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Unanswered points fatal for Sedgwick

Posted 12/20/2018

Senior Trey Bright looks to pass the ball, last week, at Halstead. Bright finished the game with eight points.Senior Trey Bright looks to pass the ball, last week, at Halstead. Bright finished the game with eight points.By Bill Bush

SEDGWICK—Sedgwick put up a good fight last week, against Halstead, but defensive breakdowns in the second half allowed the Dragons to stretch the lead that proved to be too much to overcome. Sedgwick lost the game, 63-46.

“I was disappointed in our defensive effort,” Sedgwick Head Coach Darren Crumrine said. “In order to beat a quality team, like Halstead, you have to be locked in the entire game. I felt like we had way too many breakdowns, especially with our transition defense. We worked hard to take away the first options of Halstead's sets. Our first shot defense wasn't bad, we just didn't finish possessions with a rebound.”

It took over two minutes before either team scored. Halstead took a 2-0 lead, but Junior Mason Lacey tied it halfway through the first quarter. Halstead ran the lead up to 7-3, and then with fifteen seconds left, the two teams traded threes for a 10-6 game after one quarter.

Sedgwick fell behind by ten points, but with two minutes left, chipped away. Sophomore Nolan Crumrine and junior Kale Schroeder hit back-to-back threes, then, after Halstead added another two, senior Cauy Root scored to cut the deficit to 26-22 at the half.

Senior Trey Bright started the third quarter with a basket to cut the lead to two. Halstead added three and Lacey scored three of his seven points in the quarter to again bring Sedgwick to within two points.

The next two minutes changed the remainder of the game. Halstead scored ten unanswered points to give them a twelve-point lead. Sedgwick was able to trim the lead to eight, but a three-pointer toward the end of the third quarter by Halstead gave them a 45-34 lead over Sedgwick.

The Cardinals trimmed the lead to nine early in the fourth, but three missed free throws kept them from getting closer. They were outscored 15-7 the rest of the way.

“Offensively, we shot the ball well, despite our lack of movement,” D. Crumrine said. “I thought Halstead did a good job of pushing us farther out on the floor than we wanted to be. We have to fix our lack of screening and movement.”

Lacey, K. Schroeder and Bright led the Cardinals in scoring with 15, 12 and 8 respectively. Others scoring were N. Crumrine – 3, H. Schroder – 3, Root – 2, Smith – 2 and Shepherd – 1.

“Our guys really like playing very good teams,” Crumrine said. “It exposes your weaknesses and helps us improve. Halstead fits the description of a very good team. They are disciplined and run their stuff at a high level. They have good floor leaders and don't beat themselves. I saw a lot of positives for our team. We still have a long ways to go, but I am confident we will continue to work hard and make the improvement needed.”

On Friday night, the team traveled to Medicine Lodge to take on the Indians.

Junior Kale Schroeder made a basket and two free throws and seniors Hooper Schroeder and Colton Smith scored 3 and 2 points, respectively. It wasn’t nearly enough as Medicine Lodge hit four threes on their way to a 21-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

“We were unable to overcome Medicine Lodge's initial offensive explosion,” Coach Darren Crumrine said. “They hit some shots where we had played pretty good defense.”

 The Indians hit three more three-pointers in the second quarter. K. Schroeder scored six points to lead the Cardinals’ second quarter scoring, but at half, they found themselves down, 20-38.

“A key stretch of the game was our inability to take advantage of getting to the free throw line in the second quarter,” D. Crumrine said. “We were able to get back into the game, but couldn't score with the clock stopped.”

Sedgwick missed seven free throws in the second quarter.

In the third quarter sophomore Nolan Crumrine hit two three’s, K. Schroeder added six points and Smith five, as Sedgwick closed the gap to 39-51.

K. Schroeder scored another six points in the fourth to lead the Cardinals attack, but in the end it wasn’t enough. They lost to Medicine Lodge by the final score of 65-52.

“We responded well out of half and got ourselves back into the game,” D. Crumrine said. “We had some possessions with wide open shots, we just didn't knock them down. I thought our guys competed well. However, we just didn't make enough plays.”

Scoring for Sedgwick were K. Schroeder – 22, N. Crumrine – 9, Smith – 7, H. Schroeder – 5, Cauy – 3, Mason – 2, Hoffsommer – 2 and Bright – 2. 

Sedgwick (2-4) hosted Haven on Tuesday evening, for their final game before Christmas break.

For coverage of the Sedgwick girls basketball team, please see this week's print edition.