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NCMS Girls Basketball Team Takes Third At OTL

By: Katelynn Scott & Ellie Mady

February 10, 2017

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    On Saturday, January 27, the Nemaha Central girls basketball team walked into the Onaga High School gymnasium ready to give their all on the basketball court against Troy. With titles at stake, no one wanted to lose. Both teams were ready to battle it out on the court. Previously in the season, Nemaha Central had beaten Troy 30-15. Although Nemaha Central was confident that they would do well, they were also aware that it was the OTL Tournament and anything could happen.

    In the first quarter, the Thunder girls got their offense going scoring ten points. They also played great defense and Troy only got one basket in that quarter. The Thunder team was able to keep the lead by adding five points to their score and holding Troy to one basket again.  The Thunder girls took a 15-4 lead into halftime. 

    The game started to slow down in the third quarter as Troy outscored the Thunder 4-3.  The Thunder offense got going again in the fourth quarter. Riley Rottinghaus was able to make her first appearance in a Thunder uniform this year to score four points for the Thunder.  The offense and defense of the Thunder were both at their best. The NC girls blew it away with outstanding offense and got in a total of twelve points that quarter, while Troy was held scoreless. The final score was 30-8, a fantastic first game of OTL for the Thunder girls!  

    "Seeing the court for the first time this season was great.  My teammates were very supportive," said Riley Rottinghaus. 

    When the second game of OTL came around, everyone found it hard to be patient. Earlier in the season, Frankfort had beat Nemaha Central 18-31. So you could assume how nervous the Thunder team was feeling. Everyone could tell that it would be an intense game. Whoever lost would lose the chance to play in the championship game and neither team wanted that to be them. The first quarter started off rocky, but the Thunder girls played their best and worked hard. The quarter ended with a score of 7-2 with Frankfort in the lead. Frankfort and Nemaha Central played fairly equally in the second quarter. Frankfort scored ten and Nemaha Central scored eight. All together, the Thunder team played great defense and offense in the second quarter. The score going into halftime was 17-10, Frankfort still leading. 

    Third quarter came around and both teams played rough. There were many turnovers that quarter, but not as many shots were taken as in the previous quarters. Although Nemaha Central fought hard, it was not enough to take down the Wildcat lead.  Frankfort maintained their lead with a 23-12 score going into the final quarter.  The fourth quarter came around and NC was unable to make a come back as they only added 1 point to their score.  Frankfort ended up with the win 29-13.

    Most of the girls' immediate reaction was disappointment. But at the end of the night, all of the players, coaches, fans, students, and parents were extremely proud of everything that the Thunder girls had accomplished throughout the season. After this game, they started preparing to play Centralia for third place.

    "We played tough defense, they just had a better shooting night," said Hannah Buessing.

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    The third and final game of the Oregon Trail League tournament found NC playing against Centralia. The game started our great as the Thunder scored a total of 11 points in the first quarter while holding Centralia scoreless. The girls were lead by both Camryn Boykin and Ashlyn Steinlage scoring 4 points during the quarter, Hannah Macke scored 2 points, and Kari Heideman made 1 free throw. The second quarter came and Centralia fought harder than they had before, letting the Thunder only score 4 points on them. The Thunder’s defense only let Centralia score two baskets also, giving them 4 points also. The score at halftime was 15-4, with the Thunder in the lead by 11 points.

    The girls got back on the court, ready to play. In the third quarter Centralia's defense started to toughen up and the Thunder was able to break through one time scoring a basket, Centralia also scored another 4 points on the Thunder, making the score 17-8, with the Thunder still in the lead. The last quarter, the Thunder team fought even harder working for the victory that they wanted badly. They played hard and were led in the quarter by Hannah Macke, who had an exceptionally good quarter scoring five points. The girls kept playing hard and Centralia just could not catch up. Scoring only 2 points the fourth quarter, Centralia lost the game, going home with 4th place in the tournament. Our NC girls were victorious, earning 3rd place with a final score of 24-10!

    "It might not have been first place, but it felt good to go home with third," said Kari Heideman.

 

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