Using a fast-break offense propelled the Lady Swedes to turn a close game into a convincing 58-33 victory for the host Gothenburg cagers over Perkins County in a girls hoops contest on Saturday.
Struggling to go on the offensive was credited to the defensive effort of the Plainsmen and the Lady Swedes during the playing of the first quarter. The Gothenburg hoopsters were able to net a 10-7 lead despite battling against a little foul trouble.
Turning up the pressure with a defensive adjustment, the Lady Swedes outscored Perkins County 15-4 during the second quarter. The shots that weren’t falling during the first quarter started finding the bottom of the net to give the Gothenburg faithful a 25-11 lead entering the halftime intermission.
Coming out of the break, the Gothenburg fast-break and half-court offense continued to prosper. The Lady Swedes were able to ‘run and gun’ their way to a 21-point quarter that extended the Cardinal-clad cagers lead to 20-points, 46-26 with just one quarter of regulation remaining in the contest.
Valuing every possession on offense and working for the high-percentage shot attempt worked great for the Lady Swedes during the final eight minutes of the contest, as Perkins County started firing away from beyond the arc in hopes of closing the gap. It was the quality offensive possessions and clutch rebounding on the defensive end that resulted in Gothenburg outscoring the Plainsmen 12-7 during the period to cruise to a 58-33 victory.
The Lady Swedes shot 37 percent from the field and limited Perkins County to just 21 percent shooting. Gothenburg dominated on the boards with a decisive rebounding edge of 47-13.
Senior Regan Geiken paced the Lady Swedes with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Gothenburg point guard Aryn Meisinger piloted the offense to great gumption while contributing 10 points and six rebounds.
Taylor Mroczek chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Lady Swedes.
Producing in the paint, Emily Franzen had eight points and four rebounds for Gothenburg.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Perkins County 7 4 15 7 33
Gothenburg 10 15 21 12 58
Gothenburg: Regan Geiken 22, Aryn Meisinger 10, Taylor Mroczek 9, Emily Franzen 8, Mady Vogel 3, MaKaela Franzen 2, Kim Whiting 2, Kyndal Holmes 2.