Lady Cougars Close Out Regular Season Victorious

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Lady Cougars closed the regular season with two wins.  Victories over Wisner-Pilger and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder provided the power points to move LDNE up to the number one seed in the D-2-3 sub-district.  They will play (7-13) Bancroft-Rosalie in the first round.

With the 50-48 victory over (13-9) Wisner-Pilger and 48-29 conquest of (4-18) LV/SS the girls raised their record to 13-7.  The finished with a 6-6 record against  EHC opponents.  Their two losses in the EHC tournament were countered with regular game wins over Tekamah-Herman and Wisner-Pilger.

After a slow start doomed them in the EHC tournament against W-P, the Northeast girls played steady first quarter and took a lead into the second quarter.  They led 12-7 after Brandi Simonsen scored.  The quarter closed at 13-9.

Lexie Bacon scored the first points of the second period, but Wisner-Pilger went on a 6-0 run to tie the score at 15.  After Brianne Haskell scored five points, the Lady Gator used a pair of threes to move to a 23-20 lead. A basket by Abby Peterson and two free throws by Lexie made it  24-23.  The Lady Gators got a score at the buzzer to take a 25-24 lead.

It took two minutes for the Cougars to get a score in the second half.  W-P scored twice before Brianne Haskell converted  two free shots.  Tessie Collins tied the game at 29 with a bomb from the point. Abby Peterson matched a score by Wisner before they ran off four with two stick backs.  Northeast continued to battle as the got a pair of free throws from Haskell.  Wakeley followed with a trey.  Mariah Jessen sank her first  trifecta shot of the season.  Wisner-Pilger lead 41-39.

Haskell made her sixth straight free throw at the started the fourth quarter to tie the score.  A three pointer by Lexie Bacon put LDNE on top, 44-42,  with 4:43 to play.  After one make and one miss by Haskell at the charity strip Northeast was up 45-42.  The Gators came back to take a two point lead on a pair of free throws by Heller and a trey by Knust.

Northeast patiently worked the ball around until Bacon found an opening a made her second trey of the quarter and boosted the Cougars back to a 48-47 lead with 2:40 to play.

The next two minutes saw each team fail on two offensive possessions.  Heller would tie the score with a free throw at :35 second mark.  The Cougars settled for a final shot. With  the Gators closing guarding the “shooters” Abby Peterson got the ball at the left baseline and sank a  ten  footer at the buzzer for a 50-48 win.

Lexie Bacon paced the team with  17 points.  She had three treys to bring her total to 40 for the season.  Brianne Haskell added   12 points

Wis-Pil 9 16 16 7 -48
LDNE 13 11 15 11 -50

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP

Simonsen 1 0 0 2 0 2
Wakeley 1 1 0 5 3 5
Haskell 1 1 7/8 2 2 12
Collins 0 1 0 2 0 3
Bacon 2 3 4/5 2 2 17
L Henneman 0 0 0 1 0 0
Jessen 0 1 0/1 5 4 3
Peterson 4 0 0/1 6 1 8
LDNE 9/18 7/18 11/15 25 12 50
Wisner-Pilger 13/41 3/10 13/17 28 13 48

Northeast closed out the season with a ragged 48-29 win over Logan View/Scribner-Snyder.

“We just could not hit our shots tonight.” said Coach Haskell.  The team hit a season low 29% from the field.  They  had combined 18  of 51 two point shots and 0 for 11 from behind the arc.  Free throws did not fall either as the team made just 12 of 23 from the charity stripe.  For the season the team has been shooting 40% from the field and  64% from the line. Northeast opened he game with 2 for 12 shooting he first period and 3 for six from the line.  Peterson and Wakeley scored goals as LDNE led 7-3.

The second period went better with 14 points on 5 for 12 shooting., but they made only 4 of 8 from the line.  Wakeley and Bacon were saddled with three fouls and spent time on  the bench.  Mariah Jessen scored  seven points.  Northeast led 31-14.

The Cougars got six points from Wakeley and five from ;Haskell as they moved to a 36-17 lead in the third quarter.

Both  teams score 14 points in the fourth quarter.  Lexie Bacon scored twice before fouling out.  Wakeley had a pair of scores .

Mariah Jessen was the team leader  with a game-high 12 points and 16  rebounds plus she had 4 blocked shots.  Kelley Wakeley had 11 points.

