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NCMS Basketball Girls Battle with Troy on First Game of the Season

By: Isaac Lueger

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    On Thursday, November 30, the Nemaha Central Middle School girls got pumped up and ready to battle it out against Troy.  The girl's basketball team consists of fourteen 7th graders and ten 8th graders.  The team has two managers, Amber Blume and Nicole Hammes and are coached by Coach Laura Sudbeck and Coach Heather Sullivan.  The girls were anxious to play as they got ready for the tip-off.  

    This was the Thunder girls team’s first game, so they were ready to get the show on the road. The girls B-team played first and were ready to get their first game on the way.  Troy had an amazing first quarter scoring 9 points and stopping the Thunder on defense only letting them score 2.  There were a couple turnovers and a girl on Troy was on fire.  In the second quarter, the Thunder team started to make their comeback.  The girls made 6 points and completely shut down the Troy offense, not even letting them score a point!  The game was close at halftime with Troy leading by only one point. The score was 8-9.

    At the start of the third quarter, the girls were ready to play and knew what to expect.  The Thunder girls were playing great offense, but they couldn't stop Troy either.  The girls battled it out for six minutes with Troy until the quarter was over.  Both teams scored the same amount of points.  It was still a one-point ball game as the girls went into the fourth quarter.  In the fourth quarter, the girls looked tired and did not score a point while the Troy girls started to roll again and scored nine on the Thunder team.  Then the quarter was over and the B-team fell to Troy with a final score of 15 to 24

    After the fourth quarter of the B-team game, there was another quarter for the C-team.  The girls battled with Troy and the game was tight for a little while, then Troy started rolling.  Troy scored twelve points against our Thunder defense and Troy only let the Thunder girls score 5 points.  The girls fought hard, but in the end, they fell to Troy.

    “The game was pretty hard, but we tried our best,” said Katelyn Ohlsen.

    As time rolled by it was soon the A-team’s turn to challenge Troy at their first basketball game.  The Thunder girls looked ready to play as they walked onto the court for tip-off.  The girls looked great as they got rolling in the first quarter.  The Thunder girls were rolling on offense scoring eight points and holding Troy to five points.  In the second quarter, Troy looked a little more awake scoring six points and outscoring the Thunder by one point.  As halftime came around the game was close with Thunder leading 13 to 10.

    When the Thunder girls came out of the locker room they were ready to keep battling with Troy.  The Thunder girls looked good for awhile, but then Troy kept making baskets and stopping the Thunder team on offense.  Soon the third quarter was over and Troy had scored ten while the Thunder team managed to only score six points.  Troy took the lead with a score of 20-19.

    As the fourth quarter rolled around the girls were looking rattled as they were losing by only one point.  Now the game was, even more, nerve-racking than before.  It was close throughout the whole quarter and then NC found themselves down by two points with a minute to go. The Thunder team had the ball and they passed it to Jillian Stueve who took a three-point shot. The crowd went wild after the ball went through the net and put the Thunder team up by a point. On Troy’s next possession they came down and were fouled by the Thunder.  The Troy girl missed her first free throw and then made her next one and the game was tied.  The Thunder team got the ball back and tried to get the lead but missed the shot. With eight seconds left, Troy got the rebound and dribbled down the floor and passed the ball to the corner. They took the shot and swished it to win the game 29-27.

    The Thunder team fell to Troy on their first game, but now they know what to expect.  They played and fought hard, but in the end, it was not enough for the more experienced team.  The Thunder came up a little short in their first game, but they are ready now for the next team they will face.  The Thunder team will work hard and practice and will be ready for whatever comes their way.

    Jillian Stueve said, “We played pretty well, considering that it was our first game and Troy’s fifth game.”

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