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Huskies Split with N-V and St. Mary's

Coach Hale

February 14, 2022

    The Huskies faced some challenges this past week.  We started with playing Niobrara-Verdigre at home on Tuesday.  The boys had played the Cougars in the first round of the NVC tournament 10 days earlier to end N-V’s tournament.  We went on to finish 3rd and they had over a week to think about how to win this game on Tuesday.  That’s a situation ripe for upset, but our guys started pretty well.  Weston Mathis came off the bench in the first quarter to get our offense going by hitting three 3’s.  N-V was running a diamond & 1 defense on Jakeem Brown, so it was key that we have some guys knock-down shots.  Ian Larson took over the scoring in the second quarter tallying 11 of his game-high 21 points in that quarter.  Even with that, we let our lead slip.  The Cougars hit four 3’s in the second to make things tight at half.

    Our defense get better in the second half and we had our biggest scoring quarter of the year in the third to gain back control.  We were able to empty the bench the last couple of minutes and enjoy the win.  We ended up with four players in double-digit scoring, Ian 21, Lincoln Konrad 17, Weston 14, and Tyler Jelinek 10.  Ian pulled down 9 boards, while Tyler and Lincoln got 7.  The stat most gratifying was the team recording 22 assists on 28 made baskets.  Jakeem and Tyler both dished out 5 each.  

The JV got the night kicked off by winning 64-37.  

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

West Holt

17

14

26

16

73

Niobrara-Verdigre

5

22

5

5

37

 

    The next challenge of the week was hosting the NVC champions.  St. Mary’s came in with an 18-2 record, ranked 3rd in D-2 powerpoints. We struggled to defend without fouling and coupled that with turning the ball over 12 times in the first half.  On the positive side, we shot a good percentage on possessions that we handled the ball well.  In the second half, we played much better, only committing 3 turnovers and committing fewer fouls.  We’ll tip our hat to St. Mary’s, wish them luck in the postseason and learn from that game. 

    Jakeem and Tyler led the Huskies in scoring with 16 and 10 respectively.  Tyler dished out 5 assists.  Lincoln led the rebounding efforts with 5.  Aiden Hedstrom of St. Mary’s led all scorers with 26. 

The JV game with the Cardinals was shortened to 2 quarters.  The game was tied 12-12 after the first quarter, then the Huskies took the second quarter 21-4 to win 33-16. 

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

West Holt

9

8

15

18

50

St. Mary’s

15

18

22

10

65

 

    The Freshman and Sophomores got in on some more action on Saturday when we hosted the “Old Rangeland” 9-10 tournament.  We met up with O'Neill in game 1.  It was a rematch of the JV game from Jan 27 where we had won 56-53.  This time the Jr Eagles were firing on all cylinders.  They knocked down 6 threes from 3 different players in the first half.  We were down 14-29 at the half, but credit our guys for winning the third quarter to pull back to 27-31.  The Eagles opened the 4th quarter with a 5-0 run to regain control and worked the clock to win 43-52.  O’Neill beat Valentine in the championship game.

    The Huskies 9-10 were ready to go in the consolation game vs North Central.  We played much better defense, giving up only 2 points in the first half to lead at the half 14-2.  We eased up a bit in the 3rd but then finished strong to win 36-14.  It was a good chance to get all our freshmen and sophomores together.

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