Rangers edge ’Cats again
Published: Thursday, January 16th, 2014
For the second time in the early season, the Custer High School girls basketball team fell to the Hill City Rangers, this time by the score of 48-38 last Thursday evening at the Armory.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the game and held a lead throughout most of the first quarter. After a pair of free throws by Jade Spring put Custer up 10-9, the Wildcats looked like they might start to get some cushion, scoring the first four points of the second quarter.
Hill City made a 15-2 run from that point, however, taking the lead in the second quarter at 17-16 on a pair of free throws and extending it to 24-16, thanks to a three-pointer followed by a layup by Brianna Clemetson.
While Hill City was finding its rhythm on offense Custer was doing the opposite, reverting to committing turnovers and missing shots.
“The tempo changed, and we didn’t transition as well back on defense as we should have,”âï¿½ï¿½head coach Steph Ornelas said. “We were disorganized on both the offensive and defensive ends. It was disappointing.”
Eighth grader Tori Glazier got Custer back within five early in the third quarter with a basket, but the Ranger lead was extended by a pair of Dory Schrier baskets in the paint. After Glazier cut the Ranger lead to 36-32, Hill City again answered, with Jenny Qualm scoring a basket off an inbounds play and Allison Henderson and Michal Wiederhold both scoring inside. Aâï¿½ï¿½Spring three-pointer cut the lead to 44-38 with around two minutes left in the game, but much like the entire second half, Custer couldn’t get closer than four and six points before time ran out.
“It’s just one of those things. You starting chipping away at it, get close, and they get a couple of breaks and score,”âï¿½ï¿½Ornelas said.âï¿½ï¿½“Then you have to start all over.”
Glazier was the team’s leading scorer, with 18 points. She was the only Wildcat in double figures in the game.
Last Friday night the girls traveled to Pine Ridge, and after a slow start to the game aquitted themselves well in a 58-25 loss to the second ranked Thorpes.
“The girls really went out and played fearless defense,”âï¿½ï¿½Ornelas said.âï¿½ï¿½“They were in their face, working hard the entire game.”
Spring, Nykyla Malinosky and Taren Jones led a balanced scoring effort against the Thorpes, scoring five points each.
“I was pleased we worked really hard on defense as a team,”âï¿½ï¿½Ornelas said.âï¿½ï¿½“Iâï¿½ï¿½just wish we would have done the same things Thursday night.”
Things don’t get any easier for the team this week, as they host the undefeated and No. 1 ranked in Class A St. Thomas More Cavaliers Thurday night at the Armory. That game begins at 7:30 p.m. Next Tuesday the team will head south for a 6 p.m. game with the Hot Springs Bison.
Ornelas said the team might make a few adjustments before the More game to make sure they transition on defense faster against the Cavaliers, who Ornelas said are “very precise on both ends of the floor.”
Ornelas said the Hot Springs game is a winnable one for the team.
“If everything connects, we should come home with a victory,” she said. “All five girls have to be on the same page and working hard.”
Custer 10 9 13 6 —38
HC 9 17 10 12 —48
Custer—Bille Wicks 1 0-0 2, Jade Spring 2 2-2 7, Nykyla Malinosky 1 0-0 2, Taren Jones 0 5-6 5, Jordan Menken 1 2-2 4, Tori Glazier 6 5-9 18. Totals: 10 14-19 38.
Hill City—Brianna Clemetson 4 3-4 12, Michal Wiederhold 1 0-1 2, Allie Henderson 3 3-4 9, Mikahla Ferguson 3 0-6 6, Jenni Qualm 2 0-0 4, Dory Schrier 3 0-0 6, McKenzie Becker 3 2-5 9. Totals: 19 8-20 48.
Three-point goals: Custer 1 (Glazier). HCâï¿½ï¿½2 (Clemetson, Becker). Total fouls:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 18, HCâï¿½ï¿½18. Fouled out: Schrier.
Custer 1 8 3 13 —25
PR 16 16 9 17 —58
Custer—Bille Wicks 0 1-2 1, Jade Springs 1 3-6 5, Nykyla Malinosky 1 3-4 5, Tarenâï¿½ï¿½Jones 2 1-2 5, Morgan Parys 1 2-2 4, Jasmine Cisneros 0 1-4 1, Tori Glazier 1 2-2 4. Totals: 6 11-20 25.
Pine Ridge—Shaylene Richard 6 0-0 12, Santana White Dress 3 0-1 6, Lynette Bettelyoun 7 2-2 16, JoBeth Morrisette 3 0-0 6, Tashiana Hernandez 0 2-2 2, Savanna Steele 4 1-2 9, Mariah Bravo 0 0-1 0, Shyann Grey Grass 3 1-1 7. Totals: 26 6-11 58.
Three-point goals: none. Total fouls:âï¿½ï¿½Custer 11, PR 24. Fouled out: Steele.
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