|Dragons split in weekend play|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
Dragon boys’ basketball players returned from holiday break to earn a tight-at-the-end 53-50 win over Chase County, Neb. Friday, Jan. 4. They turned around to suffer a 37-49 loss to Shining Mountain Saturday, Jan. 5. Both games were played on the Dragon court.
Holyoke 53, Chase County 50
Friday night, coach Scott Dille said it was the first time all season he felt like the team came out from the beginning, ready to play.
Chase County switched to zone defense, and the Dragons didn’t attack as well, said Dille. But he praised the team for their effort, noting they stuck with it. “They showed lots of courage to get it done, and I’m proud of them,” he added.
HHS grabbed a strong 20-14 first-quarter lead, paced by Deyten Klein’s seven points on one trey and four for four from the line in that period.
The visiting Longhorns outscored Holyoke 11-9 in the second, but the Dragons still maintained a four-point lead at halftime.
Deyten Klein is up and over the Chase County defenders to draw a foul in Friday night basketball action in the Dragon gym. Klein was six for six from the line against the visiting Longhorns. —Enterprise photo
With a 12-10 third-quarter edge, Holyoke was back on top by six as the game headed into the final period.
It became a nail-biter near the end when Chase County tied it up in the closing minutes. But the Dragons prevailed for the three-point win, 53-50.
Tito Fierro led the Dragon scoring with 13 points on three two-pointers, two treys and a free throw. Brett Cumming was also in double digits with 10 on two two-point baskets, one three-pointer and three for five from the line.
Klein finished the game with six for six from the line for HHS.
Holyoke 37, Shining Mountain 49
Facing an unfamiliar team, the Dragons took on the Shining Mountain Lions from Boulder Saturday.
Coach Dille said they knew the 1A team was good as they entered the game with a 5-0 record and had defeated Resurrection Christian. “They’re probably the biggest team we’ll see,” added Dille.
The Dragons knew the game would be a challenge but were really focused, said the coach, adding they played super hard.
Dille noted they played a good three quarters, but then he got frustrated in the fourth and the team fed off his frustration. He took the loss on his shoulders.
Dille said Shining Mountain took away some of the things the Dragons like to do. “We like to attack the basket,” he explained. But the Lions set up a defense to keep them outside.
“It’s good to have those kinds of challenges,” said Dille, again noting pride in the focus that the team members played with.
Shining Mountain took a 15-9 first-quarter lead, but the Dragons made it a two-point game at halftime, trailing 22-24.
The visitors outscored Holyoke 10-7 and 15-8 in the final two periods to claim the 49-37 victory.
Holyoke only shot four free throws in the ball game, making one of them. Shining Mountain was four for 11 from the line.
Brett Cumming and Klein combined for 23 of Holyoke’s 37 points. Cumming scored 12 on three two-pointers and two treys, while Klein sank two two-point shots, two three-pointers and one free throw for 11 points.
Holyoke traveled to Wiggins Tuesday, Jan. 8, with results of that game to appear in next week’s Enterprise. The Dragons will be on the road again Saturday, Jan. 12 when they head to Burlington for action beginning at 2 p.m.
Holyoke Enterprise January 10, 2013