By Tim Linscott
Outside of one off quarter, the Perkins County Lady Plainsmen basketball team was hanging tough with Kimball Friday, Dec. 13.
PCS was down by two points to the Longhorns at the half, 20-22, however, 5’11” Longhorn sophomore Danika Daum went on a scoring run, putting up 11 of her 19 points in the third quarter.
PCS was outscored 18-5 in the quarter, putting the Lady Plainsmen in comeback mode.
Leading by 15 points going into the fourth quarter, PCS was game but could not overcome the lead and dropped the contest 54-33 to Kimball.
Head girls basketball coach for PCS, Deanne Bishop, noted that the post players for the Lady Plainsmen did an excellent job of holding Daum back offensively, only giving up four points the first half.
“In the three games we’ve played, the girls have done a good job of playing solid at times, but there seems to be one quarter that gets away from us,” Bishop said, explaining part of that is due to youth, experience and learning to play ‘that kind of a high level for four straight quarters.’
She said the team is ‘getting closer and closer to putting together a solid game.’
“I am proud of their hustle and determination to improve each and every game,” Bishop said.
Junior guard Kendra Hoffert led PCS in scoring with 11 points while Stephanie Schrotberger had eight points. Hoffert had all three of the PCS three-pointers in the game with four rebounds and one assist. Schrotberger picked up two boards, one assist and a steal against Kimball.
Courtney McClenahan had three boards, two assists and a team high three steals.
Courtney Ostermiller led the team in rebounds with eight and had two assists with two points.
PCS vs. Gothenburg
On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Lady Plainsmen went on the road to face Gothenburg.
PCS lost 58-33 to the Swedes.
The team was again competitive but had one quarter lapse, which was the second quarter.
PCS was down by three points, 10-7 in the first quarter but a 15-4 run in the second quarter put the Lady Plainsmen down 25-11 at the half.
The team was able to rally in the third quarter, posting 15 points, but gave up 21 to the Swedes.
A 12-7 fourth quarter stopped any momentum the Lady Plainsmen were building.
Before the contest Bishop challenged her team to attack the basket.
“We did a good job of doing that and were able to draw fouls and attempt 34 free throws,” Bishop explained. “We had quite a few good looks and took some nice shots, but just were not able to get the ball to fall.”
Bishop said the team continues to work on body positioning on defense and defensive rebounds to limit second-chance points for opponents.
“Although the scoreboard doesn’t show it, the detailed stats show that our girls have been getting better in a number of key areas over the past four games,” Bishop said. “I’m excited by their growth and look forward to that moment when everything clicks into place.”
Mariah Curtis led the team in scoring with 12 points and had three steals. McClenahan had eight points, one steal and nine rebounds. Ostermiller had nine boards, two assists and a steal to go with her two points.
Hoffert had three steals, three boards and an assist with four points. Amanda Osler picked up four rebounds, one steal and had one point while Courtney Lyon had three rebounds, including two offensive boards and one steal.
The Lady Plainsmen will face Ogallala on the road Friday and on Saturday, Dec. 21, the team hosts Dundy County Stratton.