Gothenburg’s girls’ basketball team took the court at GHS for the final home game of the season on February 8, hosting the Minden Whippets.

Coach Brent Streeter said the conversation prior to the game was one that included maintaining poise and tenacity.

“We talked about finishing, having confidence in our shots and just letting the game come to us,” he said. 

The Lady Swedes jumped out of the gate strong, charging to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter and maintained a four-point edge going into halftime.

Gothenburg’s offense stayed strong in the third quarter, and Streeter said the extra points from the free-throw line certainly helped.

“We were able to knock down some key free-throws which was nice to see,” he said.

Kynlee Strauser had the hot hand for the Lady Swedes with 19 points. She ripped down seven rebounds and was 6-7 from the free-throw line.

Alexis Bliven had 13 points and Chiara Richeson added 10 with eight assists.

The Swedes are preparing for a rematch against SWC foe Ainsworth on Feb. 14, and Streeter said the message to the team was simple.

“Challenge,” he said. “We are short-handed and have been battling some illness. Most teams can probably say the same thing. But we need to get mentally ready for a physical game.”

The Swedes battled the Bulldogs for third place in the SWC tournament and were outscored 58-50 in a game that saw Gothenburg fight back from an 11 point deficit to bring the game within four points in the final minutes of the game.

Junior varsity tipoff is at 4 p.m. with the varsity girls beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Ainsworth High School

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