The Hodgeman County High School girls’ basketball team led for most of the game and Bucklin got within one six times and tied the game twice, but had trouble getting over the hump. With a 2:30 left in the game, the Red Aces’ luck changed as Abbi Price made a jumper to give the Red Aces a 48-47 lead, their first of the game.


The Hodgeman County High School girls’ basketball team led for most of the game and Bucklin got within one six times and tied the game twice, but had trouble getting over the hump. With a 2:30 left in the game, the Red Aces’ luck changed as Abbi Price made a jumper to give the Red Aces a 48-47 lead, their first of the game.
    The Red Aces finished the game on a 10-1 run, winning 56-48 to take third place in the Southern Plains Iroquois Activities Association Tournament on Saturday at the Civic Center.
    “We played them last Friday and we just didn’t play well ... in the first part of the game,” Bucklin head coach Stephen Hokanson said. “So we knew if we could keep the ball under control and not make bad passes, we could stay close to them. They are really good shooters, so you try to stay with them the best you can and hope you can play there in the end and get it.”
    Price, who finished with 16 points, had 12 in the fourth quarter.
    Bucklin teammate Morgan Hood also had 16.
    Mallorie Salmans and Cara Beckwith each had 12 for the Longhorns.
    Hodgeman County took an early 14-7 lead, but Bucklin came back. Three times in the games’ first 19 minutes Bucklin got within one, but no closer.
    Abbi Price made a basket to place the score at 22-21 in the second, but Hodgeman County’s Chelsie Bougher drained a 3 to put the Longhorns back up by four.
    Hood converted on a three-point play to get the Aces one again, but Salmans and Lauren Shuler each made baskets to get Hodgeman County up by five.
    Later in the second, Bucklin’s Melinda Davis made a 3-pointer to place the score at 29-28, but Serenity Seiler finished the half with a three-point play to get the ’Horns back up by four.
    When Bucklin again found themselves down by one in the third, Cure drained a 3-poitner to get back up by four.
    With four minutes left in the third quarter, the Aces’ Sammy Kreutzer stole the ball and took it to the hole, tying the game at 38.
    Hodgeman County responded by finishing the quarter on a 7-2 run, taking a 45-40 lead into the fourth. It was the Aces, however, who would make the big plays in the fourth.
    “We ended up switching towards the end to a man,” Hokanson said. “The girls wanted to go to a man. We were having trouble boxing people out, so we were able to box out by knowing where people were. That and we clamped down on them when we got the lead.”