The Calhoun Warriors handed the Nokomis girls basketball team their second loss of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 23, beating the Redskins by just three points, 48-45.
Shooting wasn’t the issue for the Redskins as they posted a season best field goal percentage by going 14-of-35 from the field. That included a 6-for-12 performance from three-point land, another season’s best.
The Warriors did the most damage in the first half as they outscored Calhoun 13-8 in the opening quarter and 14-11 in the second to take a 27-19 halftime lead.
The margin would shrink to five by the end of the third as Nokomis outscored Calhoun 19-14, but a 7-7 fourth quarter yielded a win for the home Warriors.
Hailey Engelman, who had two of Nokomis’ six threes, led her team in scoring with ten points, but three other players were close behind. Emma Sneddon, Addison Dangbar and Mia Fesser all had eight points apiece, with Dangbar hitting two threes and Fesser hitting another. Dangbar and Fesser also led the team in assists, with four and three respectively.
Kristen Stauder accounted for the sixth three for Coach Brandon Engelman’s club, en route to a six point night, while Audrey Sabol had a team-best nine rebounds to go along with five points.
In addition to their shooting success from the field, Nokomis also shot a season-best 73 percent from the free-throw line, going 11-for-15.
Those small victories will be used to help Nokomis snap their first losing streak (two games) of the season. Their first chance to do that is Thursday, Feb. 25, in Springfield against Lutheran, followed by another road contest on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Central A&M. Tipoff is 6 p.m. on Thursday and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
February 23 at Hardin
Nokomis 8 11 19 7 45
Calhoun 13 14 14 7 48
Nokomis (45) - Hailey Engelman 10, Emma Sneddon 8, Addison Dangbar 8, Mia Fesser 8, Kristen Stauder 6, Audrey Sabol 5. Totals: 14-35 11-15 45.
Three-point field goals: Nokomis 6-12 (Engelman 2, Dangbar 2, Fesser 1, Stauder 1).
Record: Nokomis (5-2).