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A Triumphant Night For NC Girls Basketball Teams Over SPPS

By: Katelynn Scott

January 25, 2017

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     The Nemaha Central Girls Basketball Teams were triumphant as both the A-team and B-team won their games against Saints Peter and Paul on Monday, January 23.

    Looking around, you could tell it would be an intense game. The two town rivals, Saints Peter and Paul and Nemaha Central had been anticipating this game all season. Everywhere you looked you saw the bright yellow color of Team Schnak Strong shirts, which Kent Schnakenberg had provided to all the students and faculty in both schools. 

    The game started and tension was everywhere. The NC girls were anxious and ready to play. The A-team's first quarter was their best quarter of the night scoring fourteen points in just six minutes.  The Thunder girls played fantastic offense and defense in the first quarter, it was quite the sight to see. The girls got a total of nine steals, four of which were in the first quarter.  The second quarter went just as well, with the Thunder scoring a total of ten points. They played tight defense only letting SPPS score one basket.  

    During halftime the NC cheer squad performed a routine that they had choreographed themselves. After the half time talks, the Thunder came back out just as aggressive as the first half of the game. The third quarter was NC Thunder's best defensive quarter, as SPPS scored only one free throw. Offensively, the A-team girls stayed strong and forced turnovers earning another ten points. As the fourth quarter rolled around, things seemed to settle down as the Thunder scored two points. However, the fourth quarter was SPPS's best quarter of the night. They scored a total of seven points making the final score 36-17.  This was a great team win for the Thunder team.    

    "It felt good to beat our home town rivals. We played hard and did our best, I was very proud of the team," said Taryn Ganstrom, seventh grade.

    The Thunder B-team had a successful night as well. In the first quarter, they played fantastic defense and offense. Nemaha Central scored four points in the first quarter, getting the night off to a great start. When the second quarter came around and things started to get more intense between the two teams, both scored four points. When half time came both teams went into the locker rooms to discuss the game plan. The Thunder team came back out with even more aggression and scored eight points in the third quarter. The Thunder defense held tight and SPPS did not get any points in this quarter.  The fourth quarter was both Nemaha Central and SPPS's best quarter of the night. The Thunder girls played their best offense of the night scoring ten points, while SPPS made six. The final score 26-10, gave the Thunder B-team a great ending to their season with another win.

    "Going into the game we were all pretty nervous, but we worked hard, did our best, played as a team, and at the end of the day it all paid off," said Katelyn Ohlsen, seventh grade.

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