Top-ranked Falls City Sacred Heart’s torrid start to the season continued last week as the Lady Irish tallied three wins – all by double figures – and improved to 4-0.
The wins came Friday at Wetmore, KS, 55-31, Thursday in FC over Hiawatha, KS, 64-46, and in FC Tuesday over South Holt, MO, 69-31.
Tuesday’s victory was the most impressive, as FCSH drilled 15 three-pointers to tie a Nebraska state record for made three-point shots in a game. Lincoln Southeast made 15 in 1999 and 2008, and Minden knocked down 15 threes twice in 2011. The Lady Irish’s previous best was 12 made three-pointers in a game in 2005.
Through four games, the Lady Irish have averaged 61 points per game, won by an average of 27 points and drained 37 three-pointers at a rate of nearly 47 percent.
Junior Abby Magdanz connected on 6-of-8 from behind the arc against South Holt, while senior Ashli Jordan made three treys in the first half and two more in the second half to lead the Lady Irish. Magdanz and Jordan finished with 20 and 17 points, respectively, against South Holt.
The backcourt duo have been lights out through four games, combining for 24 made three-pointers and each are connecting on better than 52 percent of their attempts from downtown.
Freshman Haylee Heits also finished in double figures with 12 points and added seven rebounds, while junior Elizabeth Magdanz added eight points, six rebounds and five assists.
Last Thursday, FCSH knocked down 9-of-20 from behind the arc and outscored Hiawatha 22-5 in the second quarter to open up a 40-18 lead. Jordan connected on all three of her three-point attempts during the second quarter run and sophomore Maggie Goltz score eight of her 10 points in the second half. Jordan led five FCSH players in double figures with 18 points, while adding seven team-high rebounds to her night. Elizabeth Magdanz, Abby Magdanz and Heits added 12, 11 and 11 points. Abby also dished out seven assists and recorded three steals.
The Lady Irish cooled off a bit from long range Friday at Wetmore, but made up for it on the defensive end. FCSH made just 3-of-16 from downtown, but forced 30 Wetmore turnovers and held the Cardinals to 30 percent shooting from the floor.
Goltz finished as the only player in double figures with 14 points. Heits and senior Emma Schock each added points, while Jordan scored nine, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists.
FCSH travels to Lewiston (1-3) tonight and then hosts Humboldt-TR-S (1-2) Friday before an eight-day break for the holidays.
Scoring vs. Wetmore
FCSH – Jordan 11, A. Magdanz 6, Schock 6, E. Magdanz 6, Goltz 14, Hill 4, Heits 8.
WHS – Pfranz 3, G. Haverkamp 4, McQueen 5, Hardenberger1, C. Haverkamp 8, Bloom 2, Boden 8.
Scoring vs. Hiawatha
FCSH – Jordan 18, A. Magdanz 11, E. Magdanz 12, Goltz 10, Hill 2, Heits 11.
HHS – Thompson 2, Brockhoff, 5, Fortmeyer 3, Bauer 7, Overdick 2, Rosa 7, Gartner 20.
Scoring vs. South Holt
FCSH – Bieker 3, Jordan 17, A. Magdanz 20, E. Magdanz 8, Goltz 5, Hill 4, Heits 12.
SHHS – Ezzell 2, Pruseman 8, Binder 4, Hunziger 4, Cox 13.