A fast start by the Lady Swedes was the winning formula, as Gothenburg defended home court in a 39-27 victory over Lexington on opening night in girl’s hoops action on Thursday.
Using their elite athleticism and experience, the Lady Swedes flexed the net on a 12-5 scoring surge in the opening quarter to lead by seven-points as the buzzer sounded on the first period.
Lexington was able to gain continuity during the second stanza in hopes of keeping pace with the running and gunning Lady Swedes. Gothenburg was able to hold onto the lead and extend their cushion to nine-points, 23-14 at the intermission.
Coming out of the break, the halftime chalk talk and adjustments paid dividends for the Minutemaids. The Lexington offense started to gain even more confidence and their defense was thwarting off Gothenburg’s advances. It was a defensive thriller coming out of the break that finished with Lexington cutting into the deficit by three-points, to trail by the count of 30-24 with just one quarter remaining in regulation.
Over the final minutes of the contest, the Gothenburg offense did their best to work through their sets in hopes of getting high percentage shot attempts while grinding out the clock. The Lady Swedes game plan was successful, as they outscored Lexington 9-3 during the fourth quarter to increase their lead to double-digits. The Cardinal-clad lady cagers were victorious by the count of 39-27 over the Minutemaids.
For the contest, defensive pressure reigned; Gothenburg shot 29 percent for the contest, just ahead of Lexington’s 26 percent shooting. The Lady Swedes had a distinct advantage in the rebounding battle, 38-17.
Senior Regan Geiken led the charge for the Lady Swedes with a double-double effort of game-highs, 18 points and 15 rebounds. Geiken was ‘money in the bank’ from the charity stripe with an 8-for-12 outing.
Taylor Mroczek and MaKaela Franzen both contributed greatly with five points apiece. Mroczek also had seven caroms for Gothenburg.
Lexington was led by the guard tandem of Hannah Ostrom and Aly Leger with nine and eight points scored. From her wing position, Ostrom also ventured into the lane tied for the team-high in rebounds with seven caroms and three steals for Lexington.
In the paint, Mackenzie McKeone also ripped down seven rebounds for the Orange and Black-clad cagers.
Kaelyn Pack and Leesa Gierhan chipped in with five and four points for Lexington.
The Minutemaids return to the hardwood with a showdown at Holdrege on Thursday (today) and then finally have another home contest against York on Saturday.
Gothenburg plays at Southern Valley on Thursday (today) and then returns to the friendly confines of the Swede Dome for a hardwood showdown with Perkins County on Saturday.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Lexington 5 9 10 3 27
Gothenburg 12 11 7 9 39
Lexington: Hannah Ostrom 9, Aly Leger 8, Kaelyn Pack 5, Leesa Gierhan 4, Bethany Dolezal 1.
Gothenburg: Regan Geiken 18, Taylor Mroczek 5, MaKaela Franzen 5, Emily Franzen 4, Aryn Meisinger 3, Kyndal Holmes 2, Megan Allard 2.