Published On: Thu, Dec 6th, 2007

Lady Wildcats get off to a slow start

Hartington — The Hartington Lady Wildcats played hard but dropped their first two basketball games of the new season last week.
On Thursday the Lady Cats lost a 10-point decision to Ponca, 63-53, and on Friday the Newcastle Lady Raiders downed Hartington 56-51.
On Thursday against Ponca, the Lady Indians put four players in double figures. Ponca was led by Paige Lux’s 16 points and Hannah Hohenstein’s 14 points.

Hartington was paced by Kylie Bakke’s 14 points.
“Ponca is a very athletic team but I felt the girls played well for their first game,” Coach Carla Schmidt said. “We had some shots that could have fallen but didn’t.”
Paige Lux scored five first-quarter points and Natasha Jensen hit a trey as the the Lady Indians raced to a 21-13 lead.
Kylie Bakke had six points and Nikole Folkers had four points to lead the Lady Cats.
Lux added five more points in the second but four points by Hartington’s Ali Lammers and three more by Bakke minimized the damage and Ponca held a 34-25 lead at the half.
In the third quarter Lori Fischer erupted for six points for the Lady Cats but Ponca got six points from Sarah Crossgrove and four from Hannah Hohenstein and HPS could not gain ground as Ponca’s lead increased to 49-36.
Lori Fischer’s six points and Kylie Bakke’s pair of field goals tried to rally Hartington with a 17-14 run in the final quarter but it was not enough.
Hartington    13    12    11    17—53
Ponca    21    13    15    14—63

Hartington    Ponca
FG    22-45        22-36
3Pt.    0-5         2-7
FT    9-27        13-21

Hartington – Kylie Bakke, 14; Lori Fischer, 13; Nikole Folkers, 9; Ali Lammers 7, Megan Goeden 4, Sheila Wiebelhaus 3, Dana Fuelberth 3,
Ponca- Paige Lux 16, Hannah Hohenstein 14, Natasha Jensen 11, Sarah Crossgrove 10, Haley Keller 4, Crystal Rush 4.

Hartington would fall behind 34-18 against Newcastle in the first half but rallied back in the final half to make a game of it before falling 56-51 to Newcastle.
Newcastle got balanced scoring as they put four players in double figures, led by Julia Mohr’s 12 points. Taylor Pollard and Rachel Hoesing each added 11 points, and Jennifer Tanderup finished the game with 10 points.
Hartington also got balanced scoring as Lori Fischer had nine points and Kylie Bakke and Sheila Wiebelhaus each chipped in eight points apiece.
Kylie Bakke had a trey and scored five first-quarter points but the Lady Raiders answered with a trio of four-point scorers in Jennifer Tanderup, Brittany Peters and Tayor Pollard and Newcastle took the 17-12 lead.
The Wildcats went cold from the field in the second quarter but Newcastle got seven points from Rachel Hoesing and a 17-6 run put the Lady Raiders in command at the half 34-18.
The Lady Cats’ defense responded in the third quarter as they helped Hartington go on a 15-7 run of their own and, led by a pair of field goals each from Ali Lammers and Sheila Wiebelhaus, they cut the lead to 41-33.
Megan Goeden and Dana Fuelberth came off the bench with four points and three points respectively to keep the rally going but Newcastle went 11-14 from the freethrow line down the stretch and escaped with the win.
“I was very proud of the way my team played in the second half. Coming back from 16 down against a solid team like Newcastle was quite an accomplishment,” said Coach Schmidt.
Hartington    12     6    15    18—51
Newcastle    17    17     7    15—56

Newcastle    Hartington
FG    19-31         19 x 39
3PT     0-7           1 x 5
FT    18- 24         10 x 16

Hartington- Kylie Bakke 9, Sheila Wiebelhaus 8, Lori Fischer 8, Dana Fuelberth 7, Ali Lammers 6, Nikole Folkers 6, Megan Goeden 4, Liz Kneifl 1.
Newcastle- Julia Mohr 12, Taylor Pollard 11, Rachel Hoesing 11,Jennifer Tanderup 10, Brittney Peters 6, Lisa Grosvner 4,