30 at the two-minute mark.
Spady put her team in the lead again with another short jump shot, but a third trey with seven seconds left returned the lead to St. Pat’s, 34-32.
Chase County set up its play, fed Ketter the ball, who scored on a shot at the buzzer, sending the 34-34 game to O.T.
Reinke hit a trey with a minute gone in O.T., only to see it matched by Peyton Irish of St. Pat’s, knotting it 37-37.
Spady responded with a bucket and was fouled, and made her free throw, giving Chase County a 40-37 advantage.
After a St. Pat’s basket, Reinke was fouled with 0:25 left and hit the first of two from the line to hold onto a 41-39 lead. North Platte’s Amanda McClellan hit two free throws with nine seconds left, tying it at 41-41.
Chase County brought the ball down with seconds ticking away, as McNair attempted a three-pointer and was fouled. After missing the first free throw, she hit the next two with less than a second on the clock, not enough time for St. Pat’s to shoot.
Chase County’s 43-41 defeat of state-ranked St. Pat’s was only their third loss of the season. Other St. Pat’s losses have been to Ogallala and Kearney Catholic.
Coach Bottom credited Chase County’s defense, something that’s been winning games for the Lady Longhorns lately.  
From the field, Chase County hit 14 of 41 for 34 percent. They were nine of 13 from the line (69 percent) and Reinke had the team’s only two treys.
Spady scored 12 to lead the offense and also had four steals. McNair and Reinke each tallied 11.
McNair and Cervantes each had five rebounds, while McNair was also credited with four steals in the game.
Chase Co. 43
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kadyn Milner    0    0    0-0    0    0
Destiny Reinke    2    2    1-2    0    11
Cheyanne Kuhlman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Josie Peterson    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylin McNair    3    0    5-7    0    11
Molly Luhrs    0    0    0-0    0    0
MaKenna Wallin    0    0    0-0    3    0
Paige Spady    5    0    2-3    4    12
Emma Bauerle    0    0    0-0    1    0
MaKenna Ketter    3    0    1-2    3    7
Valeria Cervantes    1    0    0-0    0    2
Jessica Hartman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylar Nickless    0    0    0-0    1    0
TOTALS    14    2    9-14    12    43
St. Pat’s 41
R. Nitsch 7, A. McClellen 16, T. Caudillo 3, P. Irish 13, A. Skala 2.
St. Pat’s totals: 2 pt. FG—8; 3 pt. FG—7; FT/FTA—4-5; Fouls—14; TP—41.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    10    1    12    11    9—43
St. Pat’s    7    5    12    10    7—41
Big win at Wray
The Lady Longhorns upset another favored team at Wray, Colo., Feb. 3, winning a close 48-44 contest.
Reinke was on fire from outside the arc, hitting five threes in eight attempts to finish with 19 points, the game leader.
Coach Bottom said, again, Wray struggled with Chase County’s defense as Wray was held to 12 points below their offensive average.
Except for Dundy Co./Stratton and Chase County’s first game against St. Pat’s, all of the Lady Longhorns’ opponents have been under their scoring averages, he said.
While Chase County didn’t shoot as well from two-point range, 11 of 43 for 26 percent, the six treys they scored made up for it. From the line, Chase County hit eight of 17 (47 percent).
Spady was also in double figures for Chase County with 11, and also stole the ball five times. Ketter was the team’s leading rebounder with eight and also had three steals.
Chase Co. 48
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Kadyn Milner    1    0    1-2    1    3
Destiny Reinke    1    5    2-2    3    19
Cheyanne Kuhlman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Josie Peterson    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylin McNair    1    1    0-0    0    5
Molly Luhrs    0    0    0-0    0    0    
MaKenna Wallin    0    0    0-0    2    0
Paige Spady    4    0    3-6    4    11
Emma Bauerle    1    0    0-0    1    2
MaKenna Ketter    1    0    2-4    4    4
Valeria Cervantes    1    0    0-2    4    2
Jessica Hartman    0    0    0-0    0    0
Taylar Nickless    1    0    0-0    2    2
TOTALS    11    6    8-16    21    48
Wray 44
T. Godsey 4, K. Mooney 3, E. Weaver 2, T. Schneider 11, A. Brown 6, H. Lenz 13, B. Reed 5.
Wary totals: 2 pt. FG—11; 3 pt. FG—3; FT/FTA—13-24; Fouls—17; TP—44.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    8    11    14    15—48
Wary    11    7    14    12—44
Subdistricts start Monday
Seeding for the C1-12 subdistrict was expected to be posted today (Thursday), but based on point standings updated Wednesday, Chase County will be the No. 5 seed.
Before their two-point loss at Wauneta-Palisade Tuesday, Chase County was fifth in points with Gordon-Rushville in the No. 4  spot. A win Tuesday may have moved CCS up to No. 4, but the two teams would have still played each other Monday.
That 4/5 seed game is set so Chase County will play at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Alliance. Winner of Monday’s game will play top seed Mitchell Tuesday at 5 p.m., also in Alliance.
Points updated Wednesday show Mitchell will be the No. 1 seed, with Chadron at No. 2 and Ogallala the No. 3 seed.
The subdistrict championship game will be played next Thursday, Feb. 19, in Alliance. Thursday’s winner advances to the district finals Feb. 27.
Prior to next week’s subdistricts, Chase County will travel to Holyoke, Colo., this Friday to face the 8-7 Lady Dragons. JV games start at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, the last regular season games will be at Hershey, where the Lady Panther varsity girls were 8-12 early this week. JV games start in Hershey at 3:30 p.m. MT.