By Brett Nachtigall
EDGEMONT – The third-seeded Edgemont Moguls girls’ basketball won two of three games last week versus Nebraska opponents to earn a second place finish in the annual Panhandle Athletic Conference (PAC) Tournament.
The team first defeated Crawford for the second time this season, by a score of 38-35 on Monday, and then got some revenge versus Sioux County by beating them by a score of 47-40 on Friday. Sioux County had beaten Edgmont twice earlier this season. In the champinship finals on Saturday however, the Lady Moguls’ winning streak came to an end as they lost to Morrill by a score of 47-33.
In their first round game versus Crawford, the Lady Moguls held a narrow 18-15 lead at halftime but then stretched it to 28-20 at the end of the third quarter before holding on to the three-point victory.
Junior Maddie Peterson led the scoring with 15 points followed by senior teammate Avery Van Eaton with 14 points. Junior Abby Tidball’s 11 rebounds and six steals were also a huge part of the success for the Moguls in the game, according to head coach Lane Ostenson.
“The semi-final game versus Sioux County matched us up with a team that had beaten us twice during the regular season already,” said Coach Ostenson. “One of the things we told the girls going into this game is, ‘It’s hard to beat a team three times in a season when we were so closely matched.’ ”
Edgemont came out and dominated early on with an impressive 28-14 halftime lead. That 14-point was maintained through the third quarter, but Sioux County mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter and outscored Edgemont 17-10, but it was not enough as the Moguls held on for the seven point victory.
“Maddie Peterson was on track for a 30 point game when she suffered a game-ending knee injury at the midpoint of the third quarter,” Coach Ostenson said. She however finished the game with 18 points.
Coach Ostenson said his team’s ability to hold on to the victory after Peterson went down was thanks in part to eighth-grader Morgan Peterson (6 points) and seventh-grader Peyton Ostenson (4 points) combining to score all but two of the team’s points in the fourth quarter.
In the PAC championship game on Saturday, the Moguls faced the Morrill Lions who had beaten the Moguls by 19 points in Morrill in December.
“We had a pretty good game plan going into this game as well,” said Coach Ostenson. “Without Maddie Peterson, we knew it was going to be a tough test.”
Ostenson said the Lady Moguls played tremendous defense in the first half, and were down by just 22-19 at the end of the second quarter.
“Going into the locker room at half down by three was a statement in it’s self,” Coach Ostenson said. “The third quarter turned out to be the downfall for the Lady Moguls getting out scored 14-2 in this frame.”
Avery Van Eaton showed her leadership putting up 20 points.
“Although we came away with a loss in this game, I feel that our team grew by leaps and bounds,” Ostenson added. “That growth we gained last week will carry us a long way. I’m exited for the upcoming games the Lady Moguls have on the schedule!”
This week, those games include a home matchup versus Rapid City Christian on Tuesday and a home game versus Hemingford on Saturday.
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Edgemont junior Abby Tidball drives to the hoop during a game played earlier this year at Case Auditorium in Hot Springs. Last week, Tidball helped lead the Lady Moguls to a win over Crawford, Neb., with an 11 rebound, six steal game.