The Lady Thunder Gets Prepared on Defense

The Nemaha Central Middle School Girls Basketball had their third home game on Thursday, November 10. The Thunder battled the Perry-Lecompton Kaws with a mindset to win. The girls had already played Perry earlier in the season and the seventh grade won both their games and the eighth grade lost both of theirs. The eighth grade teams were looking to win this time around.

First to start off the night, the NC eighth grade A-team played in the main gym. The Thunder athletes started off the night well scoring 10 points in the first quarter, while holding the Kaws to 6. Entering the second quarter, the team was ahead by 4 points. They played hard, but only increased their lead by a basket. The halftime score was 13-7.

The athletes got back on the floor prepared to defeat Perry. They played great offense scoring 8 points against Perry’s 6 points to end the third quarter up 21-13. The fourth quarter was pretty slow with the Lady Thunder only scoring 2 points. The final score came out as 23-14 with a Thunder win.

“This last game against Perry was super fun. At the beginning of the game, it was close, but we ended up beating them by over ten,” stated Maggie Jones.

Once the NC eighth grade A-team finished up, the eighth grade B-team stepped on the floor. Due to Perry’s low number of players, the girls only played two quarters. In the first quarter, the Thunder played hard and jumped out in front with a score of 8-4. Entering the second quarter, the Thunder knew what they had to do in order to keep their lead. They did just that and the final score of this game was 12-6 with the second Thunder win of the night.

When the eighth grade A-team played in the main gym, the seventh grade A-team started off in the secondary gym. The Thunder athletes played great offense and defense which led them to a lead of 13-0. In the second quarter, the Lady Thunder gained 14 more points while Perry only gained 2. The Thunder had a dominant lead of 27-2 at halftime.

After halftime, the girls returned to the floor. The Thunder team played great in the third quarter to increase their lead to 35-2. In the fourth quarter, the Thunder scored a couple more points and the final score of the game was 39-6.

Clare Wullschleger said, “They aren’t the best team in the league, but they gave us some competition.” 

Next up in the secondary gym was the seventh grade B-team. The Thunder team stepped on the court ready to play hard and defeat the Kaws. In the first quarter, the Lady Thunder scored 4 points, while holding the Kaws scoreless. The Thunder worked hard in the second quarter and scored 9 points while Perry only gained 4 points.

The Thunder got back on the court after a short halftime break, but only managed to score 4 points against the Kaws in the third quarter. The Thunder girls were ready for the final quarter with a lead of 17-6. The Thunder added a few more baskets in the fourth quarter to come out with a 24-10 win.

The Thunder had a successful night with 4 out of 4 wins. The eighth grade teams were excited to get the wins this time around. The number of games is winding down but the athletes still have room for improvement.

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