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HHS Lady Dragons go 1-2 at districts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kyle Arnoldy   

Needing to win one game to qualify for the regional tournament beginning Friday, the Holyoke girls’ basketball team knocked off Burlington Tuesday, Feb. 26 before falling to Yuma Thursday, Feb. 28 and Wray Saturday, March 2.

The post season has been hectic for HHS as they have been steadily competing for the past two weeks.

“We have played a pretty brutal end-of-season schedule, having to play eight games in 16 days,” coach Arlan Scholl explained. “This does not allow much time to heal or rest injuries. Even though these players are in excellent physical shape, I felt that fatigue started to play a role in our performance.”

Holyoke 48, Burlington 30

The Lady Dragons hosted Burlington in the first round of the 2A District 2 Tournament, knocking off the Cougars 48-30 to end their season.

HHS controlled the game early on as they limited the Cougars to just two field goals in each of the first two quarters of play.

Meanwhile Holyoke continuously got to the hoop for open looks through aggressive defense and hustling after rebounds and loose balls. The Lady Dragons entered half up 20-10.

Erin Vieselmeyer handled the majority of the offensive load as she scored 11 of her team-high 16 points in the first half. Vieselmeyer finished the night with a double-double as she also grabbed 14 rebounds along with six steals in the match.

Zuri Lopez draws contact from a Burlington defender Tuesday, Feb. 26 during Holyoke’s 48-30 win in
the first round of the district tournament.  —Enterprise photo

Burlington’s offense picked up in the third quarter, but they only picked one point off the lead as they trailed 29-18 at the end of the third period.

Maddie King dominated in the paint in the final quarter to put Burlington away. HHS outscored the Cougars 19-12 in the period with King responsible for 10 points.

King would go on to finish the game with 15 points to go along with six rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

Holyoke led in every statistical category in the 48-30 victory. HHS outrebounded Burlington 29-20, had 14 turnovers compared to Burlington’s 18 and finished with more steals and assists than the Cougars.

Holyoke 36, Yuma 51

The Lady Dragons have had their share of problems with Yuma this season, losing both games during the season and falling 51-36 to them again in the district tournament semifinals.

Yuma lit up the scoreboard first as they opened the game on a 12-4 run.

HHS struggled with turnovers early in the quarter but played sharper as the period progressed. The Lady Dragons finished the period on an 8-0 run, battling with Yuma in the paint for contested baskets.

Erin Vieselmeyer again had a big first quarter, scoring 10 of Holyoke’s 12 points to remain knotted with Yuma 12-12 after eight minutes.

The second quarter was very similar to the first as the Lady Indians came out hot to start the period. After Yuma began on a 7-2 run, Holyoke responded with a 7-2 run of their own to tie the game at 21 at half.

Chandler Gerk gets a good look at the hoop during the Saturday, March 2 loss to Wray.  —Enterprise photo

Once again Yuma took control of the initial minutes of the third quarter, scoring 14 points compared to just four by the Lady Dragons in the first five minutes of the second half.

This time the Lady Dragons did not have an answer to the attack and were outscored in the quarter 18-8, giving Yuma the 39-29 advantage going into the last period.

Five of Holyoke’s seven points in the final eight minutes came from the free-throw line as they struggled to get the ball in the hoop to end the game. Yuma was able to run the clock down and walk away with the 51-36 victory.

Erin Vieselmeyer had a game-high 18 points in the loss.

Holyoke 47, Wray 55

In the previous two meetings with Wray, Holyoke won by an average of 16.5 points, including a 29-point blowout Jan. 19. The season begins anew in the district tournament, however, as the Lady Dragons fell 47-55 to the Lady Eagles in the consolation game.

The two teams traded baskets in the opening period with Wray taking the early 9-7 advantage after eight minutes of play.

Holyoke responded in the second quarter, outscoring Wray 11-5 to take an 18-14 lead at half.

Chandler Gerk provided some offensive spark for HHS in the first half as her aggressive play often resulted in an open look for her or a teammate.

Wray extended their lead in the third quarter as HHS couldn’t consistently find the bottom of the net on the offensive end of the floor.

Jacinda Krueger puts up a shot attempt with a hand in her face Saturday, March 2 against Wray.  
—Enterprise photo

“We did not shoot the ball well enough to win the Wray game,” Scholl said. “Twenty-two percent from the field won’t win you many ball games. Defensively, we were just a step slow and committed too many fouls.”

Heading into the final quarter, Wray had a 35-28 lead.

The two teams shot a combined 40 free throws in the final quarter. Holyoke connected on 11 of their 18 attempts while Wray sunk 15 of 22 to hold on to a 55-47 victory over HHS.

King led the Lady Dragons with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the double-double. Erin Vieselmeyer dropped 13 points in the match.

Upcoming action

Holyoke, 14-8, will face the 17-5 Rye Thunderbolts at Fountain Middle School Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m.

It is now win or go home time for the girls. If they win Friday night they will take on the winner of the Vanguard/Dayspring Christian game Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m.

Holyoke Enterprise March 7, 2013