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Swede girls drop pair in rough road weekend

Gothenburg moves to 3-16 on the season.

Gothenburg basketball coach Tim Peterson knew hitting the road for games against the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the Southwest Conference over the weekend would be a big challenge for his Swedes.

“Those are tough trips back to back,” he said.

After playing Minden in the SWC semi-finals a week ago, Peterson knew exactly what to expect from the No. 3 state-ranked Whippets.

“It was a carbon copy of the last game with them,” he said of the 72-28 loss on Saturday. “They are a smart, quick ball team and they shot very well. Hitting 11-of-21 from three-point range is nothing shy of amazing.”

So Saturday’s loss to Minden wasn’t the same kind of bummer as falling to Valentine 51-42 on Friday night.

“Overall it was a pretty good ball game,” Peterson said. “We struggled with consistency breaking their press in the third quarter. Other than that, we played well.”

The Swedes trailed 22-14 after the first quarter but got on a roll in the second period to head into halftime down just 29-27.

“We were more patient than we have been in the past and we got some good shots,” Peterson said. “I think we shot 50% in the first half.”

The Badgers came out in the third quarter with a new twist on their press that flustered the Swedes.

“They went from a run and jump aggressive press in the first half to an even-front 2-2-1 in the third quarter that wasn’t quite as aggressive,” Peterson said. “When we read the open areas, it seemed like we scored easily. When we didn’t find the open areas, we couldn’t score at all.”

Valentine pushed ahead in the third quarter out-scoring Gothenburg 14-4.

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