|Lady Dragons drop state opener to Sedgwick County|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
It wasn’t how the Lady Dragons would liked to have opened their appearance at the 2A state girls’ basketball tournament last week.
But nonetheless, the final score of the Thursday morning ball game showed an 11-point win for the Sedgwick County Cougars, 48-37.
It was a solid 18-point fourth quarter that even put Holyoke in the game, as the Lady Dragons scored only 19 in the first three quarters combined.
With the Cougars putting up 11 points before Holyoke even got on the scoreboard, it was an uphill battle.
Erin Vieselmeyer scored a free throw and Laura Gerk a three-pointer for HHS’s portion of the 18-4 first quarter.
Mallory Bennett, pictured at far right and Erin Vieselmeyer (44) grab
The Cougars widened the lead by halftime, outscoring the green and gold 12-5 in the second period for a 30-9 halftime advantage.
Better balance was seen in the third quarter when Holyoke put up 10 points to Sedgwick County’s 11. Off the Dragon bench, freshman Maddie King hit a two-point shot and sophomore Chandler Gerk scored a trey.
Five Dragons got on the scoreboard in the final quarter when the girls outscored the Cougars 18-7. During that period, Laura Gerk managed eight points, Kaylee Groshans four and two each by Heather Duester, Marci Vasa and Vieselmeyer.
Laura Gerk led the team scoring with 14 for the game. That included two two-pointers, two three-pointers and four for six from the line. Vasa was two for two at the charity stripe in the Sedgwick County game.
From the line, the Lady Dragons were eight for 14 for 57 percent and the Cougars were six for 10 for 60 percent.
Bennett led in rebounds with four, and Vieselmeyer had two steals in the ball game.