As the postseason begins to loom, the Wyopreps #2 Lady Tigers played their last weekend against weaker teams in LFL and against Burns. The second biggest weekend of the season is upon NCHS as they travel to SE and #5 PB comes to Tiger Gym this weekend.
Lusk put up the eighth highest point total in school history in the 79-22 home win a month ago and got close to that again at Dogger Gym last Friday. Taylor Gaukel and Riley Shaw had the early hot hands with a dozen of the Lady Tigers 20 points-to LFL’s five. The home team came alive in the second quarter, as Lusk was careless with the ball and shot selection. The Lady Doggers managed to get within 36-23 at the half.
Gaukel continued her career night (21 points on 9/12 shooting), as the lead grew to 53-30 with the help of eight LFL turnovers. The junior sank a triple at 6:49 en route to a personal 7-0 run to finish off the home team. A dozen Lady Tigers scored as the deep bench closed the deal with a 75-40 victory.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS 20 16 17 22 75
LFL 5 18 7 10 40
NCHS: 32/75 FG, 1/ 8 3PT, 8/20 FT, 53 REB, 13 TO, 25 PF
LFL: 11/34 FG, 1/ 4 3PT, 17/26 FT, 32 REB, 19 PF, 34 TO
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Gaukel 21, Smith 15, Gilkey 9, Hales 9, Shaw 6, Lyons 4, Blackburn 3, Rowley 2, Engelker 2, Graham 2, Sturman 1, Waldock 1. Rebounds- Smith 10, Hales 8, Gaukel 7, Gilkey 5. Assists- Gaukel 5. Steals- Gaukel 6.
As long as Barry Ward is in charge of the Lady Bronc program, they will scrap and hustle for all 32 minutes. The first period Saturday at Lusk proved it again. At times it seemed the Lusk girls were uninterested, but managed an 18-6 lead behind Gilkey’s six points. A tightly whistled game led to both teams earning a bit of foul trouble as halftime approached and bench depth tested early. Turnovers also plagued the period as they combined for 16.
Freshmen Shaw and Rowley combined for ten of the Lady Tigers 14 third quarter points as the lead increased to 49-27. By the time it was over 11 different Lady Tigers (4-1, 15-2) hit the scorebooks in the 71-32 win.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
BURNS 10 6 11 5 32
NCHS 18 17 14 22 71
BURNS: 12/42 FG, 0/5 3PT, 8/21 FT, 23 PF, 32 TO
NCHS: 29/54 FG, 0/8 3PT, 13/31 FT, 47 REB, 20 TO, 23 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Gilkey 18, Rowley 11, Shaw 9, Gaukel 7, Hales 7, Smith 7, Lyons 6, Christianson 2, Sturman 2, Graham 2. Rebounds- Hales 9, Rowley 7, Gaukel 6, Smith 6, Lyons 5. Steals- Gaukel 5, Rowley 5. Good sportsmanship players of the game: NCHS senior Trisha Hales and Burns freshman Jaden Gipfert.
The JV beat Burns 50-33 as Graham led with ten points and Christianson added eight.
The C squad had a good week as they beat LFL 29-8 in two quarters as Abby Kottwitz led with eight points. They also defeated Burns 40-33 as Jozalyn Potter went off for 22 points and Kottwitz added ten.
This week the Lady Tigers head into crucial games at SE (4 and 5:30 p.m.) and Senior Day vs PB on Saturday (11:30, 1 and 2:30). The senior Class of 2018 will be honored after the varsity game but prior to the boys varsity. Added to the schedule is a trip Feb. 15 to Douglas to face the #1 3A team’s JV. It will be a good test for the varsity as they tune up for the postseason. The C squad will also travel to Douglas to face the Lady Cats frosh (4 and 5:30 p.m.).