Third time no charm against Indians
Gothenburg falls in sub-district.
LEXINGTON—Coaches say it’s difficult to beat the same basketball team three times in one season.
Broken Bow proved that theory wrong this year as the Indians downed the Swedes 38-33 during the first round of the C1-11 sub-district at Lexington Monday night.
Broken Bow defeated Gothenburg earlier by similar scores, 37-31 in regular-season play and 38-33 during the Southwest Conference tournament.
Swede coach Tim Peterson said the girls played well in the sub-district game except for a span of 45 to 60 seconds in the fourth quarter.
Gothenburg trailed the Indians 8-4 at the end of the first quarter and was down 17-13 at halftime.
“We finished strong in the second quarter and then came out and played real well in the third quarter,” Peterson said.
The score was tied 25-25 heading into the final period.
With less than two minutes to play, Gothenburg gained a bit of momentum and took a 32-30 lead.
“Then we made a couple of turnovers, lost our composure and the next thing we knew we were down 36-32,” Peterson said.
The Swedes fouled to stop the clock and Peterson said Broken Bow offered a couple of opportunities for Gothenburg to get back in control by missing free throws but the Swedes couldn’t capitalize.
“They made a drive at the end and we couldn’t overcome it,” the coach said.
Freshman Regan Geiken was the scoring leader for Gothenburg with 13 points. She also led the team in rebounds with seven.
The Swedes end the season with a 4-18 record.
Despite the loss, Peterson praised his girls for their team effort in the end.
“Everybody made some kind of contribution to the team,” he said.
The Indians (7-14) advanced to play Hershey (16-6) in the sub-district semi-finals Tuesday evening.
The final game is sceduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Lexington.