By BRETT MARSHALL
HOLCOMB — In a season where the Holcomb Lady Longhorns have endured injury and illness to any number of their players, the one constant that has been there in every game has been Breanna Gottschalk.
On Friday night, the 5-10 senior played guard, forward and even center at times, scoring 16 points, grabbing six rebounds (both team highs) in helping her team post a 52-38 victory over Scott City in a Great West Activities Conference contest at the Holcomb High gym.
About the only thing Gottschalk didn't do in keeping Scott City at bay most of the game was shoot free throws. Otherwise, she was stellar, hitting 7-of-11 field goals, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range.
"I wouldn't call it one of our best games, but we played pretty well in the second quarter and then we adjusted to the way the game was called in the second half and did some good things," said Gottschalk, a member of last year's Telegram All-Area team.
"I think playing the different positions has helped me, but I just want to try and do what coach needs me to do and help us win."
The victory improved the Lady Longhorns season mark to 15-3 and 7-1 in the GWAC with two games remaining on the regular season schedule next week. Scott City, meanwhile, falls to 6-12 and 3-5.
For Gottschalk and her coach, Kelley Snodgrass, it has been season-ending injuries and illness that has kept many of its starters out of the lineup for various lengths of time.
"It's been difficult at times to get anything in sync because we've had people missing games," Gottschalk said. "But now we've got everybody healthy and we're excited to see what we can do."
It was a sluggish start for Holcomb and Scott City, with the host team holding just an 8-7 lead after one quarter.
"Offensively, we weren't doing much at the start and we weren't taking the initiative," Snodgrass said. "It was a slow start. We're an aggressive team on defense but we couldn't get into our flow tonight."
The depth of the Longhorns was reflected in the support that Gottschalk got. Freshman Kylee Amos scored 11 points off the bench, hitting 5-of-6 field goals.
"It was probably her best game of the season," Snodgrass said of the 5-7 forward. "She ran the floor well and she does a good job of playing solid defense against bigger girls."
The Lady Longhorns got their game rolling in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Beavers 20-13 to take a 28-20 lead at halftime. Another 13-6 run in the third quarter moved the lead out to 41-26 heading to the final eight minutes.
"We were within striking distance at halftime and then scored the first basket of the third before they went on one of their runs," Scott City coach Mark Campos said of Holcomb. "In order for us to be in it, we've got to keep them from making those kinds of runs and we just didn't do it consistently. Good teams do that."
The Lady Beavers did make one final mini-run at Holcomb in the fourth, cutting what had been a 16-point lead down to 10, 42-32, with 5:15 to play. But the Longhorns went on a 10-2 run again and the game was over.
Senior Carissa Chelemedos was the lone double-figure scorer for Scott City as the 5-10 forward had game-highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds. She was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and 7-of-9 at the free throw line. The Lady Beavers had a 28-21 rebounding edge.
Holcomb was rock solid in its shooting , hitting 21-of-42 field goals for 50 percent.
Holcomb plays at Hugoton on Monday in a weather-related makeup game while Scott City travels to Goodland on Tuesday.
Scott City 7 13 6 12 -- 38
Holcomb 8 20 13 11 -- 52
Scott City (6-12, 3-5) — Mayer 1-1 0-0 2, Hess 2-12 1-1 5, Hoeme 1-3 3-4 5, Baker 2-6 0-1 6, Chelemedos 5-5 7-9 17, Lowenthal 0-3 3-4 3. Totals 11-30 14-19 38.
Holcomb (15-3, 7-1) — Pfeifer 1-4 0-0 3, Prieto 4-5 1-2 9, Asmus 0-0 0-1 0, Gottschalk 7-11 0-0 16, Amos 5-6 1-1 11, Pena 1-3 1-2 3, Stegman 2-9 2-2 6, Landwehr 1-4 1-2 4. Totals 21-42 6-10 52.
3-point goals — Scott City 2-7 (Hess 0-3, Baker 2-4), Holcomb 4-6 (Pfeifer 1-1, Gottschalk 2-3, Landwehr 1-2). Rebounds — Scott City 28 (Chelemedos 11), Holcomb 21 (Gottschalk 6). Turnovers — Scott City 24, Holcomb 16. Fouls — Scott City 16, Holcomb 22. Fouled out — None.