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NCMS Girls Basketball Teams Dominate at the Sabetha Tournament

By: Jillian Stueve and Elli Rusche

November 17, 2018

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    In Sabetha, the Nemaha Central girls basketball team stormed into the tournament on Saturday, November 10. They were ready to pick up a few wins for the day. Starting off the tournament was the 7th grade A-team playing the Atchison Braves. The Thunder girls started out strong with a lead of 7 points in the first quarter, 10-3. By the end of the first half, the score was 22-7 as the Thunder team was leaving the Braves in the dust. In the third quarter, the Thunder team was still putting points on the board offensively by scoring 9, however, their defense was letting up giving the Braves 8 points of their own. The Thunder team took a 31-15 lead going into the fourth quarter. With the ending score of 35-17, the Thunder picked up another win for the season.

        “We played hard as a team and had fun,” said Ashlyn Gudenkauf.

    After that commendable win by the 7th grade, the 8th grade was ready to add another win on the season. The Thunder girls started out the first quarter with a huge lead, outscoring the Braves 17-0. The second quarter was a lot like the first quarter except the Braves snuck in an easy layup past the defense to score their only 2 points of the half. The Thunder team was again hot offensively and by the end of the first half, the Thunder girls were up 38-2.

    The Braves were unable to score in the second half and the Thunder shots just kept falling through the hoop. The Lady Thunder team was on fire and they finished the game playing well, winning 60-2. When the 8th grade finished up with the Atchison game, the 7th graders went up against the Marysville Bulldogs. The 7th graders went into the Marysville game with a win against Atchison.

    In the first quarter, the Thunder and Bulldogs appeared to be equally matched as they both put 6 points on the board. In the second quarter, the Bulldogs outscored the Thunder making three more baskets to gain a total of six additional points. The Thunder team tried to keep the score close with four points of their own. At the half, the Bulldogs were on top, 12-10.

    When halftime was over NC was ready to try to make a comeback. Just like the first quarter, both teams added 7 points to their score, leaving the Thunder girls down by 2 at the end of the third quarter, 19-17. In the fourth and final quarter, NC put up a strong fight scoring eight points, while Marysville scored a total of seven points to keep the lead. After a strong, hard-fought battle the Lady Thunder fell short of a win, 25-26

    For the final game of the day, the Lady Thunder 8th grade team faced off against the Marysville Bulldogs. The Lady Thunder started the game off strong scoring a solid ten points. Marysville rallied back but only managed to score seven points in the first quarter. In the second quarter, NC managed to get an astonishing fourteen points. Along with the Lady Thunder’s offense came great defense. The Lady Thunder gave up only two points to the Bulldogs.  The Thunder had a commendable lead at halftime of 24-9.

    Coming back from halftime, the Lady Thunder scored nine more points, while the Bulldogs scored five points. When the fourth quarter came, NC was ahead of Marysville 33-14. Looking to extend their lead before the game ended, NC put ten more points on the board. Marysville answered back with nine but didn't score enough to beat the Lady Thunder. NC finished on top with the victory over Marysville, 43-23.

    “It was a great tournament and we played strong during both of our games. Everyone's shots were falling and our defense was amazing,” said Addy Holthaus.

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