Lady Plainsmen beat Chase County Lady Longhorns in first round of subs
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Two Shalee Pollard baskets in the last minute of the first half padded the Lady Plainsmen’s lead to 10 points and secured a 44-37 win over the Chase County Lady Longhorns in sub-district 11 opening round playoff action last Monday night (Feb. 14) in McCook.
Pollard floated a high shot in and then made use of the glass to lead Perkins County with 13 points and send her team to halftime with a 23-13 lead.
Denying inlet passes and disrupting flow with their defense, the Lady Plainsmen limited Chase County to just six points in the second quarter to determine the outcome of the game.
Lady Longhorns power forward Shannon Liewer found success and confidence in the fourth quarter, attempting to bang out a comeback win for the 5-18 Chase County team by herself.
Liewer powered to the basket, banked shots and drew fouls in scoring all 12 of her points in the final frame. Her right-to-left move through the lane could only cut Perkins County’s lead to seven at 42-35, however.
Senior Lady Plainsmen guard Jessica Day took a rebound on a coast-to-coast breakaway for two of her 10 points, widening her team’s lead to 27-14 in the third quarter.
Reserve forward Tori Osler next made a nice catch and shot the pass off the glass to give Perkins County its biggest lead (15 points). Osler did great work under the basket, putting back two shots in scoring seven points and pulling down several defensive rebounds.
Senior Lady Longhorns forward Allexa Reichert led all scorers with 14 points, driving to the basket for banks and fouls. Reichert hit six free throws in eight tries, and powered through three close-range shots.
Fouls proved a two-edged sword for Reichert, though, who herself fouled out with 2:48 remaining in her varsity basketball career.
Point guard Kristin Beck put all four free throws that she attempted through the net. Beck also intercepted three Chase County passes and even took a couple of rebounds on the defensive side of the floor.
Sisters Shania and Tanya Metcalf made an unstoppable combination on one third quarter play, with the sophomore Shania lasering a pass across the baseline to wide-open junior forward Tanya for an easy Perkins County score.
Shania backed a defender down into the floor for two of her four points; Tanya connected from inside the wheel for a pair of her six on the night.
Chase Co. 37, P.C. 44
Chase Co. 7 6 7 17—37
Perkins Co. 9 14 9 12—44