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NCMS Girls Battle the Jays

By: Addison Osterhaus, Keirston Saenz, and Isabell Smith

December 02, 2018

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The Nemaha Central Middle school girls basketball teams battled Sabetha for the second time this season on Monday, November 19, hoping to rack up a few wins. The NC 8th-grade A-team came up short the last time the two teams met.  They were hoping this time would have different results.

The 8th-grade A-team game was a battle from the beginning as Sabetha outscored NC in the first quarter 5-4.  The Thunder girls came back in the second quarter to take the lead by scoring 8 points to the Bluejays 6 points. The halftime score was 12-11 with an NC lead.

In the third quarter, the momentum switched to Sabetha as their offense came alive and scored 10 points to NC’s 2 points. The Thunder girls found themselves down 21-14 at the end of the third quarter.  The fourth quarter was intense as the Thunder girls made a comeback in the game scoring 13 points, while Sabetha scored 6 points to take the game into overtime.

Overtime was just as exciting as the previous four quarters.  Both teams were playing well and the game came down to the last few seconds as Sabetha hit a shot to win, 31-30.  What an awesome game of basketball by both teams.

The eighth-grade B-team game followed the A-team game.  In the first quarter, the NC girls exploded offensively scoring 10 points, while Sabetha scored only 2. The scoring was evened out more in the second quarter as NC scored 6 points and Sabetha added 4 points. The NC girls went into the locker room with a lead of 10 points, 16-6.

The Lady Thunder did not let down in the third quarter as they extended their lead scoring 8 points, while the Bluejays only added 4 points.  At the start of the fourth quarter, the score was 24-10 with a solid NC lead. The NC girls were able to hold on to their lead and get the victory with an ending score of 26-18.

“They played aggressively, but we played even more aggressive,” said Keirsten Huerter.

For the seventh grade A-team, the game was tough from the beginning, with the Sabetha Bluejays leading 6-4 in the first quarter. The Thunder girls were trying to catch up, but they came up short only scoring 4 points to Sabetha’s 5 points. The halftime score was 11-8, with a Bluejay lead.

In the third quarter, things went about the same for NC as they came up short being outscored again by 2 points. The third quarter ended with the Thunder trailing 19-14. The Thunder team came out in the fourth quarter fired up and made a run for the victory. They scored 11 points in the quarter, but they were just short of the win as the Bluejays scored 7 points to get the one point win 26-25.

Things went a lot smoother for the seventh-grade B-team. In the first quarter, NC's offense came alive scoring 6 points to Sabetha’s 2. The Thunder defense was playing well as they held Sabetha scoreless in the second quarter while adding 9 points to their score. The Thunder girls had a confident lead at halftime, 15-2. Things didn’t go much better for Sabetha in the third quarter. NC started off big right after halftime as they held off Sabetha again while increasing their lead by 6 points. In the fourth quarter, the Lady Thunder was still able to score 9 points, but they also gave up 12 points to the Bluejays. The Bluejays late scoring wasn’t enough to stop the NC Thunder team from winning with a score of 30-14.  

Overall, the night consisted of some very competitive basketball by both teams.  Even though the Thunder team came up short in a couple of games, they still played hard and had fun.

Hailey Nordhus said, “It was a very difficult game.”

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