By Pastor Vince Carrig
The Plainsmen singed the Haymakers with an 18-4 first quarter and coasted to a 60-35 win in Cozad on Saturday.
Perkins County senior forward Michael York scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in that determining quarter. His barrage included a marker from just inside the arc, a steal that he took to the hole, and a mid-lane hook.
Cozad made the ride bumpy for just a few seconds, when guard Jake Paulsen took a shot he blocked all the way to the hoop and gave the Haymakers a 2-1 lead.
Guard Quinton Hite mixed in a three-point shot for the Plainsmen, making a Cozad comeback highly unlikely even before the first quarter had ended.
Plainsmen reserve guard Taylor Boldt cemented the visitors’ victory in the second quarter by putting back a missed free throw (always a back-breaker), running the floor for a transition basket and connecting from the middle of the free throw wheel. The jumper established a 31-10 stranglehold for the Plainsmen.
Cozad forward Jed Paulsen provided the Haymakers’ only real resistance to demolition, scoring two three-pointers and 12 total. Guard Jake Paulson registered 10 points, but the home team got precious little else in a woeful 26 percent shooting performance.
Austin Gaston scored the first and last points of the first quarter for the Plainsmen, going hard to the rack and getting fouled both times.
Gaston (nine points) even stepped out for an open 16-foot jumper toward the end of the second quarter to mount Perkins County’s lead to 33-12.
The win, Perkins County’s second of the weekend, improved its record to 6-12. Cozad stands perilously close to a winless season, having lost all 17 of its games.
Perkins Co. 60, Cozad 35
Perkins Co. 18 17 15 10—60
Cozad 4 11 8 12—35
The Plainsmen played the 6-9 Creek Valley Storm on Tuesday, with results not available at press time. Hayes Center visits Grant tonight (Thursday).
PC vs. Cambridge
Friday, Feb. 4
Excellent team offense and defense gave the Plainsmen a convincing 54-36 win over the Cambridge Trojans Friday night in Grant.
Senior forward Michael York posted 23 points to lead all scorers. He scooped layups off the opposite side of the backboard, stroked a “three,” and confounded a defensive double-team in the right post by faking right and spinning into the lane.
York led the defensive effort as well, especially by intercepting passes. He and guard Quinton Hite returned favors for each other around the third quarter buzzer, with one intercepting a pass and feeding it to the other for a transition score.
Hite’s steal and assist to York gave the Plainsmen a 41-28 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Jake Sexson swished a put-back to roll Perkins County to an 11-4 lead, but Cambridge cut that lead to 15-12 when forward Weston Rich sunk two free throws.
Senior center Tyler Brott struck from just inside the foul line, and York scrambled the defense’s radar immediately afterward to restore breathing room for Perkins County at 19-14.
With a 21-14 halftime lead, the Plainsmen spotted Trojans guard Rayce Dauwen a scoop layup befor laying into a 7-0 run.
York assisted Brott and forward Austin Gaston’s buckets, and notched one of his own during the streak that sent the score to 28-16.
Defensively, York blocked the shots of Dauwen and Rich on the same Cambridge trip up the floor.
Brott finished with seven points, Hite six. Jeremy Hagan scored the Plainsmen’s first four points of the game and ended up with six points as well.