LINGLE – An early 6-6 tie was as close as the Tigers would get at Dogger Gym Friday night in the only basketball action last week. For the sixth time this season, an opponent made the Tigers pay from deep with six or more treys. The home team hit two in the first quarter to take the 14-11 lead. Jayden Matthews and Tanner Carpenter buried long range shots to help the Tigers stay close at the half, down 27-25.
The Doggers got hot with help from sloppy ball handling by the Tigers. L-FL opened up a 43-34 third period lead behind four more triples and was able to hold off the Tiger rally. Matthews buried a three pointer, and Penfield’s old fashioned three point play got NCHS within six with 3:06 to play. Bruegger’s late triple was not enough as time ran out on the Tigers in the 58-52 defeat.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS 11 14 9 18 52
L-FL 14 13 16 15 58
NCHS 17/42 FG; 4/14 3PT; 6/8 FT; 35 REB; 17 TO; 14 PF
L-FL 14/33 FG; 7/14 3PT; 9/14 FT; 25 REB; 14 TO; 13 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Bruegger 19, Penfield 11, Tschacher 8, Matthews 6, Miller 4, Carpenter 3, Stone 1. Rebounds- Penfield 8, Bruegger 7, Stone 6.
JV tops Doggers 48-29
The JV had little trouble with the Doggers in a 48-29 win. Wyatt Stauffer led the Tigers with 14 points while Jayden Matthews and Ben Eiden added ten apiece. Walker Kupke drilled a pair of three pointers for six.
The frosh-soph tourney was at Tiger Gym Monday night and NCHS faced little resistance from the Douglas freshmen in the first game. They scored 14 points in each of the first three periods, and 21 in the fourth for a 63-21 win. Stauffer led with 16 points, followed by Eiden with 15, Aric Eaton with 10 and Mason Wells with nine. Eiden had seven rebounds while Eaton nabbed five steals. Lusk then took care of L-FL 50-14 behind three triples from Kupke and nine more points from Damien Molzahn. Eaton and Eiden added eight. Eaton had 11 steals to go with six rebounds while Molzahn added six assists, five rebounds and five steals.
NCHS gets into 2A conference play with trips to Glenrock Friday and Southeast on Saturday. Friday times are JV at 3 p.m. and varsity at 6, before 1 p.m. for the JV and varsity at 4 in Yoder.