Swede girls end regular season on a high note
AINSWORTH—Swede basketball coach Tim Peterson has been telling his players all season to be patient.
Finally, their patience paid off Friday night with a 71-51 victory over Ainsworth in the girls’ last regular-season game.
“It was by far our best overall game of the year,” Peterson said. “We played a full four quarters, 32 minutes of ball with no let-downs.”
Gothenburg jumped out to a 12-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and continued to roll through the second period to take a 31-16 advantage into halftime.
During the break, Peterson wanted to keep his Swedes moving in the right direction.
“I told them when they’re executing on offense, it makes the rest of the game a whole lot easier,” he said. “When you’re hitting shots, defense becomes a little more exciting.”
Peterson said he was pleased with the way his team stepped up defensively, noting that Hanna Wolf, Jacey Wiggins, Brittyn Munster and Payton Prall did a good job of shutting down Ainsworth’s perimeter game.
Despite strong scoring by the Bulldogs in the second half, Gothenburg remained steady to out-score Ainsworth 40-35.
Wiggins led the way with 26 points while Munster added 16 points and Regan Geiken chipped in 11, nine of which came from the line.
While some fans may have been thinking this kind of total game came a little too late, Peterson said he believes it happened at a good time for the Swedes.
“When you do things right, good things happen, the coach said. “We’ve won six of our last 10 games and got two wins in a row heading into the sub-district.”
Gothenburg’s difficult schedule should benefit the Swedes in the post season, the coach said.
“We’ve played one division four team and eight division ones,” he said, referring to the Nebraska School Activities Association’s ranking system. “It’s a tough schedule and these girls could have folded a long time ago but they didn’t. They know they’re not a bad team and they just kept fighting.”
The Swedes moved to 7-14 on the year and faced Cozad (6-12) in the semi-finals of the C1-11 sub-district in Lexington after press time Tuesday night.
The Swedes defeated Cozad twice this season, both by close margins.
“We expect a dogfight from Cozad,” Peterson said.
Look for complete coverage of the C1-11 girls sub-district in next week’s edition of The Times.