By KEVIN THOMPSON
SCOTT CITY — The Holcomb Lady Longhorns hate losing, which doesn't happen often. But when they do, their next opponent usually has to pay for it.
Such was the fate of the Scott City Lady Beavers on Tuesday night, as they fell victim to the No. 8 team in Class 3A, 66-50.
Following its first league loss last Friday at Colby, Holcomb repaired itself, but it took quite a while to kick into gear.
Karissa Pena's opening layup marked the Longhorns' only points for nearly four minutes while Scott City went on an 8-0 run before going scoreless for the next five minutes.
After a brief 12-8 lead into the second quarter, Holcomb gave it up again, as the Beavers went on an 8-2 run before Kyle Amos' three and Pena's pair of twos, all following turnovers, got the Longhorns back on track, but only leading 26-22 at halftime.
Another 8-0 run gave the Beavers a short-lived lead before they stopped scoring, and over the next three-plus minutes, Holcomb took a 46-32 lead.
Scott City pulled to within six (50-44) early in the fourth period but could only muster six free throws the rest of the way.
Katie Pfeifer led Holcomb with 23 points (including four 3-pointers) and Pena added 22.
Janessa Lowenthal led Scott City with 19 points, but was shut out of the final period. Bailey Nickel added 16, half of those on free throws. The duo combined for just 14 in the last meeting.
"Those two definitely stepped it up tonight on senior night," Scott City coach Lori Oestreicher said.
Holcomb struggled from the field in its last game (18-of-56 and only 5-of-31 from behind the arc), and this game saw more of the same (25-of-60, 5-of-21).
Longhorns coach Kenton Tennal said Scott City was a better team than when last they played.
"They were well-coached. They came ready to play," he said. "It was an ugly win, but at least we learned more from this game than we would have in a blowout. We battled back and fought."
Missing too many easy layups hurt, he said, and it was the same thing that happened against Colby a few days earlier.
"We have to look more into our posts. We're going to run an entire practice of post-entry drills because we've got to be able to get it in there. We've got a great post game. We have three solid posts. We don't have to be tall; we just have to want it more," Tennal said.
The Longhorns also saw a rare deficiency in rebounding, especially in the first half when the Beavers out-boarded them 18-12 (and 34-24 for the game).
"We were lost in space for a little while, but we did what we had to do. We had some people step up. That's good to see," Tennal said.
The last time these two teams played, Holcomb doubled up the Beavers 62-31, so for Oestreicher, this game was a major win despite the loss.
"We definitely hung with them. We pressured them on the outside. We had to make sure we got those defensive rebounds," she said.
Scott City had girls step up in a big way, she added, and they used a solid seven-man rotation.
Holcomb 12 14 22 18 -- 66
Scott City 8 14 17 11 -- 50
Holcomb (14-4, 7-1) — Pfeifer 7 5-6 23, Jarnagin 1 0-0 2, Prieto 1 2-2 4, Heydman 2 0-0 4, Deniston 2 2-2 6, Amos 2 0-0 5, Pena 11 0-0 22. Totals 26 8-10 66.
Scott City (3-15, 2-7) — Wilcoxson 1 1-2 3, Davis 1 0-0 2, Hoeme 3 8-10 16, Wycoff 1 0-0 2, Nickel 3 2-4 8, Lowenthal 7 5-6 19. Totals 16 16-22 50.
3-pt. goals — Holcomb 5-21 (Pfeifer 4, Amos 1), Scott City 2-5 (Hoeme 2). Rebounds — Holcomb 24 (Deniston 4, Pena 4), Scott City 34 (Nickel 10, Lowenthal 8). Turnovers — Holcomb 8, Scott City 22. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — Scott City (Wycoff).
Total fouls — Holcomb 18, Scott City 14.