The Spearville Lady Lancers used a 19-9 second quarter to beat the Hodgeman County Lady Longhorns Monday afternoon, advancing to play South Central Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.
Hodgeman County will face South Gray at 4:30 p.m. that night.
It was a competitive game nearly from start to finish. Hodgeman County developed a 4-0 lead in the first, but Spearville countered with nine straight points of their own to take a 9-4 lead. The first quarter ended with a missed layup by Spearville in the waning seconds.
The Lancers took a 17-16 lead but the Longhorns got back. Spearville took a 30-23 lead into halftime.
Hodgeman County tied it in the third with 3:46 left in the quarter at 33-33, but Spearville got the lead back 35-33 and never trailed again.
That didn’t mean they ever really took control though.
“It was just a weird game,” Spearville head coach Andrew Kempke said. “One team never really took too much of a flow of it either. We’re up seven at the break and they put a run on us like that, but then we put another run. So yeah, it was kind of a weird game. And that’s what you get when you play at 3 o’clock.”
Longhorn senior Camille Bradshaw had a game-high 14 points. Spearville sophomore Ehlaina Hartman had a team-high 12 points, followed closely by freshman Alissa Heskamp who had 11.
Junior Sarae Ricke had 10 points for the Lancers, but had a bigger impact than just on the offensive side of the ball.
“She had 10 points, but defensively what she did, she really battled,” Kempke said. “For being like a 5’4 guard, she battles in the rebounding pretty well. I thought what she did defensively was pretty good. She did a lot to get hands on passes and get deflections as well.”
Despite the win and some strong scoring numbers, it wasn’t by any means a perfect performance.
“I thought offensively we weren’t as patient as we need to be at times,” Kemkpe said. “Defensively we just at times completely didn’t communicate. We didn’t communicate who had who. Especially (in the) first-half we weren’t hustling back defensively so we could set our press, we were kind of jogging back.”
It was something the team had talked at length about as a team; sprinting to get back on defense every chance they could get. They didn’t really embrace that mentality until Hodgeman County used their lack of hustle against them.
“It took us kind of getting hit in the mouth with some of that before we kind of realized ‘Oh yeah, we’ve got to sprint back,’” Kempke said.
The Lancers ended up winning 52-43.
Ingalls knocks off South Gray
The Ingalls Bulldogs, who had to beat Ashland last Friday to meet up with South Gray at all, knocked off the No. 3 seed in the SPIAA 2018 League Basketball Tournament Monday.
Ingalls jumped out to a 9-0 lead early before South Gray junior Hannah Askew got the Rebels on the board with 3:10 left in the first.
The Bulldogs then expanded their lead to as much as 19-5, and eventually to 23-7.
At that point it appeared South Gray was about to be on the receiving-end of a blowout, but the Lady Rebels had other plans, hitting three straight 3-pointers to cut the lead to 23-16.
Ingalls led 27-19 at halftime.
After the break, Ingalls made a free throw to go up 28-19, but South Gray countered with two 3’s to cut the lead to 28-25, then hit another to tie the score at 28-28 with 5:01 left in the third.
They took the lead at 30-28 with 4:38 left in the third, forcing Ingalls to take a timeout.
In the end, South Gray started the third quarter with a 13-0 run, but Ingalls ended it with four straight points of their own, sending the game into the fourth tied at 32-32.
South Gray made two quick baskets to open the fourth, but Ingalls returned the favor, tying the game again at 36-36, then tying it again at 38-38 after another South Gray bucket.
Ingalls hit a shot with 5:12 to take the lead 40-38. That basket kicked off a 12-2 run that sealed the victory. The Bulldogs won 52-40.
With the loss, South Gray will take on Hodgeman County at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Ingalls will take on the Kiowa County Mavericks at 6 p.m. that evening.
Mavericks crush Tigers
The Pawnee Heights Tigers led for less than 24 seconds against the Kiowa County Mavericks.
After the Mavericks scored their first basket with 7:36 remaining in the first quarter, they never looked back, outscoring the Tigers 32-4 in the first quarter.
The Mavericks, the tournament’s no. 2 seed, led 48-14 at halftime and 72-21 after the third en route to a 78-22 win Monday night.
Kiowa County will take on Ingalls at 6 p.m. on Friday. Pawnee Heights will take on Bucklin.
South Central rolls into semifinals
The South Central Timberwolves girls basketball team rolled against Bucklin Monday night, beating the Red Aces 81-22.
The Timberwolves jumped out to a 6-0 lead. At the end of the first, they led 29-4, at halftime they led 52-8, and 74-16 at the end of the third.
With the win, the South Central moves on to face Spearville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Bucklin will take on Pawnee Heights in the consolation-ladder at 3 p.m. that same afternoon.