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The NCMS Lady Thunder Battles the Sabetha Bluejays

By: Ella Larkin and Kyndall Sextro

November 06, 2018

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It was the second home game of the season and the Nemaha Central Lady Thunder basketball team was feeling the nerves on the night of Thursday, October 25. They were about to battle their rivals, the Sabetha Bluejays. The A-teams were up first. On the 8th grade side, the games were close. It was the end of the first quarter and both Addy Holthaus and Ella Larkin had 4 points to make up the team’s combined 8, but the Bluejays weren’t left behind after scoring 8 as well.

As the second quarter continued, the Bluejays went on a roll. They scored 13 points, with some off of steals from the Thunder’s weak passing. So the Bluejays were at a combined 21 points to end the half, while the Thunder weren’t so lucky. They scored only 6 for the whole quarter, making the score 14-21 at the half.

The Thunder team was starting to make a little headway in the third quarter. They came out with six more points, including a 3 pointer by Holthaus. The Bluejays, on the other hand, lost some of their lead making only one shot in the quarter. The teams went into the fourth quarter with a score of 20-23 with the Thunder girls trailing.

The fourth quarter was a rough one for the Thunder. Time was running out and after another shot made by the Bluejays, they were down by five. The Lady Thunder started to foul in hope to get the ball back, but the Bluejays made their free throws as they ended up scoring 10 points alone from the charity stripe. The Thunder team made 5 points in the last quarter, but that wasn’t enough. The Thunder’s eighth grade A-team had suffered their first loss of the season with a final score of 25-35.

“We played good but our passing wasn’t the greatest. Next time will be better,” said Elli Rusche.

It was time to move over to the seventh-grade side of things. The seventh grade A-team hadn’t lost in their first two games and they hoped to pick up another win. The girls started off well with four of them each scoring a basket, giving their team 8 points by the end of the first quarter. The Bluejays didn’t let the Thunder have too much of a lead as they scored 6 points of their own.

The second quarter wasn’t a high scoring one for either team. Both Anna Hermesch and Mya Ganstrom made their second baskets of the game with help from their team, while the Bluejays only made a lone basket. The score at halftime was 12-8 with a Thunder lead.

The third quarter started out with another chance for the Thunder team to add to their lead, and they succeeded in doing just that. They managed to increase their lead to 6 by the end of the quarter with the Thunder scoring 6 more points, and the Bluejays adding 4 points. The score leaving the third quarter was 18-12.

It was the fourth quarter and the Bluejays figured they would have to get some points in a hurry. They scored 8 points which would’ve been enough if the Thunder haven’t come out with some of their own. The Thunder team made 5 baskets that quarter giving them the victory in the game, 28-20.

Now that the Thunder had a 1-1 record for the night, the eighth grade B-team was about to start. The scores were close as they were in the A-team game after the first quarter. The Thunder team had four points, shots scored by Jillian Stueve and Lilly Schultejans, and the Bluejays had three points.

The Thunder girls were finally getting on that roll that they couldn’t achieve in the first game. They came out in the second quarter and scored 10 well-earned points compared to the Bluejays 6, giving the Thunder the lead at the half, 14-9.

After getting pumped up at the half, the Lady Thunder came out with some amazing defense. The Bluejays didn’t score a single point that quarter, while the Thunder team added six more points to their score. The Thunder’s lead continued to grow as they went into the final quarter with a score of 20-9.

The fourth quarter wasn't an impressive one, as the Thunder team only made one basket throughout the whole six minutes. Sabetha had a couple more baskets than the Thunder team but it wasn’t enough to fill the 11 point deficit they had created earlier. Therefore the Thunder girls walked off with their second win of the night, 22-15.

It was time to move over to the last game of the night, the seventh-grade B-team. This game was quite a blowout from the look of the ending scores. The Thunder was in a groove and kept in it the whole time. In the first half, there were three leading scorers for the Thunder: Alyssa Frye, Emma Stallbaumer, and Ashlyn Gudenkauf, each with four points. Just because their offense was on a roll doesn’t mean their defense wasn’t. The Lady Thunder didn’t let the Bluejays score a single point in the first half of the ballgame, making the score 14-0.

The second half didn’t seem any different. Kate Heinen shot very well and scored 8 points for her team, allowing her to have 10 overall. The Bluejays managed to score their first and only points of the game, a single shot made in the third quarter. The game ended with a score of 28-2.

“We were happy when we had great defense and flustered the other team,” said Emma Stallbaumer.

Overall, it was an okay night for the Lady Thunder basketball team. Three wins and one loss were enough to get them by, but they will definitely work harder to improve on their mistakes and get that clean sweep next time.

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