Published On: Fri, Feb 17th, 2012

Laurel ends Cedar season

LCC escapes with Subdistrict win against Cedar

WAUSA — The third and final act in the saga between Laurel-Concord/Coleridge and Hartington Cedar Catholic was just as riveting as the first two installments. Even though it was Valentine’s Day, there was little love between the Lady Bears and the Lady Trojans as LCC held on to win 45-44.

As with the other games of the season series between these two teams, neither could get a definitive upper hand and maintain a lead. LCC scored first, but Cedar came right back to score. At the end of the first quarter, Cedar had a slight edge at 15-14, but everyone in the crowd knew that both teams were just warming up.

Cedar’s full court press confused the Lady Bears at times, but LCC decided to run a press in the second quarter that worked to their advantage. LCC began finding holes in the Cedar press as the game progressed and took a 22-20 lead into the halftime break.

After a breather in the locker rooms, Cedar and LCC came back out to give the packed house another thrilling finish. In the third quarter, Cedar showed the Lady Bears that being down at the half didn’t faze them. Cedar pushed back into the lead and maintained it until the frame expired.

In the fourth quarter, LCC’s offense found its way back to the hardcourt. LCC averaged the same amount of points in the first and fourth quarters separately as they scored in the second and third quarters combined.

In the waning seconds of the game, LCC had the lead and looked to put the game away. With the score 43-41 in favor of the Lady Bears and 22.1 seconds remaining to play, Jade Cunningham nailed a pair of free throws to give LCC the four-point advantage.

Cedar took possession and tried to work the ball inside for a quick two points. LCC tried to keep from fouling, but as Siera Becker brought the ball near the baseline, Cunningham failed to get her feet set and was called for a blocking foul.

Becker made the first free throw but missed the second attempt. Cedar rebounded, came back around the free throw line and got a quick bucket to take the score to 45-44 with less than five seconds left to play. Time was quickly evaporating as LCC inbounded the ball and the Lady Bears only had to hold on a few seconds as time expired.

Although the LCC bench knew they had won the game, there was confusion along the Cedar bench and throughout the crowd. The scoreboard read 45-45 and the officials had to have a short conference before correcting the error.

With Tuesday’s win, LCC swept their three meetings with Cedar. However, the point difference in those three games was a total of seven points and included on overtime finish at the Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout in Wayne over the Christmas Break.

For the Lady Trojans, Katelyn Dickes was the top scorer for both her team and the game with 19. Lexi Steffen and Becker combined for another 15 points. The trio cleaned up off the glass as well, hauling in 22 of Cedar’s 28 rebounds. Becker pulled down 10 rebounds, while Dickes and Steffen tallied six apiece.

LCC relied heavily on Cunningham for their offense as she notched another 17 points into her career total. Katie Gubbels, Kiley Thompson, Cameron Eddie, and Mandy Nelson scored eight, seven, six, and five, respectively, through the game. Rebounding was a balanced effort as Thompson and Cunningham each brought down five and Nelson tacked on an additional four.

Free throws were the key to LCC’s win. Cedar had 13 attempts from the charity stripe, but only converted seven times. The Lady Bears had a few more chances than Cedar, but was able to capitalize hitting 12 of 17.

With the loss, the Cedar Catholic Lady Trojans’ basketball season came to a close. However, the 2012-13 campaign looks promising as all five of Cedar’s starters were listed as juniors.

LCC will play again on Thursday, Feb. 16 in the Subdistrict Final. The Lady Bears will face the Crofton Lady Warriors in Wausa with a 7 p.m. tipoff.

The game should be very exciting as LCC got an early season win against the Lady Warriors. Crofton has only lost three other games: first to top-rated Class C1 Boone Central, second to Class C2 and #2 rated Lutheran High NE, and most recently to Class C1 and #3 rated Norfolk Catholic. Crofton is rated #8 in Class C2 in the latest Lincoln Journal Star poll.

LCC            14   8     7   16 – 45

Cedar            15   5   11   13 – 44

LCC                        Cedar

FG            15/40                        16/44

3PT            3/10                        5/18

FT            12/17                        7/13

REB            21                        28

AST            13                        8

STL            13                        4

BLK            0                        1

TO            21                        24

SCORING

LCC – Jade Cunningham, 17; Katie Gubbels, 8; Kiley Thompson, 7; Cameron Eddie, 6; Mandy Nelson, 5; Dani Huss, 2. Cedar – Katelyn Dickes, 19; Lexi Steffen, 8; Siera Becker, 7; Emily Schrempp, 5; Karlyssa Noecker, 4; Joslyn Wiebelhaus, 1.

RECOUNDING

LCC – Jade Cunningham, 5; Kiley Thompson, 5; Mandy Nelson, 4; Katie Gubbels, 3; Audrey Kastrup, 2; Cameron Eddie, 1; Dani Huss, 1. Cedar – Siera Becker, 10; Katelyn Dickes, 6; Lexi Steffen, 6; Emily Schrempp, 2; Liz Steffen, 2; Karlyssa Noecker, 1; Joslyn Wiebelhaus, 1.

ASSISTS

LCC – Audrey Kastrup, 5; Kiley Thompson, 3; Katie Gubbels, 2; Mandy Nelson, 2; Cameron Eddie, 1. Cedar – Emily Schrempp, 3; Katelyn Dickes, 2; Siera Becker, 1; Karly Noecker, 1; Lexi Steffen, 1.

STEALS

LCC – Kiley Thompson, 5; Katie Gubbels, 3; Cameron Eddie, 2; Audrey Kastrup, 2; Mandy Nelson, 1. Cedar – Lexi Steffen, 2; Siera Becker, 1; Katelyn Dickes, 1.

BLOCKS

Cedar – Katelyn Dickes, 1.

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