Freshman Triston Hite takes the ball down to the Plainsmen side of the court.
Plainsmen head to game five of SPVA competition Thursday
Last week the boys played two games before rolling into this week’s SPVA competition.
Chase County and Wauneta-Palisade were last week’s opponents and the Plainsmen didn’t get the outcomes they were hoping for as they suffered two losses.
The ninth annual Pink Out games were held in Imperial last Thursday for the battle of the Longhorns and the Plainsmen.
Chase County took the score to 17-5 in the first period where the Plainsmen struggled offensively as well as defensively.
PC was able to motivate their defense in the second and held Chase County to 11 points. The Plainsmen put up seven points to put the Longhorns at a 28-12 lead at halftime.
Perkins County wasn’t able to shift momentum back in their favor and the third quarter saw Chase County run up another 24 points, while the Plainsmen offense added just seven.
By the end of the game, Perkins County fell by 35 points, and the Longhorns took the 62-27 victory.
Junior Alex Patrick scored the most points for the Plainsmen with nine, followed by Spencer Ross who had six points and also had 10 rebounds. Caleb Lagler was able to get two shots in for four points and Triston Hite and Alex Poppe each added a bucket for two points each.
Aaron Fay added two points for PC from the free throw line and had one assist and eight defensive rebounds.
The Plainsmen hosted the Broncos on Friday night and they came out with the intensity of a team desperate for a win. The game stayed close but it was PC with a three-point lead at the end of the first, 16-13.
The steady competition went back and forth in the second half of the game, allowing both teams to score 11 points. At halftime, PC held their three-point lead, 27-24.
WP hit the court in the third ready for a comeback and managed to do so after just out-scoring the Plainsmen, 18-13, giving them a lead going into the final quarter, 42-40.
Despite the efforts of the Plainsmen, Wauneta-Palisade took the win 60-56, giving the Plainsmen their second loss of the week and taking their record to 4-8.
Of the 56 Plainsmen points, Patrick was responsible for 29 of them, making 12 of 19 field goal attempts.
Hite scored nine points and had four assists.
Ross scored eight points for the Plainsmen and had seven assists and eight rebounds. Fay added seven points and had seven rebounds.
Also contributing was Alex Poppe who added three points for PC.
SPVA and NEXT ACTION
Competition has already been underway this week and the Plainsmen traveled to North Platte on Monday night for the first round of action. Perkins County went in as the No. 6 seed and battled the third seed North Platte St. Pat’s.
Earlier this month, the Plainsmen fell to St. Pats, so the Plainsmen were looking for redemption.
However, Perkins County fell to NP 50-37 which leads them to game five of SPVA, a game that if won, would send them to compete for fifth place, and if lost, will set PC in last place of the SPVA bracket.
Full stats for the North Platte game were not available at press time.
Game five will be played on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. MT at Mid Plains Community College against the 4-8 Kimball Longhorns.