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Coach: Swede girls play best game against Ogallala

It was the best shooting and the best defense and the fewest turnovers the Gothenburg girls have had all season.

That’s what allowed the Swedes to handily defeat Ogallala 53-30 at home on Feb. 8.

“It was the best game we’ve played all year,” said coach Tim Peterson. “We shot 43% from the field and that’s the best shooting I’ve seen from this group of girls.”

Good shooting combined with solid defense is what made the game come out in Gothenburg’s favor, the coach said.

“When you shoot that high of a percentage, you’re probably going to win if you play any kind of defense at all,” Peterson said.

The score was relatively close throughout the first half.

Gothenburg led 9-6 at the end of the first period and was ahead 21-16 at halftime.

Traditionally this year, Gothenburg has struggled in the second half but against the Indians there was no let-down in the third or fourth quarters.”

“We played a great third quarter,” Peterson said, “a great second half. That’s only happened once or twice this year.”

The Swedes were led in scoring by freshman Regan Geiken with 14 points. Senior Shelby Eggleston chipped in 10 points.

“We had fairly even scoring and we shot the ball well,” Peterson said. “It’s kind of amazing what can happen when you pull it all together.”

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