|Girls lose in Friday's overtime heartbreaker|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
During a “good weekend” of basketball, according to coach Arlan Scholl, the Lady Dragon basketball team gave it their all defending their home court against Akron Friday, Jan. 29. The girls suffered a heartbreaking defeat, losing by two points in overtime.
Holyoke didn’t let that slow them down, grabbing a big 49-26 win over Chase County at Imperial Saturday, Jan. 30.
Holyoke 54, Akron 56
“I was so proud to see the girls play with emotion and determination against Akron,” said Scholl. “They fought hard to the end and can be very proud of their effort.”
While the Dragons started out slow, they had a huge comeback, landing some very key baskets at the beginning of the second half. Trailing 16-24 at halftime, HHS took the lead 28-26 during the third quarter.
Outscoring Akron by 10 points in the third period, the Dragons went into the fourth quarter with the lead by two. Holyoke kept the scores close and fought for the win, but with time running out, the score stood tied 43-43 at the buzzer.
In overtime, Nora Roth, Laura Gerk and Shelby Beavers all put up points, but Holyoke couldn’t quite catch the Rams for the win, losing 54-56.
“The varsity girls gave it all they had and just came up two points short in the overtime loss to Akron,” said Scholl.
Both teams played very aggressively, with two Dragons and one Ram fouling out.
Holyoke significantly improved their shooting in Friday’s game, landing a 43.9 field goal percentage compared to Akron’s 41.7 percent. From the line, Holyoke shot at 70.6 percent over Akron’s 58.3 percent.
Roth led Dragon scoring with 16 points including five two-pointers and six for eight from the line. Gerk added 15 with two two-pointers, three three-pointers and two for two from the line, and Marissa Smith had 14 points including three two-pointers, two three-pointers and two for two in free throws.
Chasity Pelle led in rebounds, bringing down eight. Smith and Shelby Beavers both had three steals and five assists.
“We get another chance at Akron in the district tournament,” said Scholl, “And we will be ready.”
Holyoke 49, Chase County 26
“We started out kind of slow against Chase County on Saturday night,” said Scholl, “But came out after halftime and looked more like the Lady Dragon team that I know can play some very good basketball.”
With a tied score of 13-13 at halftime, Holyoke kicked it up a notch in the third and fourth quarters. They outscored the Longhorns 36-13 in the second half, giving them the 49-26 win at the final buzzer.
“I think emotionally it was a little hard to get going after the loss on Friday night,” noted Scholl. “You try to block that out and go out and hustle, but I know sometimes it takes a while to get back into the game mentally.”
Leading Dragon scoring was Smith with 16 points including four two-pointers, two three-pointers and two for two from the line. Beavers added 13 points with four three-pointers and one for two from the line.
The Dragons shot at 36.4 percent accuracy compared to Chase County’s 29.6 percent. In free throws, Holyoke again topped their opponent, shooting at 55 percent over the Longhorn’s 40.9 percent.
In rebounds, Marci Vasa led the team with seven, and she also had four assists in Friday’s game. Pelle totaled two blocks and two steals against Chase County.
HHS travels to Wray Friday, Feb. 5 for games scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. They will host Burlington Saturday, Feb. 6 with games beginning at 3 p.m. and the mom’s free throw contest at halftime.
Next week, the Dragons host Dundy County on Tuesday, Feb. 9 (dad’s free throw contest) as well as Fleming on Thursday, Feb. 11 with both scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Thursday’s game is parents/senior night as well as the Lady Dragons’ Pink Zone game to raise awareness for breast cancer.