|Lady Plainsmen sail to win over Gothenburg|
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Center Shania Metcalf battered Gothenburg with four field goals in second half’s opening three minutes and her Lady Plainsmen sailed to a 49-39 win in Grant Saturday night.
The younger, taller Metcalf sister posted herself right under the basket for three of the scores, and kicked out to the foul line for a jumper as well in finishing with a game-high 12 points. The Lady Swedes then trailed 31-15 after a Metcalf sisters’ personal 8-0 run.
The win evened the Lady Plainsmen’s season record at 2-2.
Tanya Metcalf slipped into open space left of the basket and left a soft shot in the net for two of her 11 points. She also popped out off the left block and turned around for a jumper and a 44-26 Perkins County advantage.
The Lady Plainsmen ballooned their lead to 48-28 with 2:14 left in the game after Shania Metcalf deposited a half-court lob pass.
Jessi Day delivered a three-point shot from the left side of the arc to run the Lady Plainsmen’s lead to 18-11 with under two minutes left in the half. Fellow-guard Kristin Beck dropped the hammer on another wide-open “three” in the half’s final minute, securing a 21-12 Perkins County lead.
The Lady Plainsmen played good defense, pressuring Lady Swedes’ dribblers, taking care of their own backboard, and often gaining a share of the ball to tie up Gothenburg’s offense.
Michi Prante played a solid defensive game for Perkins County, coming up with several defensive rebounds and an interception early in the game. Prante (three points) actually deflected a Lady Swedes pass off of her defensive backboard and to herself for an interception.
Junior guard Kristin Beck tied up Gothenburg dribblers multiple times to switch the possession arrow in her team’s favor.
Matisyn Humphrey blocked Gothenburg guard Shelby Eggleston out of the lane so hard that the guard traveled. Humphrey also jammed in a layup off of a press-break weave with power late in the game.
Paying all expenses for trips to the foul line for Lady Swedes leading scorer Regan Geiken (eight points) proved profitable for Perkins County: Geiken hit just four of 13 free throws.
Shalee Pollard cruised the length of the left lane line for one of her two field goals and led her Lady Plainsmen by hitting four of six free throws.
Brittyn Measter, Payton Pratt and Jordyn Haake found the confidence to ring up three pointers in a 20-point fourth quarter that made the final score look better for Gothenburg than the game actually went.
Perkins County reserve guard Kim Cook sank a late free throw for her first varsity points.
Neither team scored for the first 4:50 of the game, when Shania Metcalf struck from the foul line with a jump shot. The teams barely broke double digits for the first quarter combined, with Gothenburg holding a 6-5 edge.
Goth. 6 9 4 20—39
P. C. 5 16 13 15—49
Perkins County played the 2-1 St. Pat’s Lady Irish on Tuesday night, with results not available at press time. They visit the class-“B,” 3-1 Sidney Lady Red Raiders on Friday night.