Red Cloud, Hot Springs drop Wildcats
Published: Thursday, January 24th, 2013
A barrage of three-pointers from the visitors and cold shooting of their own combined to send the Custer High School girls basketball team to a 71-29 loss to the visiting Red Cloud Crusaders last Saturday night at the Armory.
The Crusaders hit seven three-pointers in the game, with seven different Red Cloud players hitting the shots. The Wildcats continued to struggle from the floor, however, making only eight baskets in the entire game, and scoring 13 of their points from the free throw line.
“That’s usually what Red Cloud does. They like to dribble penetrate. If they don’t get an easy layup, they kick it out and get a three-pointer out of it,”â��Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas said.â��“We prepared for it as best we could. We need to be better and quicker at closing out.”
After falling behind 8-0 to start the game, Custer got things going, but back-to-back three-pointers by Trista Merrival and Terra Garnier put the Wildcats behind 18-6.
After scoring 10 points in the first quarter, Custer couldn’t get shots to fall in the second quarter, eventually falling behind 34-14 after another three-pointer, this time from Ariana Big Crow, and a wing jumper from Savannah Jensen fell for the Crusaders.
Things didn’t get any better in the third quarter, as Red Cloud—who came at Custer in waves, subbing five players at a time throughout the game—continued to make shots and pour it on. By the time Christi Sioux Bob hit her three-pointer, the Crusaders were up 40-16 and the game was well out of reach.
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