|Dragons land one win, one overtime loss last weekend|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
Taking off time for Christmas break didn’t hinder Dragon basketball last weekend as the girls’ varsity team was back in action with two great games. Friday, Jan. 7 was a heartbreaking one-point loss in overtime competition against Chase County, Neb. The following day Holyoke came back for a strong win in Wiggins.
“This was a good showing for our basketball teams as we came off of a long holiday break,” said coach Arlan Scholl. He noted the girls only had three days of practice to get back in shape and prepare for two games while Chase County had practiced and also played two games during their break.
“I thought the girls competed well, and even though the varsity and junior varsity lost on Friday night in overtime, I felt they all played hard and had a chance to come away with two victories,” said Scholl.
“We look forward to competing against two very good teams this next weekend, as we play an undefeated Merino team at Merino and then a state-ranked team, Wray, here at home on Saturday,” he added.
KrisAnna Ham steals the ball away from Chase County’s Lexee Reichert during Holyoke’s
Holyoke 56, Chase Co. 57
Lady Dragon basketball certainly had the hometown crowd cheering Friday night as they took a close, exciting game into overtime.
Scores were back and forth most of the game, with HHS outscoring Chase County in the first and third quarters while the Longhorns came out on top in the second and fourth quarters.
Last minute shots, including a three-pointer by Laura Gerk, ended the fourth period with a tied score at 54. Chase County took the 57-56 win in overtime when Shannon Liewer sunk three of four free throws compared to Marci Vasa’s two for two.
Senior Mallory Bennett, who had just returned to basketball action after a December injury, led the Lady Dragons in scoring with 17 points including seven two-pointers and three for four from the line.
Bennett also landed 13 rebounds, three blocks and two steals Friday night. Vasa had five assists against Chase County while Gerk had two steals.
Laura Gerk looks for an opportunity to drive to the basket
Holyoke 37, Wiggins 23
HHS came home with a 37-23 win in a low-scoring game in Wiggins Saturday night.
Scholl noted the varsity girls started slow in the Wiggins game. “I think we had expended a lot of energy on Friday night, and then we had the long bus ride to Wiggins, along with the fact of an early start, not giving even 24 hours of rest.”
He said in the second half the girls picked up the defensive intensity and came away with a strong win. They outscored Wiggins 22-10 in that last half of the game.
Top scorer for the Dragons was Bennett with 10 points including five two-pointers.
Vasa had 12 rebounds and four assists on Saturday. KrisAnna Ham came away with two steals while Bennett had two blocks over Wiggins.
The Lady Dragons travel to Merino Friday, Jan. 14 for games starting at 4 p.m. The following day they host Wray at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 18 games against Yuma kick off at 4 p.m. in Holyoke.