By BRETT MARSHALL
SCOTT CITY — The Holcomb Lady Longhorns defeated Scott City Tuesday night, 30-23, in the third meeting of the season for these Great West Activities Association rivals.
That was the good news — and the bad news.
The good news is Holcomb is now 12-2 overall and 4-1 in the GWAC. The bad news is they had beaten the Lady Beavers 72-37 at last week's Colby Orange and Black Classic, and prior to that had won, 47-29 in December at the Scott City Invitational.
Another piece of good news is Scott City utilized a suffocating defense and a deliberate offense to keep the Lady Longhorns off balance all night. But the bad news is they were just 2-of-8 at the free throw line in the second half when they were ahead or had the game tied.
It was one of those games where the coach of the losing team was in a much better mood than the coach of the winning team.
Holcomb's Kelley Snodgrass was less than thrilled with her team's effort considering they had won the previous two outings easily.
"It's never easy coming to Scott City to play," Snodgrass said. "(Scott City) stuck to their zone and they boxed our well and we had less second chances. Tonight, our shots weren't falling. Last week, they were."
The Lady Longhorns, who made nine three-pointers in the win at Colby, did not make a single trey in Tuesday's game.
"Our's weren't going in, it makes for a much closer game," Snodgrass said.
For Scott City coach Mark Campos, the strategy he orchestrated nearly paid off with a big upset.
The Lady Beavers led 11-7 after one quarter and were up 13-11 at halftime in a quarter that saw neither team score in the final 5:41 before halftime.
"I thought our girls did most everything we asked of them tonight," Campos said. "We had been throttled the last two games so we just tried to simplify things on defense and tried to change the offensive tempo and not get into a running game with them. You lose those."
Three times in the third quarter the score was tied and there were three other lead changes before Holcomb finished out with a 22-20 edge going into the final period.
Emily Hess made a free throw with 1:51 remaining to finally get the Lady Beavers back to within four, 25-21.
It was a 27-23 game with 23 seconds but Breanna Gottschalk and Stegman made 3-of-4 free throws to close out the game and had the Longhorns' biggest lead when the buzzer sounded.
Carissa Chelemedos pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds to lead Scott City to a 33-26 advantage on the boards.
Holcomb travels to Goodland on Friday while Scott City hits the road to face Lakin.
Holcomb 7 4 11 8 -- 30
Scott City 11 2 7 3 -- 23
Holcomb (12-2, 4-1) — Pfeifer 0-6 1-2 1, Lohfink 0-0 0-0 0, Prieto 1-5 0-1 2, Asmus 0-2 0-0 0, Gottschalk 5-13 1-2 11, Amos 2-4 0-0 4, A. Stegman 2-9 6-8 10, Landwehr 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 11-42 8-13 30.
Scott City (4-7, 2-3) — Mayer 0-1 0-1 0, Hess 3-11 1-4 7, Hoeme 0-2 0-0 0, Nickel 0-1 0-0 0, Baker 4-10 1-2 10, Chelemedos 1-6 1-2 3, Lowenthal 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 9-32 4-11 23.
3-point goals — Holcomb 0-13 (Pfeifer 0-4, Prieto 0-2, Gottschalk 0-3, A. Stegman 0-2, Landwehr 0-1), Scott City 1-7 (Hess 0-2, Hoeme 0-1, Baker 1-4). Rebounds — Holcomb 26 (Gottschalk 8), Scott City 33 (Chelemedos 13). Turnovers — Holcomb 16, Scott City 24. Fouls — Holcomb 14, Scott City 14. Fouled out — none.