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Girls suffer close loss to Christian

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Nykyla Malinosky takes the ball down low during a game earlier this season. Malinosky had a solid weekend for the Wildcats, tying for the team lead in points in the team’s close loss to Rapid City Christian.

 

By Jason Ferguson
The Custer High School girls basketball team came oh so close close to picking up its second win of the season last Friday night in Rapid City, falling to the Rapid City Christian Comets 39-35.
The Wildcats led after both the first quarter and halftime, but were undone by a poor third quarter in which the team scored only three points, compared to 14 for the Comets.
“We didn’t come out ready to play (in the third quarter). It’s as simple as that,”â��Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas said.
The Wildcats had to play catch-up after the third quarter, and continued to stay within two to six points, but could never take the lead. The team missed a few free throws toward the end  of the game, but Ornelas said that wasn’t the deciding factor.
The team did a solid job on Christian’s twin towers, Marissa and Makayla Heard. Marissa scored 10 points—eight of which came from the free throw line—while Makayla scored seven. Ornelas said the team fronted the two, limiting their touches.
“That took them out of the game a little bit,”â��she said.â��“There aren’t many teams that are good at lobbing balls in, so we took our chances.”
Ornelas praised her team’s defensive intensity in the first half, when they pressed and harassed Christian’s guards into turnovers.
“We played in-your-face defense. We created some good steals and turnovers,”â��she said.â��“But, in the fourth quarter we let up that intensity on defense. We need it for 32 minutes, not 16.”
Sam McNeel and Nykyla Malinosky led a balanced Custer scoring attack with eight points each.
Last Thursday night the team lost to the visiting Douglas Patriots 57-29.
Custer hung tough in the first quarter, trailing only 10-6 with 40 seconds left in the frame after Darian Turner scored a basket inside, followed by a McNeel basket.
In the second quarter, Custer continued to trail by only single digits after Catlyn Cordell found Turner under the basket for two more points, which was followed by a Moe Mack three-pointer, making the score 20-11 in favor of Douglas.
Custer looked to be taking command of the quarter late after Mack stole the ball and laid it in for two points, followed by a McNeel steal and basket on which she was fouled. However, the Wildcats’ next four possessions all ended in turnovers, and Douglas took a 17 point lead into the half. It was as close as the Wildcats would get for the rest of the night.
“Same thing (as against Christian),”â��Ornelas said of the team’s late second quarter and third quarter problems. “The coaching staff discussed it. As we go into the first three minutes of the third quarter, we have to concentrate on stopping the ball. We will have a different temp the rest of the game if we go in with that mind set.”
McNeel was again the team’s leading scorer in the loss, with seven points.
The girls head south tomorrow for a 6 p.m. game against Hot Springs before returning home next Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game against Rapid City Christian.
Custer 9 10 3 13 —35
RCC 8 7 14 10 —39
Custer—Cat Cordell 1 0-0 2, Sam McNeel 2 3-4 8, Jade Spring 0 2-2 2, Moe Mack 1 0-0 2, Channell Alcott 2 1-2 5, Darian Turner 0 2-5 2, Nykyla Malinosky 2 4-6 8, Jasmine Cisneros 2 0-0 6. Totals: 10 12-18 35.
Rapid City Christian—Marissa Heard 1 8-8 10, Makayla Heard 3 1-3 7, Jaya Evans 3 3-4 9, Erin Broberg 0 1-4 1, Rachel Batie 0 0-2 0, McKenzie Hanson 1 2-2 4, Kassidy Batie 2 2-4 6. Totals: 10 16-26 39.
Three-point goals:�Custer 3 (Cisneros 2, McNeel 1). Total fouls: Custer 20, RCC�20. Fouled out: Hanson.
Custer 6 10 4 9 —29
Douglas 15 18 16 8 —57
Custer—Sam McNeel 3 1-1 7, Jade Spring 0 3-4 3, Moe Mack 3 0-5 7, Channell Alcott 1 0-1 2, Darian Turner 2 1-2 5, Nykyla Malinosky 2 0-1 4, Jasmine Cisneros 0 1-2 1. Totals: 11 6-16 29.
Douglas—Brittani Clark 6 3-3 16, Brook Clark 3 2-6 8, Shyla Pyzer 2 0-0 4, Kylee Pourier 1 4-4 6, Alyssa Dikoff 3 0-2 6, Maggie Wince 3 0-0 7, Kaylah Doud 3 0-0 6. Totals: 23 9-15 57.
Three-point goals:�Custer 1 (Mack), Douglas 2 (Wince, Bri. Clark 1). Total fouls: Custer 11, Douglas 19. Fouled out: none.

