|Lady Plainsmen add loss, win to season record|
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Dundy County-Stratton’s April Lutz got to the basket for late shots and fouls and the Lady Tigers rode the coattails of a 16-2 start to drop Perkins County to 3-6 with a 48-46 win in Grant Thursday night.
The forward Lutz (14 points) sank four consecutive fourth quarter foul shots and split the lane for a wide open jump shot to swing the Tigers from behind by one point to ahead 40-37 with four minutes left in the game.
Fellow forward Brittany Shillington (12 points) made the lead stand up by blocking a shot and banking guard Taylor Lutz’s pass from the left block to grow their lead to five points with 84 seconds remaining.
Senior Lady Plainsmen point guard Mackenzie Hite did all in her power to get her team its fourth home win. Hite (16 points) staged a rally of her own with a three-point play, a three pointer, and a left-handed scoop layup to extract a 29-27 lead from Dundy County-Stratton.
Hite also drove all the way from the arc to set up a second three point play and converted it for a 37-34 Perkins County lead.
But the Lady Plainsmen could not, valiantly as they tried, overcome a shooting drought that left them behind 16-2 early in the second quarter.
Perkins County missed 15 shots and turned the ball over nine times in a dry spell in which they harvested only a Tanya Metcalf shot off the glass.
Amazingly, the Lady Plainsmen got off the canvas and fought back with an 18-6 run of their own to take a 24-22 lead in the second quarter.
Hite escorted her own steal to the hoop, Metcalf (13 points) escaped coverage three times for baskets, and Jessi Day (five points) located a turnaround jumper and a three pointer in the flurry.
Ultimately, the Lady Tigers’ ability to connect with one another in their offensive set with swift passing and their forwards’ ability to move with the ball to the basket won them the game.
Hite, Matisyn Humphrey, and Jenni Sis hit every free throw they earned (four for Hite and a total of eight). But Dundy County-Stratton, led by Lutz and reserve Emily Sandberg’s five apiece, banged their way to the line 27 times and pulled 17 points from that phase of the game alone.
Perkins Co. vs. Sutherland
Mackenzie Hite drove the ball for two layups in a 14-2 opening barrage that propelled her Lady Plainsmen to a 49-28 win over Sutherland in Grant on Saturday night.
The senior point guard Hite set the tone, leading Perkins County’s offense and their scoring with 11 points.
Jessi Day hit a three pointer from the right side and Kristen Beck one from the left in a 17-6 first quarter that spelled victory for the Lady Plainsmen.
The Lady Sailors gave the home team something to think about late in the third quarter after Sutherland center and leading scorer Makayla Hecht picked up a blocked shot and ran it 60 feet to the basket to tow Sutherland within 11 at 37-26 at the end of the third quarter.
But fellow senior guards Hite and Elisa Carlson pushed Sutherland’s hopes out to sea with back-to-back steals and breakaway layups to begin the fourth quarter.
Scoring from every starter anchored Perkins County’s win. Center Tanya Metcalf showed the Lady Sailors the same play twice at the beginning of the fourth quarter; Sutherland stopped neither. The older Metcalf sister also completed a three-point play by stowing away an insightful pass from Jenni Sis.
Day also polished off a three-point play for eight on the evening, and freshman forward Matisyn Humphrey scored at the basket despite having defenders in her face to put up seven points.
Perkins County’s defense kept all Lady Sailors except three from scoring, and only nine field goals at that. Guard Katelynn Stewart’s accurate shooting gained her a three pointer and two foul shots. Sutherland’s starters shot 9-for-10 from the foul line.
As a defender, Sis hustled back and squashed guard Nina Tilford’s breakaway layup hopes, and created her own breakaway layup opportunity after removing a ball from Hecht’s hands.
Sutherland actually engaged the Lady Plainsmen in quarters two and three, playing them to a 20-20 draw. Perkins County blew the Lady Sailors to the other shore in the first and last quarters, capsizing them by a combined 29-8.
The 4-5 Lady Longhorns of Imperial come calling in Grant today (Thursday); the 4-6 Lady Plainsmen ran them off by two dozen points over the holidays.
Perkins County rumbles down to the always-tough Lady Broncos’ stable in an effort to pull a win out of 5-6 Wauneta-Palisade on Friday evening.