June 5, 2023

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Swedes sweep Lexington

LEXINGTON – The Gothenburg basketball teams started the new season with two road victories over Lexington Thursday night. The Swede girls handled the Minutemaids, 54-13 while the Gothenburg boys used a big second half to pull away from Lexington, 58-43.

The Gothenburg girls dominated from start to finish. They held Lexington scoreless in the first quarter and led 35-6 at the half. Lexington would only score four points in the third quarter and two in the fourth quarter. Gothenburg scored in double figures each quarter except the fourth. A strong defensive showing by the Swedes forced 27 Minutemaid turnovers. Eight different Gothenburg girls scored, led by Aubrey O’Hare and Ellarey Harm who each scored 12 points. Clara Evert and Kynlee Strauser each scored seven points. In the loss, Kianna Clouse led Lexington with four points.

The boys game saw numerous lead changes and ties, but a dominating fourth quarter by the Swedes would see Gothenburg prevail. Lexington held leads at the end of the first and second quarters, but struggled to score in the second half. Gothenburg used a 9-0 run to start the second half to give them a lead before Lexington’s Daud Daud would score eight straight to bring his team back into the game. That would prove to be the only bright spot for Lexington in the second half. Gothenburg would outscore the Minutemen 38-19, including a 20-7 fourth quarter. Gothenburg used their size to their advantage all night, dominating the boards and two different Swedes scored in double figures. Trey Stevens led the team with 18 points including knocking in two threes. Wes Geiken chipped in 14 points while Connor McCoy came off the bench and scored nine points. Gothenburg went 10-13 from the free throw line and finished with 12 turnovers. Lexington was led by Daud who scored 12 points. Greysen Strauss scored 10 and Dru Truax finished with eight points. The Minutemen went 7-13 from the charity stripe and gave the ball away 14 times.

Gothenburg hosts Hershey Friday night while Lexington travels to Ogallala Friday.

Listen to the games below.