Lady Longhorns fall to Dundy County-Stratton in title game


December 7, 2017

Drew Biesecker for the Western Nebraska Observer

Carli Wurdeman dives for the ball during the two-day Kimball tournament last weekend.

The Dundy County-Stratton LadyTigers held off Kimball in the championship game of the Kimball 4-Team Tournament over the weekend to take top honors and Potter-Dix won over Morrill for consolation and 3rd place honors.

In the opening game of girl's play, Dundy Co-Stratton won over Morrill 66-38 while Kimball won out over Potter Dix 66-47 in the other first round pairing.

It was a case of Kimball having more depth than the Lady Coyotes who have only 8 players on their roster, led by 3 very talented seniors. The game stayed close the first 3 periods with Kimball holding a mere 42-40 lead at the end of 3 periods of play before out- scoring the Lady Coyotes 24-7 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Senior Audrey Juelfs led all scorers with her game high 21 points. The talented young lady drove hard to the basket and hit from long and mid-range as well. She also pulled her share of rebounds and made some steals. Senior guard Payge Hoffman hit double figures with 12 and hit a trey. Trinity Langley, 6'0" senior center, had 9 points, Brooke Moench chipped in with 4, and freshman Kelsey Hoffman had 1.

Kimball had 4 players in double figures with Kate Reader and Hannah Biesecker both with 14 points and Alex Reader with 13. Alex hit 3 treys on the night while Carli Wurdeman had 2 in route to scoring her 12 points. Justine Heeg had a trey and 7 points, Sydney Biesecker had 4 and Samantha Bemis 2. The Lady Horns had 7 three pointers in the game and were 9 of 17 at the foul line with 22 fouls. Potter-Dix was 14 of 31 at the line with 16 fouls.

Kimball 17 19 6 24-66

P-D 11 14 15 7-47

In the consolation finals, Potter-Dix won out over Morrill 42-42 with Juelfs once again high with 24 points going 10 of 11 at the foul line and hitting a pair of 3 point field goals. Payge Hoffman had 12 points with a trey, and Langley finished with 10 and 1 trey. Kelsey Hoffman, a freshman, was in the starting lineup and ended with 5 points. Moench scored 3. Morrill was led by freshman, Jaden Kanno, with 14 and freshman, Llycia Guerue, with 9.

Morrill 16 10 6 10-42

P-Dix 12 17 11 14-54

Kimball had a pair of disappointing losses in the championship game, losing on the scoreboard to Dundy County-Stratton 47-30, and also losing their top player Kate Reader, by injury late in the third period. The talented All Conference junior went down hard with an apparent knee injury that left her shouting in pain with 1:12 to play 3rd period. She was helped from the court and taken for x-rays, and did not return.

The Lady Tigers had 8 players score and had 3 in double figures led by Grace Frederick with 13, Allie Behlke 11, and Adalene Krutsinger with 10. Krutsinger scored a tournament high 31 points in the win over Morrill.

Kate Reader was high for Kimball with 16, including 1 trey, despite the game-ending injury in the 3rd period. Hannah Biesecker had 5, Madison Wynne 2, Jenna Greenwood 2, Carli Wurdeman 2, Alex Reader 2, and Sam Bemis 1. At the time of this writing, the results of an MRI taken in Ft Collins was still unknown. Senior Kaylyn Nelson also suffered a head injury from a hard fall in the title game and could be out this weekend with a possible concussion.

D. Co-Str. 14 14 10 9 -47

Kimball 9 7 10 4-30


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