HEMINGFORD, Neb. – The Niobrara County High School Lady Tigers began the New Year with a trip across state lines to Hemingford, Neb. for a rare matchup with the Lady Bobcats. While it’s uncertain if there has ever been a regular season game, the teams have faced off in summer camps.
Both squads had success scoring in the first period, as the home team held a 13-11 lead.
Courtney Rowley was sent to the bench with her third foul, and while the Lusk offense slowed down, so did the Lady Bobcats. The home team couldn’t take advantage, and the Lady Tigers were down 16-15 at the break.
Riley Shaw buried a 3-pointer, and Rowley put in six points as NCHS took a 26-24 lead with one quarter to play.
Despite making just five of 11 free throws down the stretch, the Lady Tigers held on for the 35-32 victory.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS: 12/43 FG; 1/6 3PT; 8/21 FT; 47 REB; 3 AST; 10 STL; 4 BLK; 14 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Rowley 15, Kottwitz 7, Shaw 5, Richardson 5, Potter 2, Larson 1. Rebounds- Rowley 11, Richardson 10, Kottwitz 10.
The Tiger boys were cold as ice in an unfamiliar gym Saturday evening in Hemingford. The first period was a low-scoring effort as the teams got familiar with the other. A 6-4 Bobcat lead after one quickly turned into an 11-0 run for the home team. Only a late bucket by James Stone cut the lead to 17-6 at the midpoint.
Tanner Carpenter buried a pair of treys, and Ryan Bruegger added another as NCHS tried to come back under mounting foul trouble.
Hemingford answered with two triples of their own as their lead remained at 11 points. Carpenter got the hat trick with his third 3-pointer of the game, and Damien Molzahn added one. But time ran out on Lusk in the 38-31 defeat.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS: 7/37 FG; 5/19 3PT; 2/8 FT; 37 REB; 9 AST; 12 STL; 10 BLK; 15 TO; 17 PF
HHS: 10/29 FG; 4/21 3PT; 6/16 FT; 46 REB; 9 AST; 8 STL; 6 BLK; 20 TO; 6 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Carpenter 9, Wyatt Stauffer 7, Bruegger 6, Stone 4, Molzahn 3, Walker Kupke 2. Rebounds- Carpenter 7, Stauffer 6, Stone 6, Molzahn 6, Bruegger 5. Assists- Stone 5. Blocks- Bruegger 5.
The junior varisty girls lost to Hemingford 31-22, as Kottwitz led with ten points. The JV boys won 49-42 as Dylan Molzahn had a breakout game with 27 points and 11 rebounds to go with three steals.
Both squads travel to the Taco Johns Invitational in Cheyenne this weekend. The boys visit Pine Bluffs for a non-conference game Thursday (4 p.m. JV/7 p.m. V), Riverton Friday at Storey Gym (12:30 p.m. JV/2 p.m. V) and Wheatland at East High School (9 a.m. JV/noon varsity).
The Lady Tigers visit Pine Bluffs for a non-conference collision, in what is sure to be a four or five game series this season on Thursday (4 p.m. JV/5:30 p.m. V). Lusk meets the Cheyenne South JV at their home gym (2 p.m. V/ 3:30 p.m. JV) on Friday. On Saturday the varsity faces Wheatland at noon at South High School.