Lady Jays drop loss to Nemaha Central

Surrounded by Nemaha Central defenders, freshman Melinna Schumann takes this jump shot during the girls’ varsity game on Tuesday, January 6.

Sabetha’s Lady Jays have been on a four-game winning streak after defeating Paola in the third place game of the Burlington Tournament.

Sophomore Maggi Hughes drives toward the basketbal during the varsity girls’ basketball game on Tuesday, February 6.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, they hosted the 14-2 Nemaha Central Thunder who were riding the momentum of a three-game winning streak of their own after dropping their second loss of the season to K.C. Piper in their mid-season tournament. It was a slugfest with just 3 or 4 points separating the two teams through the first three quarters, but the Thunder pulled ahead late and snatched the win down the stretch 50-34.

Jessica Payne posted the first points of the night in the opening minutes of the contest to give the Jays the early lead. But N.C. would regain the lead and outscore their hosts 12-8 in the first frame. Melinna Schumann had 4 points in the quarter, and Hannah Wertenberger added a bucket, but Sabetha trailed by four at the end of the first.

Sophomore Hannah Wertenberger goes in for a layup during the varsity girls’ basketball game on Tuesday, February 6.

Sabetha started with a zone defense in the second quarter, which helped cut off the lane and threw off N.C.’s offensive rhythm. Wertenberger had a pair of buckets in the first two minutes of the period with the Bluejays working from the outside-in and exploiting the Thunder’s man defense.

Prior to the opening minute, Schumann gave her team their first lead mid-quarter, 14-12, when she slashed into the lane for the deuce. But N.C. would finish the quarter on a 10-3 run to regain the lead and held it at the intermission, 22-19.

The Thunder extended their lead by scoring the first points of the second half, but Payne would answer for the Lady Jays on the other end. N.C. would hit a pair of triples in the middle of the third quarter to help stretch a 7 point advantage.

Hillary Krebs had a bucket and was 2-2 from the free throw line to help keep the score close. Maggi Hughes swished a triple with two minutes to play in the quarter to pull her team within a point, 32-31. With one quarter to play the Thunder led 34-31.

Krebs splashed a trey early in the final quarter to pull her team within two points, 36-34, of N.C. But the Thunder’s man defense and their clock killing stall offense kept the ball out of the hands of their hosts and the Lady Jays struggled to even attempt a shot. Sabetha would be outscored 14-0 down the stretch and suffer the loss to Nemaha Central by a score of 50-34.

The Lady Jays fall to 7-5 in the Big Seven and 9-7 overall with the loss and will look to build another streak heading into the final stretch of the regular season. The Thunder improves to 12-1 in the League and maintains their top spot in the standings.

Sabetha hosted the 10-2 Jeff West Lady Tigers on Tuesday, Feb. 13. These results were not available at The Herald’s press time.

Sophomore Morgan Schuette shoots for three during the varsity girls’ basketball game on Tuesday, February 6.

2.6.2018 vs. Nemaha Central ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Skylar McAfee

4

1-10

0-0

2-6

7

1

0

3

5

Hillary Krebs

7

1-2

1-5

2-2

3

1

0

1

0

Maggi Hughes

3

0-2

1-4

0-0

0

0

0

0

3

Hannah Wertenberger

6

3-6

0-0

0-0

7

0

0

1

3

Kinley Schuette

0

0-0

0-1

0-0

2

1

0

4

1

Morgan Schuette

0

0-2

0-3

0-0

2

0

0

1

0

Jessica Payne

4

2-3

0-0

0-0

1

0

1

0

3

Payton Michael

2

1-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

Melinna Schumann

8

3-8

0-4

2-4

5

1

1

1

0

Sabetha Totals

11-34 | 2-17 | 6-12 | 27 | 4 | 2 | 11 | 15 | 34

Opponent Totals

14-32 | 6-14 | 4-14 | 22 | 0 | 0 | 8 | 11 | 50

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