Scoring surges was the name of the game, as the host Cozad hoopsters engaged in a battle with the Whippets of Minden in a doubleheader at the Barn on Friday night.
The Lady Haymakers valiant comeback in the fourth quarter fell short against Minden, as the Lady Whippets earned a 54-42 win over the Cozad girls.
“We got off to a good start battling Minden shot for shot throughout the first half. Unfortunately, we went cold during the third quarter,” explained Cozad Girls head coach Brent Frauen.
For much of the first quarter of play, the Lady Haymakers kept within striking distance of Minden. The Whippets were able to cash in on some scoring opportunities late in the frame to earn a six-point lead, 17-11 when the horn sounded on the first quarter.
As a result of the added confidence in going toe-to-toe with the Whippets for the first quarter, it did wonders to the energy that powered the Lady Haymakers during the second quarter to flex the net on a 15-point surge to not only outscore Minden, but dent the deficit to the tune of 28-26 entering the intermission.
With the game in the balances and the pendulum of momentum swinging freely, Minden was able to stay the course and the Lady Haymakers shooting touch that heated up during the second quarter, now was simmering. The Whippets were able to inch away on the scoreboard to lead by ten-points, 42-32 with just one quarter remaining in regulation play.
The Lady Haymakers were able to recover from the cold streak of the third quarter to tickle the twine for 10 points in the fourth quarter, but it was Minden that was able to grind out time on the clock and work their offense to take high-percentage shot attempts that held off the late charges by Cozad. Minden was able to withstand the comeback attempts to net a 54-42 win over Cozad.
The Whippets shot 40 percent from the field, while the costly third quarter also affected the Lady Haymakers to shoot 28 percent from the field.
Cozad held a slight edge on the boards 30-28 over Minden.
Leading the way for the Lady Haymakers was forward Kennedy Berreckman with 11 points and seven assists.
Cashing in from the wing for the Red and Black were Brenna Dugan and Sadie Rush with nine and eight points, respectively. Dugan also ripped down eight assists for Cozad.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Minden 17 11 14 12 54
Cozad 11 15 6 10 42
Cozad: Kennedy Berreckman 11, Brenna Dugan 9, Sadie Rush 8, Megan Burkholder 6, Hanna Wright 4, Sydney Lindstedt 4.
In the nightcap of the Southwest Conference (SWC) showdown, the Hay makers were able to score early and often to cruise past Minden 58-39 in boys hoops action.
Both Cozad and the Whippets flexed the net for 13 points apiece at the end of the first quarter. Staying on the offensive and mixing in suffocating full court defense, the Haymakers rallied to take a 32-19 lead entering the halftime break.
Using their defense to create offense was very evident during the third period as a result of great defensive effort. The Haymakers were able to work their offensive system for 16 points in the frame to take an even bigger lead, 48-23 with just one quarrter remaining in regulation.
Playing with a sense of urgency during the fourth quarter, the Whippets were able to rally for 16 points in the fourth quarter to the Haymakers 10 points. The Cozad cagers were able to do their best to weather the storm and hold off any and all late charges to earn the victory, 58-39 over Minden.
For the contest, the Haymakers shot 43 percent from the field while holding Minden to 27 percent shooting.
Starting guards Trestian Siemmering and Dillon Geiser led Cozad with 18 and 15 points, respectively.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Minden 13 6 4 16 39
Cozad 13 19 16 10 58
Cozad: Trestian Siemering 18, Dillon Geiser 15, Kadyn Marhenke 7, Nate Neil 6, Kyle German 6, Adam Cole 3, Ian Branham 2, Luke Schroeder 1.