|Ogallala breaks out for early lead, keeps Lady Plainsmen at arm’s length|
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Too much Lisa Havermann spelled defeat for the Lady Plainsmen; the senior swing forward reached into the rim from near and far for 20 points and the Lady Indians took a convincing 55-43 win in Ogallala Thursday night.
Ogallala unraveled Perkins County’s hopes for a road victory by blistering the team in red with a 14-point, second quarter run. The Lady Indians answered each rally spurt and never led by less than seven points (49-42 with 4:00 left) after the streak.
Havermann displayed the agility to get to the basket, the strength to take contact and still score, and the accuracy to connect on both mid-range jump shots and a three pointer.
The Lady Indians’ height and girth at all five positions bothered the Perkins County girls, and Ogallala had success in neutralizing the effectiveness of two of the Lady Plainsmen’s favorite weapons: the pressing defense and the pass to an open three point shooter.
Perkins County had tied the score at 8-8 on two Mackenzie Hite free throws, only to watch sophomore guard Emma Schroer appear wide open for a layup, and Emma Schroer rifle a pass to Havermann that turned into a three-point play and a 13-8 Ogallala lead.
While the Lady Plainsmen’s shooting turned as cold as an arctic penguin’s breath, the left-handed Havermann crossed over from the right baseline and got a roll, then jacked in a three pointer. After forwards Sydney Schroer and Beth Stevenson hit jumpers while moving laterally, their damage left Perkins County reeling and behind 31-14.
Jessi Day led the Lady Plainsmen with 14 points, and gave her team a glimmer of hope with a surge just after halftime. Day arced in a three pointer, then relieved Havermann of a dribble and stuck it in the hoop.
After taking a point for Sydney Schroer’s fouling her, Day and her Perkins County squad trailed 33-24 with 6:24 left in the third quarter.
Jenni Sis rebelled against the idea of losing to Ogallala for the first time in her career with some heroics in the fourth quarter.
After dialing up a three pointer, she teamed with Matisyn Humphrey to trap guard Francesa Perosa into calling a timeout. Sis then slipped in on a sideline pass and threaded it to an open Hite to give their Lady Plainsmen hope in trailing by nine (49-40) with 4:30 left.
Sis then blew past two defenders and stuck a six-footer for a 49-42 Ogallala lead, but the Lady Indians immediately flung an arrow point into Perkins County’s hopes by breaking the Lady Plainsmen’s full-court press and feeding an open Havermann to make sure the long outlet pass went through the hoop.
PC 43 Ogallala 55
Perkins County 12 6 13 12—43
Ogallala 17 14 12 12—55
The 12-8 Lady Plainsmen started their bid to emerge as NSAA C2 Sub-District 11 champions Tuesday night in McCook (results not available at press time). The number-one ranked Perkins County team accepted Chase County’s challenge in the single-elimination tournament. The winner will face either 12-8 North Platte St. Patrick’s or 13-8 Dundy County Thursday night (tonight) to advance to the District 6 championship.
The Lady Plainsmen handled the Lady Irish twice (56-46 in Grant and 48-37 for the SPVA title), but dropped a 48-46 decision to Dundy County at home. Morrill went 17-3 and earned a number-one seed in the C-12 tournament in Gering.