|Relentless play by Plainsmen seals Saturday victory over Haymakers|
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Guard Chase Lampmann’s two shots distanced his Plainsmen from Cozad and Michael York relentlessly drove to the hoop for layups and foul shots to give Perkins County a 52-40 win over Cozad Saturday evening in Grant.
Lampmann swished a foul line jumper and then massaged one off the rim, backboard and down to run Perkins County’s second quarter lead to 21-11.
York glanced three shots off the glass and also hit a game-high six free throws. With points in every quarter, his consistency and 16 points glued the win together for the Plainsmen.
Max Jones swung around the arc and swished a jumper for a 2-0 lead for the home team; 11-7 Perkins County never trailed.
“I am excited for the way we are playing,” Head Coach Shawn Cole said of his Plainsmen. “We are getting better and starting to play well at the right times. I think we control our path to the state tourney. I know we can make it if we play the ball we are capable of.”
The Plainsmen have won five of their last six games and seven of nine.
Eight different players scored for Perkins County in the first half in assembling a 32-16 lead. They attacked from every spot on the floor, with Josh Sexson dropping in high-speed layups, Kye Kurkowski finessing short-range jumpers, Nick Turner striking for a “three,” Erik Hagan burying a five-footer, and Mitch Cornelius landing a free throw.
“That [kind of depth] is a great thing to have. I feel that I can play 10 guys any time I need to. This is one of the best problems a coach can ask for.” Coach Cole said.
Only Cozad’s Jordan Hickenbottom prevented the game from turning ugly. His 16 points supported an otherwise overmatched Haymakers squad.
The senior swing forward Hickenbottom tapped in a rebound, pulled off the “up-and-under,” and dialed up from beyond the arc to keep the Haymakers within shouting distance.
Cozad guard Mason Fischer parlayed two steals into breakaway baskets in the fourth quarter, but, alas, too little, too late.
Obviously the afternoon belonged to Lampmann’s team, though, especially after he backed into the middle of the lane and hooked in a field goal for a 41-25 third quarter Plainsmen lead.
Sexson scored 10 points for Perkins County, Kurkowski eight and Lampmann six.
Cozad 7 9 12 12—40
Perkins Co. 14 18 11 9—52
The Plainsmen finish the regular season on the road, having traveled to Chappell to challenge the 10-6 Creek Valley Storm on Tuesday (results not available at press time).
The Plainsmen lock up with 7-9 Ogallala tonight (Thursday). Ogallala has defeated common opponents Chase County, Hershey and Cozad by 12 points or more.