LEOTI When you've already faced an opponent once during the season, it sometimes is difficult to gauge what will happen the second time around.

Such was the case Tuesday when the Greeley County girls used a late third quarter surge and a strong fourth quarter effort to come away with a 49-33 win over Wichita County.

Neither Jackrabbit coach Tom Farmer or Lady Indians coach Jason Wells anticipated 52 turnovers (34 for Wichita County), or that there would 42 fouls called and 55 free throws attempted.

"We didn't play well and it's because I didn't coach well," Farmer said. "It's not the players fault. Our free throws were horrible and I think some of the plays I called, the girls were confused and that's my fault."

The Jackrabbits trailed 24-23 midway through the third quarter before Wichita County hit a scoring drought that lasted from the 4:34 mark until there was 7:09 showing in the final quarter. Greeley County had built a 35-24 lead and it would never get any closer than 10.

"We just didn't do much right from the middle of the third quarter on," Wells said. "We hung in there for a long time, but the turnovers just killed us. We just can't give the ball away that much and expect to be in a game."

For Greeley County senior guard Kelli Crittenden, who paced her team with 14 points, the game was an opportunity to get back into action after battling the flu, limiting her to just a couple of minutes in last Friday's win at Cheylin.

"I felt a little off speed at the start of the game, nothing felt right for me early," Crittenden said. "We love to press and that worked well for us tonight."

Crittenden said despite what their coach said about the confusion on what he wanted the team to do offensively, the players understood his instructions.

"We understood what he was talking about and I think we did what he wanted us to do," Crittenden said. "The game was a bit sloppy, but I think we're coming together and are playing better."

The first match-up between the two was in early December at the Scott City Invitational. Greeley County won 51-35.

Shooting percentages were not impressive by either team as Greeley County finished 16-of-58 from the field (27.5 percent), while Wichita County managed just 12-of-39 (30.7 percent). The Indians did own a 46-36 rebounding advantage as junior Hannah Mehl grabbed 18 boards and also scored 13 points to lead the team. Riley Matteson added 10 points for Wichita County.

In addition to Crittenden's 14 points, the Lady Jackrabbits received 11 points from senior Hayli Greeson, 10 of which came in the final half.

Greeley County (10-3) visits Triplains on Friday in a Western Kansas Liberty League encounter. Wichita County (3-10) travels to Southwestern Heights in a Hi-Plains League contest.


Greeley Co. 49, Wichita Co. 33

GREELEY COUNTY (10-3) Schneider 0-5 4-10 4, Greeson 3-11 5-6 11, Kelcy Crittenden 0-0 0-0 0, Kelli Crittenden 5-16 4-7 14, Bender 3 1-2 8, Robertson 0-2 0-2 0, Myers 2-9 0-4 4, Moser 3-6 2-3 8. Totals 16-58 16-34 49.

WICHITA COUNTY (3-10) Wedel 0-0 0-0 0, Busch 0-5 0-0 0, Estes 0-5 0-0 0, Schumacher 2-4 0-0 6, Gertstberger 0-0 0-0 0, Mehl 5-12 3-8 13, Graff 0-3 0-4 0, Wells 1 2-2 4, Matteson 4-7 2-7 10. Totals 12-39 7-21 33.

Greeley Co. 18 5 10 16 -- 49

Wichita Co. 8 12 4 9 -- 33

3-point goals Greeley Co. 1-6 (Kelli Crittenden 0-4, Bender 1-2), Wichita Co. 2-4 (Schumacher 2-4). Rebounds Greeley Co. 36 (Schneider 9), Wichita Co. 46 (Mehl 18). Turnovers Greeley Co. 18, Wichita Co. 34. Fouls Greeley Co. 19, Wichita Co. 23. Fouled out Wichita Co. (Estes).