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NCMS Girls Basketball Drops Games to Doniphan West

By: Savannah Engelken

By Engelken, Savannah

December 11, 2016

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    The Nemaha Central Middle School held the second game of the season against the Doniphan West Mustangs on Thursday, November 17. It wasn't a very good night for the Lady Thunder, but it was still very exciting. Both teams lost, but the girls worked hard and gave their best.  

    The girls B-team played the first game of the night. Both teams had a slow start in the game.  The Thunder ended the first quarter with 3 points, and the Mustangs were held scoreless.  In the second quarter, the Mustangs came alive scoring 8 points to the Thunder's 1 point. The girls were trying hard, but the Mustangs appeared a little more advanced. The girls came out after half time and tried to get something going.  At the end of the third quarter, Taryn Ganstrom made an amazing long shot from between the three point line and the half court line and it dropped right in the net as the buzzer rang. However, the Thunder was outscored in the second half 7-14.  The Thunder girls B-team lost their first game 11-22. 

    "It was a very difficult game that we learned many things from," said 7th grader, Katelynn Scott.

    The Thunder A-team girls came out a bit slow in the first quarter of the game  and were trailing the Mustangs 4-7. In the second quarter,  the Thunder girls picked up their game and increased their score to 16-13. In the third quarter, Doniphan West and Nemaha Central both added 6 points to their score making the score 22-19.  In the last quarter, the girls started getting anxious and making some mistakes.  The Thunder  lead was decreasing and the girls were trying hard to increase their score but shots were not falling.  In the last minute, the game became intense as the Thunder was down by 3.  The ball was Nemaha Central's possession, but a Mustang player stole the ball.  The Mustangs tried to run the clock out by dribbling the ball around and passing to each other on the perimeter.  Coach Ashley Carlson was yelling at the girls to foul, but the buzzer rang and the Thunder lost the game 26-29. 

    "We controlled the game for 3 quarters and then in the last quarter we had too many turnovers and fouls which caused the loss. We can't wait for a rematch," said 8th grader, Hannah Buessing.

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