Lady Haymakers and Swedes Finish Second & Third In SWC Tournament

The action was very heated between familiar foes as the Lady Haymakers and Lady Swedes competed in the final four of the Southwest Conference (SWC) shootout on Friday and Saturday in Kearney. 
The Cozad cagers finished as the tournament runner-up and the Gothenburg hoopsters finished strong to the tune of a third place finish. 
Showcasing strong defense  was the name of the game for the Lady Haymakers as they used the opportunities to score a 39-23 win over Ogallala in the semifinal round of the SWC Tournament on Friday. 
In the early going, the Ogallala defense was able to trump the efforts of the Lady Haymakers. The Lady Indians were able to score an 8-5 lead before the horn sounded on the first quarter of play. 
It seemed as if the sounding of the horn woke up the sleeping giant, as the Lady Haymakers turned the tides by outscoring Ogallala 16-5 during the second quarter to enter the halftime break with a eight-point lead, 21-13. 
With the added influence on the defensive ends, the Ogallala and Cozad hoopsters tightened up the reins to limit the offensive scoring during the third quarter of play. In a showdown that resembled a slugfest, with neither side backing down, the Lady Haymakers and Lady Indians stalemated during the frame with both teams netting eight points, to make the score 29-21 with just one quarter remaining in regulation. 
Just as they had in the second quarter, the Lady Haymakers took the bull by the horns and finished strong during the fourth quarter of play. The Cozad hoopsters took advantage of the opportunities and flourished on the defensive end by limiting Ogallala to just two points while countering with their own offensive surge that tickled the twine with 10 points to give the Lady Haymakers a 39-23 victory over Ogallala. 
Cozad collectively shot 34 percent from the field and held Ogallala to just 24 percent shooting for the contest. The Lady Haymakers dominated on the boards with a 33-18 edge over the Lady Indians. 
Leading the way for the Red and Black was Kennedy Berreckman with 12 points and six rebounds. 
Cozad Senior Sarah Yocom had a stellar game despite the defensive attention by netting 11 points, seven rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists. 
Ogallala  8   5  8   2 -23
Cozad     5 16  8 10 -39
Cozad: Kennedy Berreckman 12, Sarah Yocom 11, Hanna Wright 8, Abby Cornelius 3, Alyssa Schneider 3, Ellie Stallbaumer 2. 
In Gothenburg’s semifinal contest, they stepped up to the plate and battled top seed Minden. The Lady Swedes led early but it was the pressure defense and timely scoring that resulted in the Whippets earning the 55-21 win over the upset minded Gothenburg hoopsters on Friday. 
The Lady Swedes snared an early 6-0 lead but it was the Minden shooters that responded to score a 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter of play. 
Continuing to work their offensive system with success during the second stanza, the Lady Swedes netted six points in an attempt to keep pace with the hot shooting Minden cagers that flexed the net for 13 points in the period to hold a 26-14 lead at halftime. 
Coming out of the break, the Lady Swedes displayed consistency by netting six points to trail by the count of 37-20 with just one quarter remaining in regulation play. 
During the fourth quarter, the Lady Whippets were able to secure their win by outscoring Gothenburg. The Lady Swedes  were defeated by Minden, 55-21. 
Leading the way for the Lady Swedes was Gracie Stienike with 14 points, five rebounds and three steals. 
Gothenburg  8   6  6    1  -21
Minden       13 13 11  18 -55
Gothenburg: Gracie Stienike 14, Jaci Teahon 2, McKenna Peterson 2, Kasey Wellmann 2, Arleigh Costello 1. 
As a result of their semifinal defeat, the Lady Swedes would face off with Ogallala in the consolation finals of the SWC Tournament on Saturday.
The Lady Swedes fast start and strong finish was the winning formula for Gothenburg in a 45-42 slugfest victory over Ogallala for third place honors.
Gothenburg got out of the gates with gumption to lead by the count of 12-8 by the time the first quarter ended. 
It was during the second period that the Lady Indians of Ogallala returned the favor with their own offensive surge to cut the deficit to just a Gothenburg one-point lead, 21-20 at the halftime break.  
Cashing in on their opportunities during the third quarter, the Lady Swedes were able to inch away on the scoreboard to lead by two-points, 32-30 with just one quarter left in regulation. 
Gothenburg was able to score from the charity stripe down the stretch to net a 45-42 win over Ogallala to finish in third place. 
The Lady Swedes were led in scoring by the inside-outside combination of Gracie Stienike with 15 points and McKenna Peterson netting 12 points. 
Ogallala        8 12  10  12 -42
Gothenburg 12  9  11  13 -45
Gothenburg: Gracie Stienike 15, McKenna Peterson 12, Trystan Baker 7, Jaci Teahon 5, Arleigh Costello 4, Natalie Kennicutt 2. 
With their semifinal win, the Lady Haymakers would face top seed, Minden in the SWC Finals on Saturday.  
Cozad fell behind early and wasn’t able to recover. The Lady Whippets were able to build an early lead and score a 65-32 win over the Lady Haymakers. 
At the end of the first quarter, the Cozad cagers trailed 17-7 and then 32-15 entering the halftime break in the action. 
The intermission didn’t simmer the hot shooting Whippets that pushed further ahead during the third quarter, with a 17-7 scoring surge that moved the Whippets lead to 49-22 and finally at 65-32 when the final horn sounded.
Cozad was led by the efforts of Sarah Yocom with 12 points, 10 rebonds and four assists. 
Brenna Dugan and Kennedy Berreckman dropped in six and five points, respectively. 
Cozad     7  8   7  10 -32
Minden 17 15 17  16 -65
Cozad: Sarah Yocom 12, Brenna Dugan 6, Kennedy Berreckman 5, Ellie Stallbaumer 4, Abby Thramer 3, Abby Cornelius 2. 



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