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Cougars Win One, Lose One on the Road


By Clare Wiltse

Cougar basketball. All Photo Credit/Rhonda Hansen, LDNE

Cougar basketball. All Photo Credit/Rhonda Hansen, LDNE

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The Cougar boys ended conference competition this week with two road games.  They took on (16-7) Wisner-Pilger and (1-20) Logan View.  They will finish the season this Friday at (5-15) Emerson-Hubbard.

 

The Wisner-Pilger game proved to be one of the low points of the season as the Cougars only led once.  Chevy Henneman got the Cougars off to a 3-0 lead before the Gator zone defense shut down the Cougars while the W-P shooters made 55% of their shots on the way to a 61-37 win.

 

“We’ve struggled against zone all season,” said Coach Lahm.  We don’t have enough height to pose an inside threat, so we turn into a bunch of jump shooters and we were not on tonight.”

 

Northeast trailed  by 5 at the end of one quarter.  They were down by 11 at the half.  After intermission they stumbled even further back as they made only 3 of 13 shots.  The Gators had build a twenty point lead, 47-27 going into the final eight minutes.

 

Northeast made 15 of 46 shots (33%) for the game.  The converted only 3of 22 three point tries.  They were also hampered by 13 turnovers.

 

Chevy Henneman topped the Cougars with 12 points.  Dakota Riecken scored 6 of his 10 points in the fourth quarter.

 

The Cougars finished the week off with an impressive 58-40 win over Logan View.

 

Lyons-Decatur put on a clinic in the first period against the Raiders.  They made all nine of their shots while limiting Logan View to just five shots and no rebounds.  Northeast led 18-3 after one period.

 

“Logan View played a match-up zone,” said Coach Lahm.  We passed the ball really well and found the seams for a lot of easy shots.   What can I say about our defense?  They have hustled like that all year long.”

 

Dakota Riecken had six of his game-high 14 points in the first quarter as he worked the paint. Alex Brehmer and Marcus Hegy also had a couple of scores.

 

Bobby Simpson matched Riecken for scoring honors.  He scored 7 points to pace the team in the second quarter.  The Cougars went to the lockers with a 31-15 lead.

 

Northeast started the second half off by scoring the first 7 points.   Riecken and Brehmer slashed through the lane while Henneman struck from behind the arc.  The Raiders cut a 21 points deficit down to 15 by sinking 6 free throws at quarters end.

 

The Raiders would close the lead to 47-34 as they opened the fourth quarter with two more from the charity line. Bobby Simpson put the brakes on to their rally by scoring five of the next six Cougar points.  With two of four free shots by Riecken Northeast has built a 54-36 lead.  David Bishop  would add a goal and Alec Brehmer finished the scoring with two free throws.

 

The win brings the Cougar’s record to 11-9.  The finished the season with a 6-8 record against East Husker Conference opponents.

LDNE              7          12        8          10        -37

Wi-Pi               12        18        17        14        -61

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Chevy H           3          2          0/0       2          4          12

Alex B              2          0          0/0       3          0          4

Bobby S           3          1          0/0       2          1          9

Taylor F           0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Dakota R         3          0          4/5       6          0          10

Marcus H        0          0          0/0       2          0          0

David B            1          0          0/0       3          3          2

Montana R       0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Dylan H            0          0          0/0       0          0          0

TEAM             12        3          4/5       20        8          37

Wi-Pi               26        2          3/5       27        8          61

 

LDNE              18        13        16        11        -58

L V                  3         12        17        8          -40

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Chevy H           2          1          1/2       1          3          8

Alex B              3          0          3/4       7          2          9

Bobby S           4          1          3/5       1          2          14

Taylor F           0          0          0/0       1          1          0

Dakota R         6          0          2/4       4          2          14

Marcus H         3          0          2/2       3          2          8

David B            2          0          1/2       2          1          5

Montana R       0          0          0/0       0          0          0

Dylan H            0          0          0/0       1          1          0

TEAM             20        2          12/19   20        17        58

L V                  12        1          13/20   14        13        40

 

 

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About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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