|Lady Dragons upset Eagles for district win|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
Holyoke girls’ basketball team is headed to the regional tournament after a big upset win over Wray last Tuesday, Feb. 22. The No. 5-seeded Dragons defeated the No. 4 Eagles 36-33 in first-round district action.
“Our win at Wray was a great effort by the girls and a great win for our Lady Dragon basketball program,” said coach Arlan Scholl.
“This win pushed us into the regional round of the state tournament and gives us an opportunity to reach the final eight once again.”
After finishing fourth in the district tourney last week, the Lady Dragons will face Lyons Friday, March 4 in the first round of regionals.
“We will continue to work hard and prepare for a successful weekend,” added Scholl.
“The Lady Dragons want to thank all of our faithful fans for supporting us and look forward to your continued support as we work toward a state tournament berth.”
Kaylee Groshans goes up for two of her three points against Wray,
Holyoke 36, Wray 33
Top-notch defense earned Holyoke athletes their win at Wray Tuesday night, and ultimately a spot at the regional tournament.
“We have been struggling with our scoring this year, so our defense had to really pick it up and stop Wray,” said Scholl. “We prepared a defensive game plan, and the girls carried it out perfectly.”
Dragon scoring started off slow Tuesday, with the girls finding themselves down 4-13 at the end of the first quarter. Holyoke defense kept the Eagles to five points in the second period, lessening the gap to three points going into halftime.
In a successful second half, HHS outscored Wray 21-15, earning the Dragons an exciting 36-33 win over the Eagles.
In team stats, senior Mallory Bennett was top scorer with 10 points including five two-pointers.
Marci Vasa led rebounding with nine, and Laura Gerk grabbed four steals for the Dragons.
Laura Gerk drives down the court during Holyoke’s 36-33 victory
Holyoke 31, Sedgwick County 49
Tuesday’s win ensured Holyoke a spot in the district semifinals Thursday, Feb. 24 at NJC in Sterling.
In a tough game against No. 1-seeded Sedgwick County, the Lady Dragons took a 31-49 loss on Thursday.
Scholl said the girls continued their struggles on the offensive end. The Dragons were outscored in the first three quarters, giving Sedgwick County the opportunity to pull ahead with a big lead.
Fourth-quarter scores tied at 12 points, but unfortunately the district game ended with an 18-point loss for the Dragons.
Top Holyoke scorer was Erin Vieselmeyer with 13 points including six two-pointers and one free throw. The sophomore also led in rebounds with six.
KrisAnna Ham landed two steals Thursday while Maddie King, Marissa Chambers, Gerk and Vieselmeyer each had one block against Sedgwick County.
KrisAnna Ham looks to pass during Holyoke’s semifinal game against
Holyoke 31, Burlington 58
HHS faced Burlington Saturday, Feb. 26 in the third and fourth place match-up at NJC.
Once again, Dragon offense only put up 31 points, which simply wasn’t enough to compete with Burlington’s 58-31 win.
“This was against very tough competition, and the girls continued to play hard and give great effort on the court,” said Scholl of the district tournament action Thursday and Saturday.
He added the team has continued to put an emphasis on improving their shooting. “I look for that to pay dividends in the future.”
In Saturday’s district game, Vieselmeyer again led Dragon scoring with 13 points including five two-point shots and three for five from the line.
In rebounds, Duester and King both brought down seven. Vasa had three steals against Burlington, and Vieselmeyer landed three blocks.
Holyoke is set to play Lyons at 3 p.m. Friday, March 4 at Standley Lake High School in Westminster.
They must win on both Friday and Saturday to advance to the state tournament in Pueblo Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12.