The Superior Express -

Lady Raiders win-lose in final games of regular season


February 18, 2021

Denise Mazour

Members of the 2020-2021 Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders basketball team are (back row, from left) Mr. Kucera - coach, Aleah Heikkinen, Elsa Jorgensen, Katelyn Mazour, Emma Epley, Emily Troudt, Mr. Peterson - coach, (middle row) Claire Himmelberg, Danyelle Church, Sydney Biltoft, Bailey Cedar, Jessica Sole, Riley Funk, (front row) Kara Menke, Alex Miller, Emily Miller, Avery Mazour, McKenzie Ostdiek, Tori Miller and student manager Amaya Rasmussen. (Photograph taken during the Holiday Tournament courtesy of Denise Mazour.)

The end of the regular season has arrived and the L-N Lady Raiders picked up another win and dropped the last game of the season. They were supposed to start sub-district play on Tuesday night depending (of course) on our good old Nebraska weather.

L-N – HARVARD: 37-33: The L-N Lady Raiders were down to only two games left in the regular season . . . if the 2020-2021 season can be called "regular." What do they do?

1: They play one of their best eight minutes of basketball of the season to start the game.

2: Let many players on the bench get a little playing time.

3: Give, coaches and fans a heart attack at the end of the game.

L-N 17 5 7 8 – 37

Harvard 9 2 11 11 – 33

From this reporter's point of view, that first quarter was as pretty as any basketball fans could hope for. Consider: * L-N made eight of their first nine shots (counting free throws). * For the 1st period, they had 6-9 field goals and 2-2 free throws. * They had only two turnovers. * There was only one 'jump ball'.

The second quarter was not nearly as exciting but the girls kept their edge, limiting Harvard to only two points during these eight minutes. Half time score: 22-11.

The last half of play provided the opportunity for 'heart attacks' for those watching the game. In the third period, L-N maintained an 11-12 point lead until the final two minutes when Harvard scored six points before the buzzer ended the period, but L-N still led 29-22.

Quarter 4: Harvard had a 9-4 scoring run in the first four minutes of play, closing the score to where L-N had a 33-31 lead. Little scoring was done in the last four minutes of the game, but L-N made 4-7 free throws to maintain the victory.

An interesting game that saw the Lady Raiders score almost half of their game's total points in the first quarter of play, but holding on to with the game.

Emily led scorers with 17 points and Emily and Aleah each had five steals in the game.

(Scoring, rebounds, assists): Tori Miller 0, 0, 0; Emily Miller 13, 4, 0; Aleah Heikkinen 2, 4, 1; Avery Mazour 0, 1, 3; McKenzie Ostdiek 4, 4, 0: Elsa Jorgensen 4, 4, 2: Emma Epley 8, 8, 2; Katelyn Mazour 6, 0, 0; L-N: 37, 27, 8; Harvard 33, no stats.

Three points shots: L-N 4-12: Emma 2-4, Katelyn 2-3' Harvard: 5-18.

Free Throws: L-N 7-13: Emily 3-5, Aleah 2-4, Elsa 0-1, Emma 2-3; Harvard 8-12. Fouls: L-N 13; Harvard 15.

L-N – SUPERIOR: 31-40: Fast forward to Friday night and it seemed our "FRIGID" Nebraska weather had seeped into the Lady Raider's ball game.

L-N 3 10 9 9 – 31

Superior 10 8 17 5 – 40

Quarter 1: The cold from outside hampered the girl's play on the inside. Superior didn't do great either, but Aleah Heikkinen's swishing the nets for a 3-pt. shot to just over two minutes to play, keep a goose egg from being on the Raider scoreboard: Score 3-10.

Quarter 2: The Raiders used the first three minutes of this period to close the score, trailing 10-11. However, they then went scoreless for five minutes until Emma Epley put a 3-pt. shot in the basket from the half court mark as the buzzer was going off. Score: 11-18.

Quarter 3: Emily Miller scored half of her team high 14 points in this period. However, Superior also had a good quarter, hitting seven field goals with three coming from behind the 3-pt. arc. Score: 22-35.

Quarter 4: L-N repeated the beginning of the 2nd quarter having a good first three minutes of play. They reduced the 13 point deficit down to seven points, but then scored little in the last five minutes.

The team did well in the game at the charity stripe making 63 percent and fought hard against the taller Wildcats finding 28 rebounds to Superior's 34.

Emily led the team in scoring with 14 points. She also had eight rebounds and two steals. Avery Mazour had nine rebounds, one assist and one steal. Emma had four points, three assists and three steals.

(Scoring, rebounds, assists): Tori Miller 0, 0, 0; Emily Miller 14, 8, 0; Aleah Heikkinen 4, 2, 0; Avery Mazour 2, 9, 1; McKenzie Ostdiek 0, 1, 1: Elsa Jorgensen 5, 2, 1: Emma Epley 4, 6, 3; L-N: 31, 28, 6; Superior 40, 34, 10.

Three points shots: L-N 3-11; Aleah 1-2, Elsa 1-4, Emma 1-2; Superior: 4-21.

Free throws: L-N 10-16: Emily 6-6, Aleah 1-2, Avery 0-1, Elsa 2-5, Emma 1-2; Superior 10-19.

Fouls: L-N 19, Superior 16.

Depending on the weather conditions, the girls played in the Sub-district tournament at Franklin Tuesday evening. Their opponent was Wilcox-Hildreth.


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