Cougars Play Close Games with the Clippers

Conestoga Basketball Teams Face Off Against Malcolm


Olivia Priefert

Senior Myah Cummings puts up a shot against Malcolm during a Dec. 8 matchup.

MURRAY, NE.–The Conestoga Boys and Girls Basketball teams had their home opener against the Malcolm Clippers on Tuesday night. The Clippers won the girls contest and the Conestoga boys picked up a home win.

Malcolm 37, Conestoga Girls 28

Malcolm held the Cougars to 14 points in the first half, leaving the score 21-14 for the Clippers at half. On the third quarter the Clippers doubled the Cougars’ score 8-4. The Cougars tallied ten fourth quarter points to Malcolm’s eight to bring about the final score.

Sophia Ackerman and Myah Cummings had the leading scores with 7 points each. Ackerman had six rebounds and three assists. Cummings three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Mati Steckler ended with five points, seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

Coach Thies had some thoughts on the Malcolm game. “I thought we competed well throughout the game. We forced them into some tough shots and were able to hold them under 40 points. We had a lot of opportunities to make a play or two that would’ve swung the game in our favor but were unable to take advantage. Overall, I have seen a lot of progress in a lot of areas and believe our team is heading in the right direction.”

Malcolm 11 10 8 8 – 37

Conestoga 7 7 4 10 – 28

Conestoga Boys 68, Malcolm 59

The Conestoga Boys came out with a win over the Malcolm Boys team with a final score of 68-59. The Cougars led 33-30 at half and scored 19 more in the third quarter making it 52-45. The boys ended the fourth quarter with 16 more points.

Senior Lane Fox (2) lays in a basket in a Dec. 8 game against Malcolm. (Taylor McClatchey)

Lane Fox led the boys team with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Ty Fox was not far behind with 17 points. Ben Welch added 16 points, Koby Vogler contributed four points, and Jack Welch scored five.

Malcolm 14 16 15 14 – 59

Conestoga 19 14 19 16 – 68