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Pawnee Coyotes 2-4 on the season


Going into the holiday break, the Pawnee Coyotes are 2-3 on the season after defeating the Dawson School Mustangs and the Banner County Wildcats and losing to Highland, Peetz and Front Range Baptist.

The season started out at the Highland Canine Classic the first weekend in December as the Coyotes took on the Highland Huskies and then competed against the Dawson School Mustangs.

Pawnee start in the first quarter against Highland Dec. 2 wasn't what they wanted as they were trailing 2-16 going into the second quarter. The Coyotes added six points in the second quarter, but Highland kept making shots to lead 36-8 at halftime. Pawnee scored eight points in the third quarter and outscored the Mustangs in the fourth quarter 23-19, but wasn't enough to get the upper hand losing 39-69.

Senior Bryce Schnug took charge on the scoring for the Coyotes leading the team with 21 points and had 11 rebounds, and one block followed by senior Drew Ellis who added nine points and four rebounds.

Joseph Sanders contributed six points and had three rebounds while teammates Josh Duggan, James Krist, and Wyatt Schnug had one point each. Duggan had one rebound, Krist had four rebounds and Wyatt Schnug had seven rebounds.

Jade Cass grabbed four rebounds and had two blocks followed by Owen Wahlert and Josh Keiper who each had one rebound.

The next day, the Coyotes found themselves competing against the Dawson School Mustangs. The first quarter was close as Pawnee only trailed by two points, 11-13. Dawson School outscored the Coyotes in the second quarter by seven points. Halftime score was in favor of the Mustangs 22-31. Dawson School put up 19 points compared to the Coyotes eight points in the third quarter. The Mustangs outsocred Pawnee in the fourth quarter by a 5-point margin resulting in a loss for the Coyotes 40-65.

Senior Ellis led the team with 16 points and had two rebounds, one assist and two steals followed by Wahlert with eight points.

Wyatt Schnug added five points and had one rebound followed by teammate Bryce Schnug who had four points and six rebounds. Keiper contributed two points and one steal and Krist and Sanders each chipped in one point. Krist, Sanders, Duggan and Cass each had one rebound also.

According to Head Coach Danielle Cass, the team came out flat at the Canine Classic. “We played against a couple good teams. It's nice to finally have those first game jitters out of the way. There are definitely some great things that came out of the tournament and definitely a few things we needed to work on both offensively and defensively.”

The Pawnee Coyotes redeemed themselves at the first home game of the season as they defeated the Union Colony Prep Timberwolves Tuesday, Dec. 6. It was a close match-up of the teams in the first quarter with Pawnee leading by two points 18-16. Another intense quarter ensued with Pawnee keeping the lead 38-34 going into halftime. The Coyotes came out firing in the third quarter, scoring another 20 points while keeping the Timberwolves to only 10 points. During the fourth quarter, Pawnee kept the momentum adding another 13 points to the score to Union Colony Prep's four points. The Coyotes won their first game 71-48.

“We have worked hard on both the fundamentals of the game and all the little things in practice,” Cass said. “The boys came back with a fight and came back together as a family to fight for their first home game win. I was really proud of them.”

Lead scorer for the Coyotes was Ellis with 20 points who also had six rebounds, two assists and five steals followed by the Schnug boys who each added in another 15 points. Bryace Schnug also had four rebounds, two assists, one block, and four steals and Wyatt Schnug had three rebounds and one block.

Cass and Sanders pitched in eight points each with Cass bringing down three rebounds and had one assist, three blocks, and one steal. Sanders had four rebounds and three steals. Wahlert added four points, four rebounds, seven assists and two steals and teammate Krist pitched in one point and had four rebounds and one block. Keiper had rebounds and Duggan had one assist.

The Coyotes then hosted conference rival the Peetz Bulldogs Friday, Dec. 9. The first quarter Pawnee trailed the Bulldogs by five points and at halftime, the Bullsdogs lead grew by another 18 points. Halftime score was 34-16. It was a hard third quarter with the Coyotes only scoring three points to the Bulldogs' 14 points. Pawnee outscored Peetz 12-7 in the fourth quarter, but wasn't enough to take the game as they lost 31-55.

There were no stats available for the Pawnee game as of press time.

The Coyotes faced the Banner County Wildcats for the first time at home Saturday, Dec. 10 and came away with a big win by 36 points, 82-46. No stats were available for the Banner County game as of press time.

Before heading into the holiday break, the Coyotes faced the Front Range Baptist Falcons last Friday, Dec. 16. Getting off to a rocky start, Pawnee only scored five points in the first quarter to the Falcons' 20 points. The Coyotes got the upper hand in the second quarter, outscoring Front Range Baptist five four points for a halftime score of 35-24. The Falcons added another 15 points in the third quarter to Pawnee's 13 points. The fourth quarter the Coyotes dominated the net, scoring 19 points over Front Range Baptist's nine points. After a heated battle, Pawnee lost by a mere three points, 56-59. No stats were available as of press time.

Coming back over the break, the Coyotes will face the Fleming Wildcats Jan. 6 in Fleming.


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