Mallie McNair is up and over the hands of Dundy Co. Stratton’s defense last week, as she takes a shot from two-point range. She finished with 20 points. (Photo courtesy of Renae Bottom)

Lauren Gockley runs into some defensive pressure as she attempts a layup against Dundy Co. Stratton. (Photo courtesy of Renae Bottom)

Girls split contests with Dundy Co. Stratton, Kimball

Two games were first of 2018 on schedule

    In their first two games of the 2018 portion of their scheduled, Chase County’s Lady Longhorns took a decisive win from Kimball, but lost to their neighbors from Dundy Co. Stratton.
    Coach Mark Bottom said the two games were polar opposites. Chase County toppled Kimball by 37 points on Saturday, but lost by 23 to Dundy Co. Stratton on Jan. 2.
    The 1-1 finish last week kept Chase County’s record even at 6-6.
    After traveling to play So. Valley Tuesday, the teams travel to Grant today (Thursday) for the eighth annual Pink-Out games with Perkins County.
    Coach Bottom said the Pink-Out games in January each year are a positive influence on his team. He said the girls enjoy wearing the special pink uniforms as they play and support the FFA chapters’ fundraising for cancer patients in both communities.
    The JV games start at 4:30 p.m., followed by girls’ and boys’ varsity contests.
    The girls’ varsity is 1-8 on the season, with their single win coming against Paxton.
    Coach Bottom said if his team plays with the intensity and effort they have shown, they should control the game.
    Action returns to Imperial on Friday, when Chase County hosts Gothenburg, a 6-5 varsity team this week.
    He said his team will have to play good solid basketball, eliminate mistakes and shoot better free throws to overcome the Lady Swedes.
    Games get underway at 4 p.m. with the JVs, followed by girls’ and boys’ varsity in the Longhorn gym.
SPVA seeding this week
    The outcome of Tuesday’s game against So. Valley will likely determine whether the Lady Longhorns are at home or on the road Monday for the first round of the girls’ SPVA Conference tourney.
    Top-seeded North Platte St. Pat’s has a first round bye Monday, while the No. 2, 3 and 4-seeded teams will host the No. 5, 6  and 7 teams.
    The semi-finals continue next Thursday, Jan. 18, with the finals on Saturday, Jan. 20. The semi-final and championship games are all at North Platte Community College.
Dundy Co. Stratton game
    Chase County had a good start in the Jan. 2 game at Dundy Co. Stratton, holding the Lady Tigers from any scoring the first four minutes.
    But, DCS got their offense going and took a slight 10-9 lead as the first quarter ended.
    “From there it just unravelled,” Bottom said.

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