|Girls lose to #1 Burlington in 2-point heartbreaker|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
Even though the Lady Dragons didn’t come home with a win Friday night, they can be proud of their fight against the 2A number one ranked Burlington Cougars. Holyoke lost the Feb. 4 heartbreaker game with a close 42-44 score.
Coach Arlan Scholl said he was so proud of how the players competed with the number one Cougars.
“They executed our game plan perfectly,” he said. “It was tough not to get the win, but we continue to improve each game.”
Saturday, Feb. 5 was a rough night for the Lady Dragons who suffered a 45-69 loss to the Wray Eagles.
Scholl noted two varsity players were not able to compete at full level because of injury and sickness. “The rest of the team stepped up and competed hard,” he said, “but it just wasn’t enough against a tough Wray team.”
Holyoke is now at two wins and one loss in district standings with two more games to play. “We will continue to fight for a high seed in the district bracket,” added Scholl.
Heather Duester puts up a shot against Wray Saturday, Feb. 5.
Holyoke 42, Burlington 44
The Lady Dragons certainly played at the same level of their top-ranked opponent in Burlington Friday.
HHS led by one point at the end of both the first and second quarters, with Mallory Bennett nailing four two-pointers and Laura Gerk two three-point shots in the first half.
The Cougars pulled ahead by one point going into the final quarter, finally gaining the two-point advantage for the 44-42 win over the Dragons.
Bennett was top scorer for Holyoke with 12 points, and Marci Vasa had 10.
Both teams looked good at the free throw line with Burlington going 10 for 11 and Holyoke nine for 11. Bennett, Erin Vieselmeyer and Kaylee Groshans all landed two for two while Vasa had three for four.
Bennett brought down eight rebounds and had five blocks against Burlington. Heather Duester grabbed one steal while Vasa had six assists for the Dragons.
Holyoke 45, Wray 69
Dragon fans probably noticed the HHS girls didn’t look quite like themselves Saturday night in Wray, letting the Eagles grab a big 24-point win over Holyoke.
The Dragons were outscored in all four quarters as Wray continued to build up a big lead throughout the game.
Duester found the basket in the first quarter, scoring all 10 of Holyoke’s points. KrisAnna Ham and Gerk were also on target, each sinking three three-point shots in Saturday’s game.
In team stats, Duester led Dragon scoring with her six two-pointers for 12 points.
From the line, Vasa and Patricia Adams both landed two for two.
Vasa was the top rebounder with seven in addition to her three assists Saturday. Duester came away with four steals, and Vieselmeyer had one block.
The game against Benkelman, Neb. scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 8 was cancelled due to weather conditions.
Two away games are set for Thursday, Feb. 10 in Haxtun at 4 p.m. and next Thursday, Feb. 17 in Akron at 4:30 p.m.