Lady Cougars Start New Year With Three Wins


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Lady Cougars started the New Year with three wins.  They defeated (0-13) Wakefield 70-30 on Tuesday.  Over the week end they took on some top tier teams and claimed two more victories.  Friday they knocked off (8-4) Tekamah-Herman and on Saturday (9-2) Mead fell to the Lyons-Decatur girls.

Lexie Bacon put in ten of her 19 game-high points in the first period as the Cougars jumped to a 12-7 lead over Wakefield.  She hit two of her successful three pointers in the quarter.

After playing on equal terms with the Lady Trojans during the second quarter the Northeast girls put the game away in the third period. The Lady Cougars turned up the heat on their full court press that produced 33 turnovers during the game.  Lexie
Bacon led the tem with 5 steals.

LDNE had a 24 to 8 scoring advantage in the third stanza.  Kelly Wakeley had two trifecta and a deuce to lead the way.  Tessie Collins and Lexie Bacon also nailed one from behind the arc.  LDNE stretched 14 point lead at the half to a 55-25 margin after three quarters.

The bench scored eight of the team’s fourth quarter points.  Brandi Simonsen led the way with 5 points as everyone on the team scored during the game.  LDNE stretched their lead to final score of 70-30.

Wakefield 7 10 8 5 -30
LDNE 12 9 24 15 -70

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
S. Henneman 0 0 1/2 0 1 1
Simonsen 1 0 5/6 2 3 7
Wakeley 4 2 0 4 1 14
Haskell 6 0 1/3 7 1 13
Collins 1 1 0 4 0 5
Bacon 4 3 2/2 9 2 19
L. Henneman 0 0 1/2 3 0 1
Jessen 3 0 1/5 5 2 7
Petersen 0 0 3/4 8 2 3
LDNE 19 6 14/26 40 12 70
Wakefield 13 1 1/5 30 20 30

Tekamah-Herman came to Lyons  on a three game win streak.  They had won six of their last seven games.  Lyons-Decatur turned them back by a score of 56-52.

The Cougars opened the game with a 12-11 lead at the end of one period.  By half time they had a 27-19 advantage.  Lexie Bacon connected on three treys asnd Mariah jessen had seven points in the paint.

The Lady Tigers started the second  half with an 8-1 run as the lead evaporated to a single digit.  Lexie Bacon gave the team some breathing room with two free shots.  After’ baskets by Wakeley and Peterson the lead was back up to five.  Treys by Wakeley and Bacon moved the lead to six as Northeast had a 42-36 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Cougars kept their six point margin through the fourth period.  A pair of charity shots by Lexie made it 49-42 with 2:26 to play.  The Tigers made a couple of three point heaves, but Brianne Haskell made a bucket and 5 of 6 from the line to insure the 56-54 win.

Brian Haskell and Lexie Bacon were the scoring leaders for LDNE.  Haskell had 18 points and Bacon scored 17 while leading rebounders with 9.

T-H 11 8 17 16 -52
LDNE 12 15 15 14 -56

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
Wakeley 3 1 0 4 3 9
Haskell 4 0 10/18 1 2 18
Collins 0 0 0 1 0 0
Bacon 0 4 5/6 9 2 17
Jessen 3 0 1/3 7 4 7
Peterson 2 0 1/3 3 4 5
LDNE 12/29 5/10 17/26 26 15 56
T-H 10 7 11/18 – 17 52

Mead was rated by the Omaha World -Herald in D-2 when Northeast came to town.  They came off their first loss to C-2  Yutan on Friday night and lost to the Cougars 51-40.

Northeast took an 8-6 lead in the first quarter.  They led by nine at the half, 25-16.  In the second half Northeast outscored the Lady Raiders 26 to 24.

It was not a good night for the two leading scorers for the  Lady Cougars.  Lexie and Brianne totaled just five points, twenty points below their combine average.    Kelly Wakeley, Mariah Jessen, and Tessie Collins stepped up their game to have a double figure scoring night.  Wakeley scored 12, Collins 11, and Jessen 10 points.

LDNE 8 17 7 19 -51
Mead 6 10 7 17 -40

2pt 3pt  FT Rb TP
Simonsen 1 0 1/2 1 3
Wakeley 3 2 0/2 2 12
Haskell 1 0 2/2 3 4
Collins 1 3 0 1 11
Bacon 0 0 1/2 2 1
L. Henneman 1 0 2/2 1 4
Jessen 3 0 4/4 6 10
Peterson 3 0 0 5 6
LDNE 13/31 5/15 10/14 21 51

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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