By Tim Linscott
Tenacity on offense and defense is paying off for the PCS girls basketball team.
The Lady Plainsmen were able to get aggressive on offense against Cambridge Feb. 7 and had a breakout game on offense against Cozad on Feb. 8.
“We did a good job looking for transition opportunities in this game and were able to capitalize on some lay-up looks,” Lady Plainsmen head girls basketball coach Deanne Bishop said.
PCS was down 28-18 at the half.
“Cambridge was able to connect on a high percentage of field goals, and took advantage of multiple opportunities when we didn’t beat them back on defense,” Bishop said.
PCS was able to outscore Cambridge 19-18 in the fourth quarter. However, the Trojans were able to win 68-43 over the Lady Plainsmen.
Cambridge shot 46 percent from the floor but was out-rebounded by PCS 38-33, including a 16-13 advantage on the offensive glass for the Lady Plainsmen.
Courtney Ostermiller led PCS with 13 points, seven rebounds and one assist while Kendra Hoffert had seven points, three steals (team high) and one rebound.
Amanda Osler led the team in rebounds with 10 to go with her six points.
Stephanie Schrotberger notched five points, two steals and seven boards while Mariah Curtis had five points, two steals, three assists (team high) and three rebounds. Courtney McClenahan ended the night with five points, one assist and four boards.
PCS vs. Cozad
The Lady Plainsmen hosted the Haymakers of Cozad on Feb. 8 and held a lead going into halftime. Free throws in the second half led Cozad to edge PCS 57-50.
PCS had a standout offensive performance with four players scoring in double digits.
“Offensively, this was a gutsy performance by our squad,” Bishop said. “The girls’ tenacity on the offensive boards gave us some key, second chance buckets.”
PCS had 19 offensive rebounds, compared to Cozad’s 13.
PCS was up 17-8 after one period and held a 30-22 lead at the half.
Cozad was able to swing the pendulum back its way with a 19-9 third quarter scoring flurry and a 16-11 fourth quarter helped the Haymakers win.
Hoffert led PCS with 13 points, four steals (team high) and three rebounds. McClenahan had a double double with 11 points, 13 rebounds with a steal. Osler picked up 11 points and nine rebounds while Schrotberger tallied 11 points, two steals one assist and four rebounds.
Ostermiller ended with four points, one steal, six assists and seven rebounds.
The team faced Creek Valley on Feb. 11 and Hayes Center (Feb. 13) tonight before sub-district action on Feb. 17.