By Tim Linscott
Perkins County’s girls basketball squad faced on offensive buzzsaw over the weekend as the Lady Plainsmen faced North Platte St. Patrick on Friday and Sutherland on Saturday.
On Friday, Jan. 10 PCS dropped to St. Pat’s by a tally of 57-22.
“Our defense broke down on its backside help, and we didn’t do a consistent job of keeping them from cutting across our face,” said Deanne Bishop, Lady Plainsmen head coach. “These two things allowed NPSP to get many of their high-percentage, quality shots in the lane. Our girls continued to play hard throughout the game.”
PCS found themselves down 16-4 after one period and a 19-4 run put the Lady Plainsmen down 35-8 at the half.
The scoring kept coming for the Irish, outscoring PCS 22-8 in the third quarter to take a 57-16 lead going into the final quarter.
PCS outscored St. Pat’s 6-0 in the final quarter.
The turnover bug bit PCS, giving up 23 turnovers compared to seven by St. Pat’s.
Leading scorer for the Lady Plainsmen was Stephanie Schrotberger, putting up six points with four rebounds. Kendra Hoffert had five points, two rebounds, two assists while Mariah Curtis had five points and two steals.
Courtney McClenahan had nine rebounds, two assists and a steal in the game while Courtney Ostermiller had five boards, one steal and two points.
The next night the Lady Plainsmen faced a Sutherland squad that featured Samantha Staggs and Jalyne Schuster, who average a combined 30 points a game.
PCS vs. Sutherland
Bishop had the strategy to shut down Schuster and Staggs and make the other Lady Sailors win the game.
Sutherland’s other players were able to pick up their game and win over the Lady Plainsmen, 56-28.
PCS held Staggs and Schuster to 10 combined points for the game but Sutherland was able to hit 23 of 52 shots (44 percent) to win.
Sutheraland was up 12-4 after one period and a 20-5 second quarter put the Lady Plainsmen 32-9 at the half.
“In the first half I felt we rushed some of our shots and didn’t do a good enough job handling the ball,” Bishop said.
PCS was able to cut into the lead in the second half with a 12-15 third quarter scoring output and outscored the Lady Sailors 10-9 in the fourth quarter.
“To sum up the second half, we did a much better job getting rebounds, taking quality shots of our own and were able to create some problems for Sutherland with our defensive pressure,” Bishop said.
McClenahan was able to break free in the lane for eight points to lead the Lady Plainsmen. She also had two rebounds, one assist and a steal.
Curtis scored seven points and had a team high in four different categories. She had five rebounds, three assists, five steals and one block.
Courtney Lyon had five points, one board, one assist and one steal. Hoffert had three steals, four rebounds and three points.