|Lady Cougars find room to run, end PC girls’ winning streak|
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Driving the length of the lane and following teammates to clean up their misses, Lady Cougars guard Laura Beckman took what the Lady Plainsmen defense gave her for 22 points in leading Sedgwick County to a 54-39 win Saturday night in Julesburg.
As part of a 13-4 Lady Cougars run, Beckman shelved the game out of reach for Perkins County with a backhanded shot off the backboard, a full-lane drive, and foul shots after a put-back try.
Perkins County had tied the game for the first time at 31-31 early in the third quarter, but the run that included an offline shot by Cassie Kizer that hit the backboard and found the hoop anyway buried the Lady Plainsmen behind 46-35 late in the fourth quarter.
Sedgwick County greeted their visitors with an 11-3 pasting, including Beckman crashing right into a defender before scoring and a high-speed Kizer break.
Mackenzie Hite gunned in two first quarter three pointers for Perkins County, and after Jessi Day got fouled on the catch and fouled on her release (with no call on either) but still scored, the Lady Plainsmen closed the gap to 14-12.
Brooke Poppe and Jenni Sis both canned jumpers, allowing Elisa Carlson’s three pointer to send the teams to halftime with Perkins County trailing just 29-26.
But good interior defense that denied passes through the lane and aggressive offensive rebounding by the Lady Cougars led to a 12-4 fourth quarter takeover.
“A combination of their speed and some poor passing [by Perkins County] trying to force the ball into the defense caused us some issues,” Head Coach Chris Mestl said after the game. “In a close game, these few turnovers proved to be very costly, especially in the fourth quarter when we had trouble scoring.” Day’s three pointer, interception, and a 10-footer from Sis created a five-point infusion that deadlocked the teams at 31-31.
Too much Beckman, and too much room for shooters Nicole Newth and Bailey Orth to stop, pop, and drop ultimately ended the Perkins County girls’ seven-game winning streak, though.
Perkins Co. vs. Sedgwick Co.
Perkins County 14 12 9 4—39
Sedgwick Co. 21 8 13 12—54
Cozad makes the longer trip west this year to oppose the Lady Plainsmen on Saturday. Cozad brings a 5-11 record, having lost by large margins to common opponents Hershey and North Platte St. Pat’s; they will already have played Sutherland on Monday and Minden on Friday of this week before providing the Lady Plainsmen opposition for the 2009-10 team’s last home game in Grant.