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Huskies End Season

Coach Hale

February 27, 2022

    The Huskies entered the C2-7 Subdistrict feeling good about their chances to win the subdistrict after a good showing at Santee.  This confidence showed in the first half of game one on Tuesday night as we played the host Summerland Bobcats.  We had won the regular-season game at home back on Jan 7, 46-41.  Of course, a lot of water had gone under the bridge since then and this was two different teams playing.

    We did start the game confidently, shooting over 50% from the field, playing good defense, and controlling the defensive boards.  Summerland responded in the second half.  They reduced their turnovers and hit the boards harder.  I think we helped them out a bit by not playing with the same intensity.  It’s hard to look at the scoreboard at the half and see a 25-8 score and put the hammer down in the third quarter.  But, that is something our younger players have to learn. 

    We did maintain control of the game late enough into the fourth quarter to for Summerland into fouling us.  Jakeem Brown shot 6 or 9 from the line in the fourth, for part of his game-high 18 points.  Tyler Jelinek knocked down 4 more free throws.  We played pretty good team ball, dishing out 11 assists on our 15 field goals.  Ian Larson again had double-digit rebounds with 10. 

The win moved us into a rematch with North Central who had defeated Neligh-Oakdale 50-49 in the #1 vs #4 match-up.

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

West Holt

11

14

9

14

48

Summerland

3

5

11

15

34

 

    We started Thursday’s game against North Central well.  Tyler carried the scoring load the first quarter, making 7 of our 12 first-quarter points.  Our game plan was to limit their 3 best scorers and we didn’t do that very well in the first half.  They did a good job of limiting our leading scorers to 3 first-half points though.  We weren’t making shots in that second quarter, and I felt like that affected our defensive effort.  By half-time, we were down 14. 

We regrouped and put together a better effort in the third quarter to cut the lead in half.  This gave us a chance to get hot in the fourth quarter and make a run.  Our cold-shooting just hung with us the rest of the game.  We were happy with how the kids responded after the second quarter.  Tyler finished the game as our leading scorer with 11 points.  Ian Larson hit three 3’s to have 9 points and another double-digit rebounding night.  You’re just not going to win many games when you turn the ball over 20+ times and shoot 30-something percent.  Credit the North Central Knights on moving on to the District Finals and we wish them the best.

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

West Holt

12

3

8

11

34

North Central

12

17

1

12

42

 

    The Huskies finished the season with a record of 13-13.  We placed third in the NVC tournament and had one of the lowest defensive averages (44.3 ppg) of any team in my tenure here at West Holt.  We made progress over the course of the year.  The older guys developed leadership skills and the freshmen developed into varsity players.  The JV team had a record of 18-3.  This team will have a chance to do better next year if they get better in the off-season.  We’ll start again in 8 months, we’ll be 8 months older, will we be 8 months better?

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