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Huskies Split a Pair in Stanton; Earn Runner-Up Finish

Coach Ludwig

January 01, 2018

West Holt opened up play in the Stanton Holiday Tournament with a win against the host team on Thursday night.  Fresh off the five-day NSAA moratorium during which there could be no school sponsored individual or team practice, both teams started a bit rusty.  But as the game wore on, the Huskies got things going and stretched a one point lead (11-10) at the end of the first quarter to a 13 point lead at halftime (30-17).  In the third quarter, we doubled up the Mustangs 16-8 to go into the fourth up 46-25, and a strong final frame made the score 65-36 at the buzzer.  While our shooting percentage from the field was slightly below our season average at this point: 39% versus Stanton compared to 45% on the season, we did shoot well from the free throw line.  From the stripe we were 20 of 26 for 77%, which exceeded our season average of 69% through six games.   That first round win earned us a second-round match-up against O'Neill on the following night. 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

West Holt

11

19

16

19

65

Stanton

10

7

8

11

36

 

            On Friday night, two undefeated teams who are very familiar with each other faced off for the tournament championship.  The opening quarter was tightly contested, with the Eagles hitting a late basket to go up 13-10.  In the second quarter, the intensity continued, with O'Neill gaining an advantage by hitting a high percentage of shots in the lane and the Huskies struggling to finish in the paint. Their interior defense and physicality put good shots at a premium, so not being able to convert on inside scoring opportunities challenged us.  And, as they had in the first, the Eagles hit a big shot to end the quarter and extend their lead to 11 (31-20) at halftime.  After halftime, we tried to make a couple runs, but every time we cut into the lead somewhat, O'Neill was able to counter, and the score stood 43-30 after three.  In the fourth quarter, we again tried to make a run, but the Eagles were able to outpace us 17-13 to win by a final score of 60-43.  Even though we didn't get the outcome we wanted, we did learn some things about our team that should benefit us in the long run.  In the second half of the season, we want to be better on the boards and improve our defensive help and rotation. Out first chance to get back in the win column will come Friday against Clearwater/Orchard at home.  Games come fast and furious after that, with a road game at Elkhorn Valley on Saturday, a home game against Crofton on Tuesday, January 9th, and a road game against North Central at Springview on Thursday, January 11th.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

O'Neill

13

18

12

17

60

West Holt

10

10

10

13

43

 

 

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