|Lady Dragons defeat Comm. Christian, face Akron Friday|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
Standing with a 5-6 record, Holyoke’s girls’ basketball team continues to improve midway through their season.
In a rematch against Sedgwick County Friday, Jan. 22 on the Cougars’ home court, the Dragons were defeated in a close match-up 43-47—a big improvement from the game last month.
“We were all disappointed to lose the game at Sedgwick County,” said coach Arlan Scholl.
However, the team came back out and played very well at NJC on Saturday, Jan. 23 against Community Christian, said Scholl. The Dragons dominated the game, winning 63-39.
“We are continuing to improve and play better basketball each game,” said Scholl, noting the team’s field goal and free throw shooting is making progress. “We continue to play very good defense, and we look forward to the rematch with Akron this Friday at home.”
Holyoke 43, Sedgwick Co. 47
With improved shooting and defense, the Dragons didn’t give up Friday’s game at Sedgwick County without a fight as the two teams kept the scores close throughout the game.
Holyoke held the lead at the end of the first quarter 15-10, with Marissa Smith earning nine of the 15 points. Holyoke was down by one at halftime, and the Cougars then outscored the Dragons 13-8 in the third period. While Holyoke came away with 11 points in the fourth, including six points by Nora Roth, it was not enough to take over the lead, and HHS trailed by four points at the final buzzer.
In team stats, Roth led Dragon scoring with 12 points including six two-pointers. Smith added 11 points followed by Shelby Beavers with 10.
As a team, Holyoke’s improved shooting landed at 34 percent, just under Sedgwick County’s field goal percentage at 39.6.
From the free throw line, Chasity Pelle and Marci Vasa both landed two out of two.
Roth led in rebounds with seven, and Smith had six steals against the Cougars.
Holyoke 63, Community Christian 39
HHS blew away Community Christian on Saturday, winning 63-39.
Action started off big for the Dragons as they scored 22 points in the first quarter, including four out of their five three-point shots. After establishing a lead early on in the game, Holyoke kept up the momentum, outscoring Community Christian in the next three quarters as well.
Top scorer for the Dragons was Roth with 16 points followed by Smith with 15 and Beavers with 11.
Field goal percentage for HHS was 39.7 compared to Community Christian at 36.6 percent.
In free throws, Vasa shot two for two, Beavers three for four and Roth two for three, contributing to Holyoke’s 62 percent accuracy from the line.
Mallory Bennett led in rebounds, bringing down six. Smith and Pelle both had two steals, and Smith, Vasa and Beavers all had three assists.
Having lost to Akron earlier in the season, Holyoke again faces the Rams Friday, Jan. 29 on the Dragons’ home court. Games are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
They also travel to Imperial, Neb. Saturday, Jan. 30 for games against Chase County beginning at 3 p.m.