Lady Plainsmen take early lead, defeat Lady Longhorns
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Michi Prante broke loose for eight third quarter points to fuel a 23-6 Lady Plainsmen run that gave Perkins County a 53-28 win over Chase County in the second-annual “Pink Out” in Grant Thursday night. Prante led all scorers with 14 points, and found herself open next to the basket repeatedly. Scoring in every quarter, Prante put away a pass that Shania Metcalf whipped to her, and showed range by striking from just inside the arc.
Wearing pink uniforms with white numbers, the Lady Plainsmen jumped out to a 10-0 lead as senior forward Tanya Metcalf quickly buried two short jumpers.
Senior guard Chantal Heathers provided the Lady Longhorns’ only real response with seven consecutive points in the second quarter to pull the team wearing white uniforms with pink numbers to within four points at 21-17.
Heathers connected from behind the arc and in front of it and downed two free throws as well on her mini-run. Perkins County limited her to three points the rest of the game, however.
Lady Plainsmen guard Jessi Hoffert decayed the visitors’ will to win with three three-point shots around halftime. Her two in the second quarter increased Perkins County’s lead to nine points both times, and the one inflated it to 16 points (37-21).
Jessi Hoffert finished just behind Prante with 13 points.
Tanya Metcalf used only short jump shots to score 10 points. Sister Shania Metcalf twisted several times for nine points, including a turnaround shot and one where she began with her back to the basket.
Morgan Fisher hit two three-pointers to close Perkins County’s 10-0 lead to 10-6, but the score sheet never heard from her again.
Both the Perkins County and Chase County FFA clubs sold pink shirts for spectators to wear at the game with proceeds heading to benefit those affected by breast cancer.
Perkins Co. 53, Chase Co 28
Chase Co. 8 11 4 5–28
Perkins Co. 12 14 17 10–53
Scoring leaders–Perkins County: Prante 7FG–14; Hoffert (3[x3]) 4/4FT–13; Metcalf, T. 5–10; Metcalf, S. 4 1/4–9; Humphrey 2 2/4–6;
Chase County: Heathers 2 (1) 3/4–10; Fisher (2)–6; Bubak 2 2/4–6.