’Cats nipped by Rangers in opener
Published: Thursday, December 19th, 2013
It was only one game, but it’s plain to see this isn’t the same Custer High School girls basketball team as last year.
The Wildcats opened their season last Thursday night in Hill City. And, although the game was a 41-35 loss, the improvement of the team was evident, and head coach Stephanie Ornelas is excited about the progress the team has made.
“I’m very excited about where Iâï¿½ï¿½think our season is heading,” she said.âï¿½ï¿½“Our starting five did great. They controlled the temp of the game both offensively and defensively.”
The Wildcats stormed out of the gates in the game, taking an 11-5 lead in the first quarter, thanks largely in part to the scoring of Jade Spring, who scored seven of her game-high 17 points in the opening stanza.
The Rangers answered with a strong second quarter, outscoring Custer 15-6 and taking a 20-17 lead into the half.
After reclaiming the lead in the third quarter, the Wildcats were outscored 16-8 in the fourth quarter, as the Rangers began to take advantage of the absence of Custer’s Taren Jones, who had fouled out and was Custer’s main interior defender. The Rangers pounded the ball inside to Dory Schrier, who scored eight points in the fourth quarter and 15 points in the game.
“They isolated the post and made us do a one-on-one with (Schrier),”âï¿½ï¿½Ornelas said. “Nykyla (Malinosky) was working hard to contain her, and did a good job. (Schrier) hit a couple tought shots.”
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