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NCMS Girls Basketball Catches Fire Against Royal Valley

By: Cooper Hajek and John Siess

November 16, 2018

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    The Nemaha Central Middle School girls basketball team faced the Royal Valley Middle School on Thursday, November 1.  It was going to be a tough game because both teams were in the finals of the Big 7 volleyball tournament and the same athletic girls play basketball. Both teams really wanted a win, but there could only be one winner.

    The eighth-grade A-team game was destined to be an exciting game of basketball.  In the first quarter, NC got the advantage by winning the tip.  The Thunder went on a 5-0 run.  Towards the end of the first quarter, Royal Valley scored 4 points, making the score at the end of the first quarter, 7-4 with an NC lead.  In the 2nd quarter, NC got on the board first again with the first basket, then Royal Valley fought back with some points of their own.  At the halfway mark, NC led 11-8.  To start the second half, Royal Valley got the ball, but it was NC who got the first points of the second half. It was a back and forth battle the remainder of the game, but NC prevailed by winning the game with a score of 25-16.

    Since the eighth-grade A-team won the first game of the night, the B-team hoped to keep the momentum going.  The first quarter of the game, NC took control of the quarter scoring 6 points while Royal Valley only scored 2 points.  NC still held on to the lead in the second quarter adding 4 more points while they held Royal Valley to just 2 points.  The halftime score was NC ahead 10-4. In the second half of the game, NC’s defense shut down Royal Valley allowing them 0 points in the quarter.  NC put 3 points on the board in the 3rd quarter. At the start of the 4th quarter, Royal Valley did not want to get shutout again so they played really aggressive and scored 6 points, but the Thunder also scored 6 points in the fourth quarter making the final score 19-10 with an NC win.

    "I scored and it was really exciting!” said Trista Peterson.

     The seventh-grade A-team was up for the challenge against the visiting Royal Valley team.  In the first quarter, the Lady Thunder were ready to play, and they exploded offensively against Royal Valley scoring 10, to the visiting team’s 2 points. The next quarter Royal Valley was held scoreless by the Lady Thunder, while they put 6 points on the board themselves and ended the first half up 16-2. The next quarter Royal Valley knew what they had to do and went out and scored 5 points, but the Thunder also scored 5 points, ending the quarter 21-7. The Thunder came into the last quarter confident that they were going to win, but they did not slow down. They scored 7 more points, ending the game as winners 28-7.

    “I think we played a good game. We all had fun. It was not a close game, but it was still fun,” said Maggie Koch.

    There was one more game remaining. The seventh-grade B-team girls were ready for their match-up. In the first quarter, the Thunder had a lead 4-0. The Lady Thunder had lots of momentum and scored another 4 points in the second quarter.  The first half ended with the Thunder leading 8-0. Royal Valley scored 2 points in the third quarter, but the Lady Thunder also scored 2 points so Royal Valley did not diminish the lead.  At the end of the third quarter, the score was 10-2.  The Lady Thunder finished the game scoring 4 points in the last quarter. The ending score was 14-2 with another Thunder win.
   

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