The Custer High School girls basketball team came oh so close close to picking up its second win of the season last Friday night in Rapid City, falling to the Rapid City Christian Comets 39-35.

The Wildcats led after both the first quarter and halftime, but were undone by a poor third quarter in which the team scored only three points, compared to 14 for the Comets.

“We didn’t come out ready to play (in the third quarter). It’s as simple as that,”â��Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas said.

The Wildcats had to play catch-up after the third quarter, and continued to stay within two to six points, but could never take the lead. The team missed a few free throws toward the end  of the game, but Ornelas said that wasn’t the deciding factor.

The team did a solid job on Christian’s twin towers, Marissa and Makayla Heard. Marissa scored 10 points—eight of which came from the free throw line—while Makayla scored seven. Ornelas said the team fronted the two, limiting their touches.

“That took them out of the game a little bit,”â��she said.â��“There aren’t many teams that are good at lobbing balls in, so we took our chances.”

Ornelas praised her team’s defensive intensity in the first half, when they pressed and harassed Christian’s guards into turnovers.

“We played in-your-face defense. We created some good steals and turnovers,”â��she said.â��“But, in the fourth quarter we let up that intensity on defense. We need it for 32 minutes, not 16.”

Sam McNeel and Nykyla Malinosky led a balanced Custer scoring attack with eight points each.

Last Thursday night the team lost to the visiting Douglas Patriots 57-29.

Custer hung tough in the first quarter, trailing only 10-6 with 40 seconds left in the frame after Darian Turner scored a basket inside, followed by a McNeel basket.

In the second quarter, Custer continued to trail by only single digits after Catlyn Cordell found Turner under the basket for two more points, which was followed by a Moe Mack three-pointer, making the score 20-11 in favor of Douglas.

Custer looked to be taking command of the quarter late after Mack stole the ball and laid it in for two points, followed by a McNeel steal and basket on which she was fouled. However, the Wildcats’ next four possessions all ended in turnovers, and Douglas took a 17 point lead into the half. It was as close as the Wildcats would get for the rest of the night.

“Same thing (as against Christian),”â��Ornelas said of the team’s late second quarter and third quarter problems. “The coaching staff discussed it. As we go into the first three minutes of the third quarter, we have to concentrate on stopping the ball. We will have a different temp the rest of the game if we go in with that mind set.”

McNeel was again the team’s leading scorer in the loss, with seven points.

The girls head south tomorrow for a 6 p.m. game against Hot Springs before returning home next Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game against Rapid City Christian.

Custer 9 10 3 13 —35

RCC 8 7 14 10 —39

Custer—Cat Cordell 1 0-0 2, Sam McNeel 2 3-4 8, Jade Spring 0 2-2 2, Moe Mack 1 0-0 2, Channell Alcott 2 1-2 5, Darian Turner 0 2-5 2, Nykyla Malinosky 2 4-6 8, Jasmine Cisneros 2 0-0 6. Totals: 10 12-18 35.

Rapid City Christian—Marissa Heard 1 8-8 10, Makayla Heard 3 1-3 7, Jaya Evans 3 3-4 9, Erin Broberg 0 1-4 1, Rachel Batie 0 0-2 0, McKenzie Hanson 1 2-2 4, Kassidy Batie 2 2-4 6. Totals: 10 16-26 39.

Three-point goals:�Custer 3 (Cisneros 2, McNeel 1). Total fouls: Custer 20, RCC�20. Fouled out: Hanson.

Custer 6 10 4 9 —29

Douglas 15 18 16 8 —57

Custer—Sam McNeel 3 1-1 7, Jade Spring 0 3-4 3, Moe Mack 3 0-5 7, Channell Alcott 1 0-1 2, Darian Turner 2 1-2 5, Nykyla Malinosky 2 0-1 4, Jasmine Cisneros 0 1-2 1. Totals: 11 6-16 29.

Douglas—Brittani Clark 6 3-3 16, Brook Clark 3 2-6 8, Shyla Pyzer 2 0-0 4, Kylee Pourier 1 4-4 6, Alyssa Dikoff 3 0-2 6, Maggie Wince 3 0-0 7, Kaylah Doud 3 0-0 6. Totals: 23 9-15 57.

Three-point goals:�Custer 1 (Mack), Douglas 2 (Wince, Bri. Clark 1). Total fouls: Custer 11, Douglas 19. Fouled out: none.

 



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