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NCMS Lady Thunder Basketball Team Takes On the Axtell Eagles

By: Taryn Bergman & Katelynn Scott

January 22, 2018

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    The Nemaha Central Middle School basketball girls started their week by facing off with the Axtell Eagles on Monday, January 8. The girls were ready and excited to play their last home game of the season. The B-team girls started the game nicely, the Thunder offense and defense were very strong. The Eagles drove to the basket multiple times, but they were not scoring. By the end of the first quarter, the score was 6-3, with the Thunder leading.

     When the girls came back out for the second quarter they continued to play hard. Thunder’s defense remained strong, but the Eagles scored 6 points that quarter. Although Axtell scored some points, so did NC. They more than doubled their points, and when halftime came around the score was 13-9, with the Thunder team still in the lead.

    When the second half started, things only escalated. Both defenses were more intense and kept scoring to a minimum. With each team scoring only 4 points in the third quarter, the score was now 19-13. The fourth quarter was a great one for the Thunder. They were able to score 10 points while holding the Eagles to only 3 points. The game ended with the final score 27-16 in favor of the Lady Thunder.

      Gracyn Lierz said, “Going in, we knew that Axtell wasn’t going to be the best team we’ve played. We went in and gave it our all and ended up beating them by quite a bit. We worked together and communicated and that made a huge difference.”

      Coming off of the B-team’s success, the A-team was ready to play. They started the game off with great offense and defense and it lasted throughout the whole half. The Axtell girls fought hard in the first quarter, but the Thunder defense stayed strong. When the first quarter was over the score was 8-4, with the Thunder leading. That was just the beginning of a very entertaining game.

     In the second quarter the Thunder girls played just as hard as in the first, and kept up both their offense and defense momentum. NC doubled their score, gaining another 8 points before heading into halftime, while Axtell scored 2. The halftime score was 16-6.

      The last two quarters of the game, the Thunder slowed down a bit, but not enough to let the Eagles catch up. The NC girls continued to work hard and run their plays, finishing off the quarter with an additional 6 points. The Axtell girls also worked hard in the third quarter, adding 4 points to their score. Entering the fourth quarter, the score was 22-10.

      The final quarter of the game the Thunder kept up their tough defense, and their offense remained strong too. The girls worked hard throughout the fourth quarter to keep their lead and scored 5 points. As for the Axtell girls, they remained steady by scoring 4 points in the fourth. At the end of the night, the final score was 27-14. Once again, the Thunder girls earned a victory. It was a successful night for both A and B-team girls.

      “It was a very aggressive game, but I think we played very well. It was a good last home game of the season,” said Mia Schmitz.

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