By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
After upsetting No. 4 seed Gordon/Rushville by a basket in Monday’s play-in game of the C1-12 subdistrict tournament, the Lady Longhorns, seeded No. 5, lost to top-seeded Mitchell Tuesday.
Tuesday’s 67-43 loss ended the Lady Longhorns’ 2014-15 basketball season with a much improved 14-11 record.
Chadron upended Ogallala in Tuesday’s other semi-final game, 47-28. That pairs up No. 1 Mitchell and No. 2 Chadron for tonight’s (Thursday) subdistrict final.
That winner advances to the district finals Feb. 27.
On Monday, Chase County was down five at the half, then took a one-point lead by the end of the third en route to an exciting fourth quarter finish.
With about four minutes left in the game, Destiny Reinke hit a three to tie the score 43-43, then dropped in two free throws soon after to put Chase County up, 45-43.
The game was tied again at 47, 49 and 51, the latter on a bucket from Taylin McNair with 38 seconds left.
Gordon/Rushville had a chance to take a two-point lead, but Hinn missed both free throws after Paige Spady was called for a foul. Spady grabbed the rebound and brought it up the floor as seconds ticked away.
Josie Peterson was fed the ball and hit an eight-footer with less than four seconds left, putting Chase County up 53-51.
After a Gordon/Rushville timeout, they took the ball out with 3.8 seconds left. Just after the inbound, their coach called a second timeout, leaving about a second on the clock.
Just as the coach called his second timeout, a Gordon/Rushville player took a shot and made it, but the referees ruled it was after the timeout whistle, and Chase County’s 53-51 lead held.
Eight scored for Chase County Monday, and three were in double figures—Reinke with 15, McNair 13 and Kadyn Milner 12.
Others on the board were MaKenna Ketter 4, Makenna Wallin 3, Spady 2, Emma Bauerle 2 and Peterson 2.
After a 15-15 first quarter in Tuesday’s game, Mitchell went up by four at the half, 27-23.
Mitchell extended their lead in the third and fourth after outscoring Chase County 16-3 and 24-17. Mitchell advanced with the 67-43 win.
Scoring in Tuesday’s semi-final game were McNair 17, Reinke 6, Spady 6, Molly Luhrs 5, Ketter 4, Wallin 3 and Jessica Hartman 2.
More on the tournament will be in next week’s issue.