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Regular season comes to an end here Friday
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

Two big wins recently over Bridgeport and St. Pat’s helped the Chase County Longhorns build some character as the regular season draws down to a close.
However, the Longhorns got a different dose of character building Friday night against the Holyoke, Colo., Dragons. Early in the second quarter, the Longhorns found themselves trailing by 14 points.
It certainly wasn’t the kind of start Coach Carl Zuege was looking for.
Nonetheless, the Longhorns  nearly erased the deficit by half and survived a late surge by the Dragons. The Longhorns hit 6-9 free throws down the stretch to secure a comeback win, 51-45.
With several of his starters on the bench with foul trouble in the second quarter, Zuege turned to his bench for some kind of spark.
Destyn Milner, Jared Sharp and Jose Cepeda came in to pick up the slack and helped spur a rally.
With 3:05 left in the half, Travis Luhrs got the Longhorn offense going with not one 3-pointer but two 3-pointers, back to back. That narrowed the margin to nine, 21-30.
Milner followed up Luhrs with a trey of his own at the 1:35 mark. Sharp added a three-point play the traditional way, dropping a hoop, drawing the foul and making the free throw.
Sharp added one more hoop to nearly erase the earlier deficit, 29-30.
The Dragons got a bucket right at the buzzer to go in up 32-29 at half.
Zuege said Milner and Sharp really gave the Longhorns a “huge lift” with their scoring in the second.  
The two each scored five points in the quarter, along with Luhrs’ seven points to get the Longhorns right back in the game.
With their starters back on the floor to start the second half, the Longhorns turned up the defensive pressure.
After giving up 19 in the first quarter and 13 in the second, the Longhorns held the Dragons to just six in the third to pull ahead 39-38 going into the final quarter.
With 3:01 left, the Longhorns got a five-point lead, 46-41, after the Dragons’ head coach got tagged with a technical.
The Dragons added a bucket and a pair of free throws to pull within one, 46-45, fouling the Longhorns trying to get the ball back.
Ryan Moline drained a pair of free throws with :35 left to put the Longhorns up 48-45.
In the final 12 seconds, Luhrs was fouled twice, going 3-4 to sew up the win.
He finished the night as the leading scorer, tallying 13.

Chase Co. 51
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Travis Luhrs    1    2    5-8    1    13
Ryan Moline    0    1    5-7    2    8
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    2    1    1-1    0    8
Dakota Wallin    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jeffrey Dickey    2    0    1-2    3    5
Kelton Fisher    4    0    1-2    4    9
Cody Williams    0    0    0-0    0    0
Isaac Sorensen    1    0    0-0    3    2
Eli Engbrech    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jared Sharp    2    0    2-3    0    6
Darin Knobbe    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kevin Chavira    0    0    0-0    0    0
TOTALS    12    4    15-23    13    51
Holyoke 45
A. Herman 4, A. Strauss 7, T. Fierro 17, J. Loya 13, W. Powell 2, D. Kotch 2.
Holyoke totals: 2 pt. FG—13; 3 pt. FG—4; FT/FTA—7-10; Fouls—17; TP—45.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    10    19    10    12—51
Holyoke    19    13    6    7—45
Hershey
On Saturday night at Hershey, it was Isaac Sorensen’s turn to lead the Longhorns, scoring a game-high 19 points, along with 12 from Kelton Fisher.
The Longhorns turned in a strong first half, holding Hershey to just four points in the first quarter while putting up 19.
Hershey hit three treys in the second to help them cut two points off the Longhorns’ lead, who still held a 33-20 advantage at half.
Hershey’s Josh Margritz hit three treys in a row to open the third quarter, cutting the Longhorns’ lead to four. By the end of the quarter, the Longhorns reopened 41-33 lead.
From there, the Longhorns led by 12-15 points in the fourth, closing out the win, 57-46.
Chase Co. 57
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Travis Luhrs    1    1    0-0    1    5
Ryan Moline    0    1    2-2    0    5
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    2    1    1-2    0    8
Kelton Fisher    6    0    0-2    2    12
Cody Williams    0    0    0-0    0    0
Isaac Sorensen    8    0    3-3    1    19
Eli Engbrech    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jared Sharp    0    0    2-4    0    2
Darin Knobbe    0    0    0-0    0    0
Kevin Chavira    1    0    1-1    0    3
TOTALS    17    3    12-18    5    57
Hershey 46
D. Roberts 3, C. Frels 5, J. Margritz 15, B. Hellmuth 8, R. Cox 6, J. Connell 2, J. Davis 7.
St. Pat’s totals: 2 pt. FG—11; 3 pt. FG—7; FT/FTA—3-3; Fouls—13; TP—46.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    19    14    8    16—57
Hershey    4    16    13    13—46
Wauneta-Palisade
On Tuesday, Feb. 10, the Longhorns played what may be the final game against Wauneta-Palisade as they are no longer on the Longhorns’ schedule.
The Longhorns totally dominated the game, putting up 21 in the first quarter, holding W-P to just one basket.
By half, the Longhorns led 37-13 en route to a 66-26 win.
Zuege held out his top five in the final quarter, giving the other seniors on the squad some well-deserved playing time.
Luhrs led the scoring with 16 points followed by 12 from Fisher.
Chase Co. 66
2 PT.    3 PT.    FT/
FG    FG    FTA    F    TP
Travis Luhrs    2    3    3-6    0    16
Ryan Moline    1    1    0-0    2    5
Ike Maxwell    0    0    0-0    0    0
Tyler Jennings    0    1    0-0    1    3
Jose Cepeda    1    0    0-0    0    2
Destyn Milner    2    0    0-0    0    4
Dakota Wallin    2    0    2-2    1    6
Jeffrey Dickey    2    1    0-0    0    7
Kelton Fisher    5    0    2-2    3    12
Isaac Sorensen    2    0    1-3    0    5
Eli Engbrech    0    0    0-0    2    0
Michael Musgrove    0    0    0-0    0    0
Jared Sharp    2    0    0-1    1    4
Darin Knobbe    1    0    0-0    0    2
Kevin Chavira    0    0    0-1    1    0
TOTALS    20    8    15-16    11    66
Wauneta-Palisade 26
T. Davis 2, B. Nordhausen 2, C. Yearous 9, P. Behrends 2, C. Carl 4, C.Rathe 3, T. Carl 4.
Wauneta-Palisade totals: 2 pt. FG—10; 3 pt. FG—1; FT/FTA—3-4; Fouls—11; TP—26.
Points by quarters:
Chase Co.    21    16    22    7—66
Wauneta-Palisade    2    11    6    7—26
Longhorns at 17-5
Last week’s three wins improved the Longhorns to 17-5 and captured them the top seed in next week’s subdistrict at Alliance.
Chadron will come in as the second seed and will play Mitchell in the opening round Tuesday.
The Longhorns’ first round game Tuesday will be against the winner of Monday’s play-in game between the No. 4 and 5 seeds, Gordon-Rushville and Ogallala.
Game times can be found at nsaahome.org .
Regular season ends Friday
The Longhorns will close out the regular season here at home on Friday night when they play host to 8-12 Sutherland.
The Longhorns bring in an eight-game winning streak that started with the consolation win over Hershey in the SPVA tournament Jan. 24.
It will mark the final home game for this year’s seniors. They include Luhrs, Fisher, Moline, Sorensen, Cepeda, Jeff Dickey, Darin Knobbe, Kevin Chavira,  and Tyler Jennings.
Friday’s action begins at 5 p.m. with the jayvee game.  

 

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