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Free Throws Haunt Lady Tigers in Losses

Posted: Thursday, Feb 6th, 2014

Lady Tigers battle in basketball action

NCHS had a chance to move up in the conference standings last weekend with a pair of road games at Southeast and Burns, but let both slip through their grasp in similar fashion.

Kassidy Miller got Lusk off to a good start Friday night in Yoder with the first five points and Lexie Dockery’s three pointer helped push the Lady Tigers to a 10-7 first quarter lead. Amy Bergstrom found Miller on a nice fast break and Jessica Bruegger got a quick steal and basket on the inbounds and Lusk led 15-7. A timeout by the home team righted the ship for the Lady Cyclones as they scored six straight before a late basket gave Lusk the 17-13 halftime lead.

As it has become a troubling trend recently, NCHS was a step behind in the third period. Miller and KaciJo Skrukrud each had picked up their third fouls when SE tied the game at 19. Dockery sank another triple, but with the two seniors on the bench the Lady Cyclones quickly took control. They converted four offensive rebounds into eight points and by the end of the third had gone ahead 31-26. Skrukrud came back in the fourth quarter with a steal and layup to cut the lead to 34-30, but SE scored the final eight points of the game behind timely free throw shooting. Southeast took command of the conference lead with the 42-30 final score.


NCHS 10-7-9-4-30

SOUTHEAST 7-6-18-11-42


NCHS 13/30 FG, 2/9 3PT, 2/8 FT, 24 REB, 17 PF, 20 TO

SOUTHEAST 17/40 FG, 0/2 3PT, 8/15 FT, 26 REB, 15 PF, 12 TO

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Miller 13, J. Bruegger 7, Dockery 6, Skrukrud 4. Rebounds- Miller 9, J. Bruegger 5.

Saturday at Burns NCHS once again got off to a lead behind good defense and Dockery’s three pointer. J. Bruegger had a key rebound and putback and the lead was 12-4 Lusk after the first quarter. Burns went on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 14, while another Dockery triple kept the Lady Tigers ahead 22-19 at the break.

The home team put their full court press into action after halftime-forcing Lusk into ten turnovers in the quarter, and gaining the 28-24 edge. H. Bruegger’s trey kept Lusk close and with one period to go, the Lady Broncs lead was a slim 30-29. Minutes into the fourth, she scored five in a row to regain the lead at 36-35. Turnovers again gave the lead back to the home team as time was getting short. Skrukrud’s layup cut the lead to 43-40, but like the night before and the earlier game in Lusk, the other team made free throws down the stretch for the 44-42 win. Burns was six for 11 from the charity stripe in the second half while NCHS did not have a single attempt.

While all hope is not lost, the Lady Tigers are now 1-5 in conference play and need to beat Pine Bluffs and Saratoga (and get some help) to avoid the pigtail game.


NCHS 12-10-7-13-42

BURNS 4-15-11-14-44


NCHS 18/41 FG, 4/9 3PT, 2/8 FT, 33 REB, 21 PF, 23 TO

BURNS 15/43 FG, 1/11 3PT, 13/24 FT, 26 REB, 14 PF, 13 TO

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Skrukrud 15, H. Bruegger 10, J. Bruegger 7, Dockery 6, Amy Bergstrom 2, Lexi Blackburn 2. Rebounds- H. Bruegger 7, Miller 7, Dockery 5, J. Bruegger 5. Assists- Miller 7.

The JV lost to Southeast 35-25 with Abbey Larson leading NCHS with 14 points but rebounded to beat Burns 41-32. Larson and Amber Jensen led with eight points each while Caysea Hart and McKayle Mosley added six apiece.

The C squad defeated Glendo 33-16 on Jan. 28 as Mattie Pfister scored 11 and Elise Myer added six. The freshman duo combined for ten rebounds also. They beat Burns 23-10 as Rachel Lashmett led the Lady Tigers with eight points- she also grabbed five rebounds, three steals and a block. Alexis Martinez scored four with six rebounds. Angelina Bannan had ten rebounds and eight steals in the win.

This week the Lady Tigers return home as Lingle-Ft Laramie comes to Lusk Friday night before a visit to Hot Springs, S.D. on Saturday. Friday’s games are at 4 and 5:30 p.m. while Saturday’s games are 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. The C squad plays the Torrington freshmen at 5 p.m. before Tuesday’s JV game at Guernsey at 5:30 p.m.

For the complete article see the 02-05-2014 issue.

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