|Lady Dragons beat Caliche, fall to Akron last weekend|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
Dragon fans were treated to two great games of basketball last weekend as the HHS girls’ basketball team took on Akron Friday night, Jan. 28 and Caliche Saturday, Jan. 29.
The Lady Dragons put up a good fight against the Rams Friday, but suffered a 40-51 loss. They came back on Saturday to land a 45-41 win over the Buffaloes.
“The girls continue to play very hard, and there is good effort on the court,” said coach Arlan Scholl.
He noted back-to-back games give the team a little problem. “I see our energy and strength level drop a little on that second game,” he said. “We strive to be in great condition, but playing a second game in less than 24 hours can present some problems.”
The Dragons are looking forward to competing with two top-level teams next weekend.
Scholl said, “This next weekend will be tough, traveling to Burlington to face the second-ranked team in the state and then traveling to Wray on Saturday to face the always tough Wray Eagles.”
Mallory Bennett shoots the ball against Akron Friday, Jan. 28. She
Holyoke 40, Akron 51
“After a very slow start offensively, I felt that we played a very competitive basketball game against fourth-ranked Akron,” said Scholl.
A scoreless first quarter for the Dragons put them behind 14 points at the start of Friday’s game. A strong 15-point score in the second period and another 18 points in the third put Holyoke back in the game.
The Dragons came back to tie up the score in the second half, but they couldn’t keep up the pace in the fourth quarter, falling behind and giving the Rams the 11-point win.
Scholl noted turnovers were still the thing that caused the team problems.
Senior Mallory Bennett was on fire Friday night, leading the team with 22 of Holyoke’s 40 points. She nailed nine two-point shots and went four for six from the line.
Erin Vieselmeyer led Holyoke in rebounds with 10. Marci Vasa had two steals and two assists while Maddie King landed one block.
HHS Dragon Patricia Adams looks to pass during Holyoke’s 45-41
Holyoke 45, Caliche 41
Even though Holyoke came out strong, leading 14-6 at the end of the first quarter in Saturday’s competition against Caliche, scores were tight during the rest of the game.
The Buffaloes outscored the home team in the second and third quarters, making the score a close 30-32 giving the Buffaloes a small lead heading into the final period.
Holyoke’s 15 points in the fourth quarter were enough to secure them the 45-41 win.
Racking up points on the scoreboard Saturday night was junior Laura Gerk. She made 22 points including six three-pointers, one two-point shot and two for three in free throws.
Bennett brought down nine rebounds and Vasa had six assists for her team.
Heather Duester and Bennett both grabbed two steals while KrisAnna Ham and Vieselmeyer each had a block against Caliche.
Lady Dragons will travel to Burlington Friday, Feb. 4 for 4 p.m. games. The next day they head south again for 2 p.m. games in Wray.
The following week, two more away games are in Benkelman, Neb. Tuesday, Feb. 8 and in Haxtun Thursday, Feb. 10, both scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.