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Boys JV Have a Busy Week Win 5

by Coach Ludwig

January 15, 2018

JV Huskies Win 5

 

            The JV opened a full week of basketball with a 47-44 win at Boyd County on Monday.  From the opening tip, it was a close, hard-fought ball game, and after several lead changes in the second half, we were able to hold off the Spartans with some timely baskets and defensive stances in the fourth quarter. 

            After the JV game, we played two additional quarters of "C" basketball, and our freshmen also found themselves in a tight contest from start to finish.  At the end of a back and forth first quarter, we found ourselves down 14-13, and even though we played hard in the second, we came up short 26-20 in the end. 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

West Holt JV

11

12

14

10

47

Boyd County JV

12

9

12

11

44

 

            Next up for the JV was a home game against Crofton on Tuesday.  Offensively, we got off to a quick start, outscoring the Warriors 15-5 in the first quarter and using that momentum to take a 32-11 lead at half-time.  A solid second half allowed us to come away with a 51-24 win.  This was a nice "team" win for us, with 8 players chipping in points and 3 scoring in double figures.  On defense we communicated well and got ourselves into position to help teammates, holding Crofton to single digits in each of the four quarters played.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Crofton

5

6

8

5

24

West Holt

15

17

15

4

51

 

            On Thursday, we traveled to Springview for a three quarter match-up against North Central.  Both teams started slowly in this one, and at the end of the first, the score stood 7-2 in our favor.  In the second quarter, the Knights heated up offensively, while we remained cold, and they grabbed a 16-12 lead going into the third.  In the final frame, we held NC to four points and had our biggest offensive output of the night, scoring 12, to erase the deficit and escape with a 24-20 win.  While it wasn't our best game of the year, we did find a way to win down the stretch, and that experience will prove valuable in close games down the road. 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

Final

West Holt

 7

5

12

24

North Central

2

14

4

20

 

            We ended our week with the Plainview 9/10 Tournament on Saturday morning.  In the first round, we faced Randolph and earned a 50-23 win and a berth in the championship later in the day.  Overall, this was one of our more complete games of the season.  Using our defense, we were able to set the tone and dictate the tempo, and this enabled us to build a 26-12 half-time lead and hold the Cardinals scoreless in the third quarter.  We also boxed out well and crashed the boards hard on both ends of the floor, pulling down 37 rebounds (22 of which were offensive) and converting several put-backs.  In addition, we had offensive balance, scoring in transition when opportunities presented themselves and making good decisions in the half-court to find our teammates for open shots when we couldn't run.

 

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

West Holt

15

11

15

9

50

Randolph

4

8

0

11

23

 

            In our second game, we faced Pierce for the tournament championship, and with their half-court style of play, the Bluejays slowed the tempo and kept us from pushing the ball like we wanted to, which resulted in a low scoring first quarter and 9-6 Husky deficit.  Offensively, we picked it up a bit in the second quarter, scoring both inside and outside with a couple threes and some nice post play.  We also clamped down on defense, holding Pierce to six points, and built a 20-15 lead at half-time.  In the second half, we were able to keep the Bluejays at bay by limiting their shot opportunities, taking and making good shots on offense, and converting on timely free throws.  After struggling at the line in some close contests earlier in the week, we showed genuine mental toughness by hitting 65% from the line in a big game against a quality opponent.  As we continue a busy month of basketball, we look to build on the positive strides we took this week.  Next up for the JV will be games at Plainview on Tuesday and at Boyd County on Thursday.

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

West Holt

6

14

9

10

39

Pierce

9

6

7

6

26

 

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