By Tim Linscott
Against Creek Valley on Feb. 11, the Perkins County girls basketball team was aggressive in the post and put up another outstanding offensive game.
However, the Storm were also aggressive on offense and pulled away 67-46 over PCS.
“I was pleased by our post’s aggressive, offensive play” said Deanne Bishop, PCS head girls basketball coach. “They came across the lane with purpose and did a good job attacking the rim. Our guards did a good job getting them the ball.”
Creek Valley was up 18-11 after one period and PCS outscored the Storm 14-10 in the second quarter. The Lady Plainsmen were able to cut the lead to three points, 28-25 at the half.
In the third quarter, Creek Valley began using its speed at the guard position to get to the basket.
“Creek Valley has a very quick, very skilled set of guards that did an excellent job of driving into the lane for shots,” Bishop said. “We knew that containing them was going to be key, but at times our defense broke down and they got uncontested layups.”
Creek Valley outscored PCS 19-7 in the third quarter to establish a 15 point lead going into the fourth quarter, 47-32. PCS was outscored 20-14 in the fourth quarter.
Each team shot 50 percent (9 of 18) from the free throw line and PCS held a 9-7 advantage in assists.
Nine different PCS players scored in the game with five different players earning at least one assist.
Leading the Lady Plainsmen on offense was Courtney McClenahan with 14 points. She also had team highs in rebounds (nine) and assists (three).
Stephanie Schrotberger had eight points, one steal, two assists and six rebounds while Courtney Ostermiller finished with seven points, one steal, two assists and five rebounds.
Picking up six points, one assists and five rebounds was Kendra Hoffert. Amanda Osler ended the game with four points, four rebounds and one steal. Kaitlyn Heinemann led the team in steals with three and had three rebounds and one point.
PCS vs. Bayard
In the first round of the sub-districts in Sidney, the Lady Plainsmen faced Bayard.
A slow start put PCS behind the eight-ball early, but the Lady Plainsmen finished strong in the game.
Bayard came away with a 54-36 victory to end the season for PCS.
“Too many turnovers and low shooting percentage from the floor sealed our fate,” Bishop said. “We were not sharp with our passes, and that led to steals and follow-up layups for Bayard.”
PCS was down 23-12 at the half, but held Bayard to eight points in the second quarter, while scoring eight points as well.
The Lady Plainsmen outscored Bayard 16-15 in the final quarter but could not overcome the first half deficit.
PCS shot 13 of 22 from the free throw line (59 percent) and had a 19-12 advantage on offensive rebounds.
McClenahan led the Lady Plainsmen on offense with 10 points. She also had three steals and nine rebounds.
Osler ended the game with six points and five boards while Claire Maaliao had six points.
Kaitlynn Heinemann had three points and two rebounds while Courtney Lyon had one point and two rebounds with one assist.
Hoffert picked up one steal and two assists with two rebounds and Ostermiller had five points, two steals and six boards.
Brandie Ross contributed four rebounds and one steal while Schrotberger ended the night with four rebounds, three steals and three points.
“It was good to see that our freethrow shooting had improved though, and that offense kept us within striking distance for quite awhile, but ultimately we didn’t have the answer tonight to Bayard’s offense,” Bishop said.