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Slow start hampers Swedes at Ogallala

Girls held scoreless in first quarter.

OGALLALA—To say the Gothenburg girls got off to a sluggish start at Ogallala on Feb. 9 would be an understatement.

The Swedes didn’t score a single point in the first quarter and had only five at halftime as the Ogallala Indians took advantage of Gothenburg’s off night to win 43-23.

“We came out flat,” said Swede coach Tim Peterson. “And we shot 23% overall. You’re not going to be very successful shooting 23% and to top that off, we didn’t do much better from the free throw line.”

The game still didn’t turn around for Gothenburg even after the girls got past their scoreless first period.

“We didn’t have too many things go our way offensively,” Peterson said.

The only bright spot, the coach said, was that the Swede defense held the Indians to 43 points.

“It we could have had any kind of run or spurt at all on offense, things may have been different,” Peterson said. “We just couldn’t get anything going.”

Gothenburg trailed 37-13 heading into the final period.

Senior Emily Max led the Swedes with 13 points and six rebounds.

Classmate Kira Peterson pulled down six rebounds as well.

“On that night, Ogallala deserved to win,” the coach said. “They out played us in every facet of the game.”