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NCMS Girls Basketball Team Goes Head to Head with Town Rivals!

By: Savannah Engelken

Mia Schmitz

February 01, 2018

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    The Nemaha Central Middle School’s town rival, the Sts. Peter and Paul Trojans went head to head with the Lady Thunder on Monday, January 22, after the game had been rescheduled due to the weather. Fans and players were very excited to see a great game at the SPPS school!

    The B-team girls started the night off a little shaky the first quarter and only scored two points. Even though SPPS scored the first basket, they were only able to add 1 more so the ending first quarter score was 4-2 with SPPS on top. Coming back strong and ready to go, the second quarter’s defense was looking good for NC, as they were flustering the opponents by holding them scoreless. The Thunder team added to their score by getting their offense going and the quarter ended fantastically with NC ahead 7-4.

    After halftime, the game became even more heated. The third quarter was another great quarter for the Thunder girls as again, their defense held tight and kept the Trojans from scoring. Several free throws and a basket kept the Thunder team pushing the lead to 7. Going into the fourth quarter, the score was 11-4 with NC taking control of the game. SPPS scored only two points towards the end of the quarter, so the Thunder B-team girls won 17-6 against their town rivals!

    “We worked hard and we played hard, and it paid off in the end!” said Elli Rusche.

    Coming off a great B-team game, the Thunder A-team girls got on the court with excitement. The game kicked off with SPPS scoring the first basket in the game. In the middle of the first quarter, Rachel Schmitz got elbowed in the nose and she was unable to return to the game. Both teams seemed a little flustered after the incident and by the end of the first quarter, the score was 8-7 with SPPS on top. The second quarter started looking up as the Thunder girls took the ball inside to Ella Larkin. However, the Trojans also had a great offensive quarter and pushed their lead to 5. The score was 19-14 at the end of the quarter. Hoping halftime would help, NC made their plans for the second half of the game.

    SPPS came back strong on defense after the first half, and just as strong on offense, putting up eight points. SPPS was playing a tight man defense that put a lot of pressure on the ball. The Thunder girls were only able to add a basket to their score giving the Trojans control of the game, 27-16. The fourth quarter was when NC got their A-game back. The Thunder girls were determined not to give up as they started making several shots and playing better defense. The Thunder team added 14 points to the scoreboard as the Trojans gained 4 points. With the great offensive gain, the Thunder team found themselves down by a point, 30-31 with a few seconds remaining. The ball got knocked out of bounds with three seconds left giving NC one last chance to win the game. Addy Holthaus threw the ball into Ella Larkin, who was just past half court. Ella threw the ball up sinking the shot It was so close to being a NC victory, but the buzzer went off before the ball left her hands. It was a great game by both teams and heading into the Oregon Trail League Tournament, the two teams may meet up again.

    Taryn Bergman said, “Even though we didn’t win, it was a great game that went down to the last second and it was really fun.”

    Going into the OTL Tournament, the Lady Thunder is 6-3 on the season.  Good Luck Lady Thunder!

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