Haymakers overwhelm Lady Plainsmen
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Guards Stephanie Finnegan and Jessica Finnegan combined for 36 points to pull the Lady Haymakers past Perkins County 48-43 on Saturday in Cozad.
Stephanie Finnegan topped all scorers with 23 points. She took full advantage of the foul shot opportunities granted her, scoring on nine of 11 shots (WNBA players would covet that kind of accuracy).
Jessica Finnegan also made a nice living at the free throw line, depositing nine free throws as well, but taking 15 attempts to do it.
Cozad overwhelmed the Lady Plainsmen in the second quarter, turning a one-point lead into a nine-point lead.
Reserve guard Jessi Hoffert led Perkins County with 10 points on the strength of two second half three-point shots. Hoffert’s five points in the third quarter helped close her team’s deficit to five points (37-32) heading into the fourth quarter.
Only girls named Finnegan scored in the fourth quarter for the Lady Haymakers, a staggering nine free throws.
Cozad drew contact and referees’ attention, fouling out two Lady Plainsmen and making another one nervously walk the precipice.
The Lady Plainsmen pulled to within two points at 43-41 with 3:01 remaining, but Jessica Finnegan quickly pulled the Lady Haymakers away with two free throws.
Perkins County then picked up an offensive foul and another light-weight foul as Cozad tried to drain the clock.
The Lady Plainsmen closed the gap to two points again on two of Jessi Day’s nine points, but a missed three-point attempt and one-and-one free throw shot did not match well with “comeback.”
The loss dropped Perkins County’s record to 7-12.
Perkins Co. 8 7 17 11—43
Cozad 9 15 13 11—48
The Lady Plainsmen met the 1-13 Creek Valley Lady Storm on Tuesday, with results not available at press time. They host 5-13 Hayes Center tonight (Thursday).