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Trotters gain a favorable split

 

February 1, 2018

John Hamilton

JUMP SHOOTING Sarah Detlaff and her Lady Hawk teammates will host Eureka Saturday at TFHS.

This is what basketball coaches call a favorable split.

Coach Jess Nagy and her Plains Trotters scored a favorable split last week, winning an important District 14C conference test 45-39 over the league-leading Scarlets in Arlee Thursday, and dropping a 48-42 decision to District 13C Seeley-Swan in a non-conference game in Plains Saturday.

Clearly, it is better to win the conference games and lose the non-conference ones if given the choice. Not that Nagy and her Trotters are willing to concede anything at any time.

"We just played a really poor first half against Seeley," Nagy said referring to the Blackhawks' 34-12 lead built by halftime in that game. "We came out ready to play in the second half but it was a little too much to overcome at that point."

Nagy said turnovers were the main problem early against the 'Hawks, as Plains committed 18 in the first half to aid Seeley-Swan's cause.

Lindsay Laws led the comeback charge in the second half for the Trotters against Seeley, finishing with 14 points, Jessica Thompson scored 13, Haley Josephson seven, Kassidy Kinzie four and Kara Altmiller and Rachel Huenink two apiece.

Autumn Morse led Seeley-Swan with 14 points, Chloe Robbin scored 11 and Terra Bertsch 10.

The big 14C conference-counter over Arlee was won on the defensive end, Nagy said. "We played solid defense but not our best offensively," she offered. "Jess (Thompson) did a great job on limiting Vanderburg, with strong weak-side help from our other girls."

Alyssia Vanderburg, who has topped 30 points scoring several times already this season, led Arlee with 18 points this time, but had to work very hard for all 18 of those.

Trailing 34-30 heading into the fourth quarter, the Trotters won those final eight minutes 15-5 to pull out the 14C victory.

Laws again led the Trotters with 14 points, Kinzie scored nine, Thompson six, Josephson, Huenink and Altmiller four each, and AnaLisa Loberg and Natalee Deschamps two apiece.

Nellie Desjarlais added 14 points to Arlee's total.

Nagy and the Trotters have two more 14C contests this week, hosting Hot Springs Thursday and visiting St. Regis Friday.

 

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