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The NCMS Lady Thunder Takes on the Lady Redhawks

By: Ella Larkin and Kyndall Sextro

November 30, 2018

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It was the night of Thursday, November 15, and the Nemaha Central Thunder came out ready to challenge the Hiawatha Redhawks. It was the second time these teams had faced off and the first time was close on the eighth grade side with NC pulling out the win in the final seconds. This game wasn’t any different.

It was the first quarter of the eighth-grade A-team game, and the Thunder and the Redhawks were battling with the ending result of the quarter a 6-6 tie. The second quarter came along and the Thunder team had some superb defense, not letting the Redhawks score a single point. Though the Thunder didn’t take a commanding lead by any means, they did score four points making the halftime score 10-6.

It was time for the third quarter, and it was another interesting one. The Thunder added to their lead by scoring six throughout the quarter, but the Redhawks had four of their own. So the Thunder team left the quarter with a decent lead of six, 16-10.

The NC Thunder team let their guard down when it came to the fourth quarter. The Redhawks were putting on the pressure trying to force the Thunder to turn the ball over, and that they did. They threw the ball away multiple times when trying to break the Redhawk press. The Redhawks were gradually making their way back into the game and ended up tying the score with only a couple minutes left. Nothing happened for a little while, until there were 40 seconds left on the clock. Jillian Stueve threw the ball to Elli Rusche, who made the shot to put the Thunder team in the lead. That lead was the one that eventually won the game for the Thunder team.  The Thunder team was excited to get the win on the extremely close game, 22-20.

"It was a very challenging game but in the end we were able to pull through with the win," said Gracyn Lierz

It was time to move over to the seventh-grade gym. Tonight was an unusual night for the seventh graders, they would all be playing in one game. There weren’t enough players for the Redhawks so they had to combine the seven A and seven B games together. The Thunder did very well with their combined forces, both Mya Ganstrom and Anna Hermesch had four points at the end of the first quarter, helping the Thunder get the lead, 9-2.

There wasn’t much action in the second quarter, only 2 points were scored, so the teams went into halftime, with the Thunder lead growing, 11-2. Kylee Sperfslage came out strong in the third quarter, with six of the Thunder’s seven points. Even though the Thunder did well with seven scored, the Redhawks started to come alive and scored seven of their own, so the score at the end of the third quarter was 18-9.

The fourth quarter came and the Redhawks were doing well scoring 8 points, but it wasn’t enough to cover the nine-point deficit they had at the half. The Thunder also did well in the fourth quarter. Anna Hermesch helped keep the Thunder team in the lead by scoring six, giving her a combined twelve for the game. The seventh graders came out with another win that night with a final score of 26-17.

Now that the seventh-grade game was over, the Thunder seventh-grade girls headed over to watch the eighth-grade B-team game. The eighth-grade B-team had only lost one game so far this season, and that was to the Redhawks, so they were ready for revenge. The Thunder girls came out a little sluggish at the beginning and only scored two points in the first quarter, while the Redhawks scored five of their own.

The second quarter was better, as the Thunder team finally got some shots to fall. The Redhawks didn’t do too bad either, both teams scored six points in the second quarter, making the score 8-11 at halftime.

The third quarter was the one that changed the momentum of the game for the Lady Thunder. They held off the Redhawks completely, not letting them score a single point, while the Thunder scored seven, and managed to take their first lead of the game, 15-11.

Now that Thunder had the lead they just had to keep it. They did a pretty good job of it too, with Lilly Schultejans scoring seven of the team’s eight points in the quarter. The Redhawks didn’t just give up though, they fought hard to try to get back in the game, but they failed to do so. The Thunder team won the game 23-18.

"We worked well as a team," said Isabelle Evens.

It was a good night for the Lady Thunder basketball team, eighth-grade A-team won their close game, the seventh graders won their not quite so close game, and the eighth-grade B-team got their revenge. Now on a roll from their clean sweep, the Thunder will be ready to take on their next competitors, the Sabetha Bluejays.

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