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Perkins County girls steal 51-43 win from Chase County, advance in subs PDF Print E-mail

By Pastor Vince Carrig

Sports Writer 

Mackenzie Hite stepped up and intercepted three Lady Longhorns passes in the third quarter and converted them into six points to help her Lady Plainsmen shake off a slow start and evict Chase County from the NSAA’s Class C2 Sub-District 11 playoffs last Tuesday night (Feb. 16) in McCook by a 51-43 count. 

Hite, who picked off an astounding seven passes, stepped in front of a bomb and played give-and-go with Jenni Sis before landing an eight-footer to give Perkins County a 36-24 lead. She liked it so well that Hite snagged a pass out of the right side of Chase County’s offensive set and dribbled it coast-to-coast to give the Lady Plainsmen their widest margin of the night at 38-24.

Hite led all scorers with 19 and also stole two dribbles. 

The large, quiet, and chilly venue might have influenced cold shooting at the start of the game. The girls combined to miss eight consecutive shots and watch 3:24 of the game go by before Hite created her own three-point play. 

Senior center Leslie Burge scored two baskets, but critical ones that kept the Lady Longhorns a safe distance away. Burge put back one of her three rebounds to give Perkins County a 7-1 lead, and later fought off a hacker at the left of the basket to put the number-one ranked team ahead 46-35.

Chase County’s leading scorer for the game Karlee Palmer (12 points) warmed up the gym by putting back an offensive rebound and roping the Lady Longhorns to within two of the lead at 7-5.

A quick 6-0 run that included an eight-foot jumper from the right baseline by Brooke Poppe, however, solidified Perkins County’s lead to 11-5, and the winners never looked back.

Jenni Sis’ jumpers made sure that the Lady Plainsmen would advance to a sub-district final for the fifth year in a row. Sis lit up the scoreboard with five jumpers from the field, with most coming from 8-10 feet away from the net.

Sis lost four points on two different drives as referees waved off baskets the senior forward scored, saying that Chase County fouled her before she took the shots. Both shots went through and Sis would have liked to decline both fouls if possible. 

Hite, Poppe, and Jessica Day all hit three pointers for the 12-7 Lady Plainsmen. 

Perkins County challenged the Lady Longhorns with a pressing defense, resulting in 12 interceptions and five steals.

Palmer reached the rack for three layups and popped in two three pointers as well. Lady Longhorns teammate Allexa Reichert supported her with three short range jumpers and three foul shots, but fouled out with under a minute to play.

Forward Shannon Liewer and guard Chantel Heathers walked the line with foul trouble; each picked up four but managed to stay in the game. 

Perkins Co. 51 Chase Co. 43

Chase Co. 5 13 13 12—43

Perkins Co. 7 9 16 9—51

Lady Plainsmen scoring: Hite 5/7 (1/2) 6/7—19; Sis 5/11—10; Poppe 1/4 (1/4) 4/7—9; Day 1/4 (1/4) 2/6—7; Burge 2/6—4; Humphrey 1/2-2. 

Rebounds: Sis 7, Day and Burge 3, Hite 2. Steals: Hite 9, Sis and Poppe 2. 

Chase County scoring: Palmer 12, Reichert 11, Liewer 9, German 5, Tropf 4, Heathers 2.