|Indians hand loss to Plainsmen|
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Guard Trevor Neill made himself a frequent customer at the hoop in helping Ogallala hand the Plainsmen their sixth loss in seven starts, 62-38 on Tuesday night (Dec. 21) in Grant.
Neill got to the rack for two “hoop and harm” three-point plays and converted both, as well as all of the other four free throws that contact earned him in taking home a game-high 18 points.
Another super-quiet second quarter spelled trouble for Perkins County, who has watched opponents outscore them by a 116-44 count this year (an average of 17-6 or 11 points). The Plainsmen trailed by just one point (7-6) at the end of the first quarter, but allowed Ogallala to outgun them 24-6 immediately afterward.
“Maybe this is what we needed, in this big-game atmosphere,” Plainsmen Head Coach Shawn Cole said, with disappointment clearly etched in his face.
“Maybe we’ll turn the corner now, I don’t know. There’s no way we’re 30 points worse than [Ogallala]. Do we win [the game]? I don’t know. But we’re not 30 points worse–there’s no way. I don’t know whether we lack confidence now or what. We just have to get over that hump somehow where we can score a little bit,” Coach Cole said.
Scoreless for over half the game, sharp-shooting guard Tyler Zoellner opened fire for the Indians in the second quarter. Zoellner connected from beyond the arc and inside of it and tied a bow on those with two free throws for seven of his 10 points.
Ogallala gained an 18-point advantage in the second quarter, with guards Trevor Neill, Gatlin Moul and Mitch Norman scoring field goals for the
visitors in black and orange.
Jeremy Hagan scored in every quarter and hit a three-pointer to provide the Plainsmen’s only answer to Ogallala. The only Perkins County player to reach double-figures, Hagan totaled 11 points.
Guard Quinton Hite sank all four free throws he shot, as well as a couple of field goals to pull together eight Plainsmen points. No one besides Hagan and Hite scored more than four points; bah, humbug for Perkins County’s Christmas break.
Seven Ogallala players hit the score sheet with multiple field goals, including reserve forward Tucker Kohl, who scored all eight of his points
in the second half.
Ogallala 7 24 17 14—62
Perkins Co. 6 6 10 16—38
The 1-6 Plainsmen tried to avenge a 69-42 loss of 18 days prior to the Kimball Longhorns in the opening round of the Perkins County Holiday Tournament on Tuesday, with results not available at press time.
The Plainsmen also played the tournament’s second-round game on Wednesday.