Defense paves the way for Lady Bison in 60-38 victory

Friday, February 2, 2018
Liviya Wier (33) hits a layup against Ogallala defender Taylor Williams (1) during the second half of Thursday’s game at McCook Senior High. The Lady Bison defeated the Lady Indians 60-38.
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McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Lady Bison are starting to click.

Following their 73-33 dismantling of Valentine last week, the Lady Bison put in another four-quarter game Thursday night to defeat Ogallala 60-38 at McCook Senior High.

Liviya Wier stood out for McCook. The freshman scored a game-high 24 points and was the lone Lady Bison in double figures.

“She (Wier) had some good drives to the basket, but she got a lot of points from people getting the rebound and throwing it to her,” said McCook head coach Amy Scheil. “There were some good assists and nice passes. A lot of points tonight came off layups.”

On the other end, McCook’s defense limited Ogallala to 16 first half points, including just seven in the opening quarter.

“Our defensive pressure has been a lot better,” Scheil commented. “We went through a couple bad games where we didn’t put defensive pressure on anybody. We watched some film, showed the girls how they can play and they made a choice to play the type of defense they know how to play.”

In its first 18 games this season, McCook eclipsed the 60-point barrier once and allowed under 40 points twice. The Lady Bison have hit both marks in each of their last two games.

“I think we’ve gotten a lot more layups,” Scheil said. “We’re starting to hit the little shots more. We’re working our inside-out game so the outside players have a better shot from the inside pass. I think we’re just playing better defense. We’re getting more steals and more layups on the other end.”

Brantleigh Morgan was McCook’s second-leading scorer with seven points, while Emily Arp and Jayceea Hanson each added six.

Ogallala (8-12 record) was led by Jaedy Commins and Taylor Williams, who each had 10 points.

Now 9-11 on the season, McCook travels to Brown County to take on Ainsworth tomorrow (Saturday) for a 3:30 p.m. matinee against the 2-15 Lady Bulldogs.

As McCook enters the final stretch of the regular season, Scheil noted that the team has made some changes that have led to the team’s turnaround.

“The intensity has changed. The girls are putting good practices together. We also changed the offense a little bit. We knew the offense we were running against a 2-3 (zone) was not good and we decided that we’d stop beating a dead horse and it’s helped us.”

Scheil, who is in her first year as McCook’s coach, also acknowledged the familiarity that’s starting to take place with the players.

“They’re at the point where they have stopped having to learn everything and are starting to put everything together. I think it’s coming together well.”

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