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Busy Week for Husky JV

Coach Ludwig

January 14, 2019

    The JV started the week with a home contest against Ainsworth on Monday.  The scoring in this one started out close, resulting in a slim 16-13 Husky lead after one quarter, but good defensive pressure and solid work on the boards allowed us to extend our lead and go up 29-19 at halftime.  We continued working hard in the second half to gain separation from the Bulldogs and end the game with a 55-37 win.  On the night, we outrebounded Ainsworth 39-15, and we kept our turnovers low, committing only 10 and taking care of the basketball well.  We also shared the ball effectively, with six players combining on 13 assists.

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Ainsworth

13

7

7

10

37

West Holt

16

13

12

14

55

            On Tuesday, we travelled to Crofton and suffered our first loss of the year to the Warriors.  While we opened the game with balanced inside-outside scoring, we allowed Crofton too many middle drive opportunities and second shots, and we found ourselves down 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.  Both teams cooled off in the second quarter, and we went into the locker room trailing 24-20.  In the third quarter, lapses on defense and on the defensive boards prevented us from cutting into the lead, so we started the fourth quarter down by six, 35-29.  However, with renewed energy and better defense, we made a push and took the lead late in the game, but a pair of Warrior free throws in the closing seconds gave Crofton the 39-38 win. 

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

West Holt

12

8

9

9

38

Crofton

15

9

11

4

39

 

            On Thursday, the JV hosted North Central and got back into the win column with a 50-44 victory over the Knights.  Balanced scoring and good shot selection proved important in this game, as three different Huskies hit double figures, and as a team, we shot a 60% field goal percentage.  In addition, we played aggressively on both ends of the floor, earning 19 trips to the free throw line, in part by attacking the basket in offense, while defensively we came away with nine steals and forced 14 NC turnovers.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

North Central

11

13

10

10

44

West Holt

10

19

15

6

50

 

            Saturday morning, the young Huskies played a pair of games at the Plainview 9/10 Tournament.  In the first game, we faced Pierce, and while it was a tight game for three quarters, and we trailed only 27-22 going into the final frame, the Bluejays hit a couple big shots in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 10 and eventually win by a score of 38-28. A combination of cold shooting (39% from the floor) and too many turnovers (16) made it difficult for us to get things going offensively. Even though we didn't get the win, we did compete hard, and a highlight was our free throw shooting.  From the line we were 6/6 for 100%.       

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Pierce

9

9

9

11

38

West Holt

11

3

8

6

28

 

                        In the consolation game, we played Randolph and raced out to a 17-0 halftime lead that we stretched to 40-4 at the final buzzer for the 3rd place tournament finish.  It was a good team defensive effort as all seven players recorded steals, combining for 18 for the game and also forcing the Cardinals into committing 24 turnovers.  As a result of this solid defensive effort, we jump started our offense and earned several scoring opportunities in transition. 

 

            Next up will be a pair of home games: Plainview on Tuesday and Boyd County on Thursday.

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

West Holt

9

8

11

12

40

Randolph

0

0

2

2

4

 

 

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