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NCMS Girls Basketball Team Faces the Perry Kaws

By: Lacie Young and Gracyn Lierz

November 20, 2018

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    The Nemaha Central Middle School basketball team anxiously awaited their game on Monday, November 12 at Nemaha Central. Overall, the Lady Thunder has had a great season and has been improving throughout the season.

    First up was the eighth grade A-team. The Thunder team started the quarter out very slowly. They were not playing at their highest potential, but they did manage to score 5 points. Perry also struggled offensively, only putting 2 points on the scoreboard. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 5-2. The second quarter was still another slow quarter for both teams. The Thunder scored 2 points, and the Kaws were held scoreless. This resulted in a 7-2 Thunder lead at the half.

    In the third quarter, the team that the Thunder usually is came back. Offensively they scored 9 points in this quarter. The Thunder defense once again was tough, not allowing the Kaws to score any points. The Thunder team was leading 16-2 at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter is where the Thunder decided to play their best. The Thunder offense remained very strong scoring thirteen points. The Thunder defense was a strong aspect for the team as they held the Kaws to a one-point score on a free throw. This gave the eighth grade A-team a huge win, 29-3.

    “We started out very slow in the A-team game but were able to get the win. Overall, we had an off night not being as strong as we usually are,” said Emilie Strahm.

    Next up was the eighth-grade B-team, striving for another win. The Thunder started out unstoppable scoring points left and right and having a very strong defense. The Lady Thunder only allowed the Kaws to score two points resulting in the first quarter score to be 17-2. In the second quarter, the Kaws picked up on their defense not allowing the Thunder to score as much. The Thunder team was still able to score four points, while the Kaws only scored two points, making the halftime score 21-4.

    The third quarter for the Thunder team was just as strong as the first two. The Thunder had once again, a tough defense that only allowed the Kaws to score 1 point. Offensively, the Thunder team added 10 points to their score, extending their lead with a score of 31-5. The fourth quarter is where the Thunder ended in a very strong victory. The Kaws improved on their defense, but the Kaws weren’t able to keep up with the Thunder allowing them to score seven points. The eighth-grade B-team earned the victory with a 38-9 finish in the game.

    Starting at the same time as the eighth grade A-team, the 7th grade A-team played in the secondary gym. The Thunder went out on the court a little nervous since they had never played the Kaws before, but they also came out confident and ready for the game. The first quarter started off a little tight with 6 points for the Thunder and 3 points for the Kaws. In the second quarter, both teams became more aggressive but the Thunder girls were still able to score 6 points and hold the Kaws to 1 point. The halftime score was 12-4, with the Thunder leading the game.

    The third quarter was next and the Kaws wanted revenge to get ahead in the next half. The Thunder team didn't give up many points in the first half but had a goal of doing the same in the second half. The Thunder scored 8 points this quarter, but they also let up some and Perry was able to score 5 points. NC started to wear down in the fourth quarter allowing the Kaws to score 8 points, but they were still able to score 6 points of their own. The Thunder basketball team ended the game with another win with a final score of 26-17. The Thunder walked off of the court feeling proud of their level of play.

    Anna Hermesch said, “I thought the game overall was super exciting and they kept up with us for awhile, but we were able to pull through and get the win on the A-team side.”

    Up next was the seventh-grade B-team game. The Thunder B-team wanted to do the same thing as the A-team and come home with another victory for the night. The first quarter started off a little worrisome with a tie of 2-2. The Thunder also wanted to show the Kaws what they could do so that is exactly what they did in the second quarter. In the second quarter, the Kaws weren’t as aggressive on their defense, so the Thunder team was able to score 6 points while holding the Kaws to 2 points again. This left a halftime score of 8-4, with NC winning

    As the third quarter started, the Lady Kaws wanted payback for the first half and the Thunder wanted to keep up the hard work and try to score more points. The Thunder couldn’t get any points on the board in the third quarter, but on the other hand, the Lady Kaws only scored 4 points. This caused a tie of 8-8 heading into the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter was very intense and stressful. The Kaws outscored the Thunder team by a point to get the victory 11-12. The Thunder will learn from this loss and work harder in practice to fix their mistakes for when the teams meet again.

    The Thunder seventh grade A-team and the Thunder eighth grade A and B-teams were proud of their victories, while the seventh grade B-team played their hearts out, but came up short.

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