|Plainsmen boys win thriller over Chase County Longhorns|
By Larry Pritchett
The Perkins County boys started their contest with Chase County by jumping off to a first quarter lead, giving that lead up in the second and third quarter, and then finishing strong in the fourth by outscoring the Longhorns 23 to 13 for a 50-47 win on the Longhorns home court last Thursday evening.
The game also saw the Plainsmen’s Michael York get his first taste of competition after suffering a non-athletic injury right after the conclusion of football season.
York missed 11 games but made a big impact on the Plainsmen game as he led the team in scoring with 14 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
After taking a first quarter lead of 11-8, the Plainsmen offense could only muster four points in the second quarter while the Longhorns got nine points to take a 17-15 first half lead.
Things didn’t a whole lot better for the Plainsmen in the third quarter as the Longhorns put up 17 more points in that quarter while holding the Plainsmen to 12 and the game headed into the fourth quarter with the Longhorns holding a 34-27 lead.
The fourth quarter proved to be one of the Plainsmen’s best efforts offensively of the season.
Five players scored during the quarter led by sophomore Quinton Hite who banged in 11 points including the all-important three-pointer with 45.6 seconds left to tie the contest at 47-47. And then again with about one second left, he got his third three of the quarter to give the Plainsmen the 50-47 win.
Coupling the good offensive effort with some good defense, the Plainsmen forced a number of Chase County turnovers, especially a big traveling call with about nine seconds left in the contest to get an opportunity to win the contest–and then the Plainsmen took advantage of the opportunity.
The fourth quarter saw Hite with 11 points, and Austin Gaston hitting a big two late in the quarter. Alex Johnston got two points, Michael York got four and Tyler Brott picked up a field goal for the 23 point quarter and the three point win.
Leading the scoring for the Longhorns was Daniel Regier with 15 points. York led the Plainsmen with 14 and Hite had 11.
Perkins County Box Score:
Quinton Hite 1-3-0-0 0 11
Taylor Boldt 0-0-0-0 1 0
Jeremy Hagan 2-0-0-0 1 4
Jake Sexson 1-0-0-1 3 2
Alex Johnston 1-0-0-1 3 2
Austin Gaston 2-0-2-3 3 8
Michael York 4-0-6-6 5 14
Blake Poppe 0-0-0-01 0
Tyler Brott 3-0-3-03 9
Perkins Co. 50, Chase Co. 47
PCHS 11-4-12-23 50
CCHS 8- 9-17-13 47