Cozad boys force Gothenburg to work hard for 58-44 victory.
COZAD—It’s a typical high school rivalry that dates back many decades.
No matter what the win-loss records are or which athletes are involved, a Cozad-Gothenburg match-up on the basketball court is going to be intense.
The Swede boys had the score of Thursday’s game at Cozad well in control early but that doesn’t mean they controlled every aspect of the game throughout the 58-44 victory.
“Cozad was aggressive,” said Swede coach Roger Koehler. “They never backed down.”
The Swedes started the game on a 16-2 run sparked by 6-foot-6 sophomore Logan Koehler. The post player used his height to score 11 points in the first quarter.
Gothenburg finished the opening period with a lay-up by Branndon McMichael for an 18-5 advantage and then didn’t score again until Jack Dudley hit a field goal at the 2:27 mark in the second quarter.
“We started throwing the ball away,” the coach said of the Swedes’ six turnovers in the second quarter.
Gothenburg also lost Logan Koehler to an injury midway through the period. At halftime, Gothenburg led 24-19.
“Cozad started making some shots and I knew we needed to get back to doing things the way we know how to do them,” the coach said.
The Swedes got back to business right away in the second half with a 9-2 run to open the third period. Junior Korey Ahlenstorf had eight of his team-high
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