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NCMS Lady Thunder Play Exciting Games Against Frankfort

By: Lilly Schultejans

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    On Thursday, December 7, the Nemaha Central Middle School girls basketball teams kicked off their second game of the season. The Lady Thunder had gotten rid of all of their nerves from the first game and were ready for this one. They were playing the Frankfort Wildcats. Frankfort had won the Oregon Trail basketball tournament last year and the Lady Thunder were wanting revenge.

    To start off the night, the B-team girls were in action. The B-team had just come off a loss to Troy and were ready for a victory. The Thunder started off with a bang scoring 8 points in the first quarter and holding Frankfort scoreless. Frankfort wasn’t going to go down without a fight. In the second quarter, the Thunder only scored 2 points, while Frankfort scored 7. The Thunder were up by a few points at halftime. The Thunder coaches talked about making better passes and defending inbounds plays. The Thunder girls came out of the locker room hoping to increase their lead. During the third quarter, the Lady Thunder team added a basket to their score, but Frankfort managed to score 4. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 12 to 11, with the Thunder team up by 1 point. In the final quarter, the Thunder team knew that they needed to score. Unfortunately, the Thunder girls were only able to score 4 points and Frankfort managed to tie it up and then take the lead. The Wildcats went on to get the victory in a close game 20-16.

    “We played really well and had a great experience,” said Ellie Mady.

    Both schools had decided to play a C-team, six-minute quarter. The C-team had difficulty keeping Frankfort from scoring for most of the quarter. Finally, in about the last minute a nice 2 pointer was shot to get the Thunder team on the board. The final score of the C-team quarter was 2 to 12.

    Trista Peterson said, ”Keirsten Huerter passed the ball to me to shoot because I was playing a guard.”

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    The last game of the night for the Lady Thunder was about to start. Anticipation was everywhere as no one knew what to expect after the loss last game to Troy. The Thunder were ready for this game. After the first quarter, the game was tied at 6. Then the Thunder girls tripled their score making it 18 to 12 by the end of the second quarter. At halftime, the Thunder coaches were very pleased with the performance of the girls. During the third quarter, the Thunder maintained their lead and scored 8 points while holding Frankfort to 6. The fourth quarter was a little shaky for the Thunder girls as Frankfort picked up their defense and held the Thunder team from scoring. The Wildcats were able to make the game interesting by scoring 8 points of their own to tie up the game. At the end of regulation time, the game was tied at 28.

    During overtime, the stands were roaring with cheers for the Thunder team. With about 20 seconds left in overtime, the Thunder team was up by 1 point. The Lady Thunder needed to score to keep the lead. The Thunder team had possession of the ball and were looking to score when Lacie Young was fouled giving her the chance to shoot free throws. She missed the first one but made the second one. The crowd went crazy. As the Thunder girls held Frankfort and got the 30 to 28 win.

    “The game came down to the last second and we worked hard the entire game and it paid off,” said Taryn Ganstrom.

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