|Lady Plainsmen come up short against Sidney|
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Sidney forward Marjorie Keeton used great body control in finishing a field goal to help finish the Lady Plainsmen by a 58-40 count Friday night in Grant, but her steady shooting hand earned her Lady Raiders the win.
Keeton participated in an 11-1 second quarter Sidney run by scoring eight points. A swish off an inbound and a swish from the second hash along with a layup with a defender in Keeton’s face took Sidney to a 24-14 lead with two minutes left in the half.
The Lady Plainsmen never caught Sidney after the teams’ 11-11 tie at the end of the first quarter, but Perkins County’s Mackenzie Hite did all she could to make that happen.
Hite scored just one fewer point than Keeton (19 to 18) and did so in many different ways. The senior point guard nabbed a pass and took it the length of the floor, created a three-point play, hit a three pointer, and made two free throws work. After she lagged pressed Sidney under its own basket and darted to intercept an inbound pass, Perkins County trailed by just four at 33-29.
Lady Plainsmen forward Leslie Burge cut Sidney’s lead to three points (34-31) with two free throws, but the Lady Raiders retaliated with an 8-0 run to decide the outcome.
Senior guard Tanasia Uhrig scored 10 Sidney points, swiping some dribbles herself, and running the floor to finish breaking Perkins County’s defensive pressure. She made a running one-hander go down late in the fourth quarter.
Lady Plainsman guard Jessica Day took a first quarter inbound pass and turned it into three points, and hit a pair of first quarter free throws toward picking up nine points in the game.
Day showed the willingness to pay any price to win: with Uhrig sprinting half the court behind a dribbling Hite, Day set a screen to free Hite. Uhrig never saw Day, and plowed head-on into her. Both girls stood up after the collision, Uhrig got her fourth foul of the game for her hustle on defense.