LDNE 7 14 15 12 -48
LV/SS 3 11 3 12 -29

\ 2pt 3pot FT Rb F TP
Simonsen 0 0 0 0 2 0
Wakeley 5 0 1/1 6 3 11
Haskell 2 9 3/6 4 2 7
Collins 1 0 0 6 0 2
Bacon 3 0 1/2 3 5 7
L. Henneman 0 0 0 1 0 0
Jessen 3 0 6/8 16 4 12
Peterson 4 0 1/3 9 4 9
LDNE 18/51 0/11 12/23 46 20 48
LV/SS 9/32 0/5 11/17 25 17 29

Cougars Down Logan View in Overtime, End Losing Streak

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Northeast boys ended a five game losing streak with a 42-37 overtime win over Logan View in an EHC consolation bracket game.  They have a 7-10 record while Logan View falls to 3-16.


“It wasn’t pretty, but still was a win,” joked the coaches after the game.  Turnovers and missed free throws marred the offensive efforts by the team.  The defense adapted after the first period and held the Raiders to twenty-four points the rest of the game.


Dylan Hardeman got the Cougars off to a fast start with a trey and deuce as they moved to a 5-2 lead.  The Raiders’ zone trap defense limited Northeast to just one point while they rolled up eleven for a 13-6 first quarter lead. Eight turnovers limed the Northeast team to just four shots during the period.


“Their height advantage made it tough to run our offense,”  said Coach Lahm.  “Our guards are short and they could not see over the Logan View defenders.  We could not get the ball into the posts.”


The Cougars cut the deficit to just one point during the second quarter.  They got the ball into Alec Anderson, who made five of six free shots and added a goal, and Cole Christoffersen .  The Maroon turned the ball over just once.  The defense turned up the heat and LV made only two of eight shots.  A Raider basket at the buzzer gave them a three pint, 20-17 half time lead.


Logan View got the first four points of the second half.  Northeast turned to its backcourt to close in on the Raiders.  Chevy Henneman started the rally with a three pointer.  Dylan Hardeman  connected on a two pointer and followed with a shot from behind the arc.   Henneman second three of the period gave Northeast the lead with 3:50 left in the period.  The Raiders used a 6-2 run for 32-30 advantage at the quarter.


Alec Anderson tied the score in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter.  Logan View responded with three pointer.  Cole Christoffersen made it a one point game.  Northeast went back on top with an Anderson bucket with 4:40 to play.


The Cougars had chance to put the game away, but suffered six turnovers during the period.  Their free throw shooting was also suspect during crunch time.  Henneman  missed the front end of one-and-one and Christoffersen failed on a three-point play while going 0-4 during the period. Alec Anderson missed the first of two with 2:22 to play.  He made the second for a 37-35 lead.


“We have tried all sorts of  pressure free throw tactics in  practice,” stated Coach Lahm.  “They just are not converting over well to game time situations.  Luckily it did not hurt us tonight.”


The Cougar defense did rise to the occasion.  They kept the Raiders from scoring as they missed nine straight shots.  Logan View tried to pound the ball inside, but Christoffersen stood tall and denied them a good shot in the paint as he blocked a shot and got four defensive rebounds during the period.


Logan View managed to tie the score with 25 seconds left when Jacob Polk made a short jumper to send the game to overtime.


The overtime saw Northeast out score Logan View 5-0.  All the points came from the free throw line.  Montana Riecken gave the Cougars a 39-37 lead with two free shots.  Andersonadded one and Cole Christoffersen closed the scoring with a pair of makes.


The defense kept up their play as the Raiders went 0-6 from the field.  For the game Logan View made thirteen of forty-four shots.


Alec Anderson Led the Cougars with 14 points.  Dylan Hardeman  had 10n points before fouling out.  Cole Christoffersen had eight points and twelve rebounds and drew praise from the coach for stepping up his play.


The Cougars have home games against Wisner-Pilger and Logan View this week.


Logan View      13        7          12        5          0          -37

LDNE              6          11        13        7          5          -42


2p        3pt       FT        Rb        F          Tp

Henneman        0          2          0/1       1          2          6

Riecken            1          0          2/2       1          0          4

O’Connor         0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Christiansen      0          0          0/0       1          1          0

Hardeman        2          2          0/0       4          5          10

Anderson         3          0          8/12     7          4          14

Miller               0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Christoffersen   3          0          2/8       12        1          8

Totals               9-21     4-8       12-25   28        13        42

Logan View      9-28     4-13     7-9       22        19        37

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