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Lady Dragons secure another Phillips Co. victory over Haxtun PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jes-C Brandt   
    Holyoke Lady Dragons pulled ahead early for a powerful win in their varsity game against Haxtun Friday, Jan. 16. The Bulldogs fought back in the final quarter, but their efforts weren’t enough to steal the game.
    Coach Scholl was pleased with the team’s win against their cross-county rival, as well as their steady improvement throughout the season.
    “We have been working on some specific skills this past week in our practices, and I saw some of these starting to improve,” said Scholl. He also noted the game was more consistent than they have been in the past.
    That consistency was seen in each of the first three quarters, when the Dragons held their opponents to the single digits.
    The team’s high scorers started fast, all sinking baskets in the first quarter. Maddie Starkebaum had 16 total for the game, scoring baskets in every quarter.
    Phawn Carper was 100 percent behind the line and 80 percent for field goals, bringing her total to 10 points.
    Scoring an additional 10 points for the Dragons was Katie Hoffner, and Marissa Smith added nine to the scoreboard for the home team. Hoffner and Smith were Holyoke’s three-point shooters for the night, each scoring two of the team’s four.
    Haxtun’s shooters proved to be no match for the Dragons at this ball game. The Bulldogs’ 39 attempted field goals trailed Holyoke’s by only 10, but the Dragons triumphed with accuracy. Only three Haxtun players successfully made baskets. High scorer was Macey Pierce, with 13 points.
    The home team’s discipline was especially noticeable in their rebounds. Starkebaum, once again led the team with an astounding nine rebounds.
    Carper pulled down six, Smith had five and Nora Ann Roth contributed four. Nearly every player got under the basket for a rebound during the game, adding up to 35 for the Dragons over the Bulldogs’ 27.
    Free throws showed improved accuracy for both teams since their last Phillips County competition in Haxtun. The Lady Dragons hit eight of their 15 shots for 53 percent, with the Bulldogs making three of seven baskets for 43 percent.
    Coach Scholl indicated the upcoming Sedgwick County game should be quite competitive, but hopes to see another victory for the Holyoke Lady Dragons.
Holyoke 50, Haxtun 30
        2    3    FT    F    TP
Smith    1    2    1-2    2    9
Pelle    0    0    0-0    2    0
Fricke    0    0    0-0    1    0
Hoffner    2    2    0-0    0    10
Beavers    0    0    0-0    1    0
Starkebaum    6    0    4-9    1    16
Varela    0    0    1-2    0    1
Carper    4    0    2-2    2    10
Schafer    0    0    0-0    1    0
Roth    2    0    0-0    0    4
TEAM    15    4    8-15    10    50
TEAM    6    5    3-7    11    30
Scoring By Quarters
Holyoke    14    10    19    7    --50
Haxtun    3    6    5    16    --30