New Hampton’s Jake Zwanziger puts up a 3-point shot in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game against Waverly-Shell Rock.

Once again, Chickasaws can’t finish

Second half struggles doom New Hampton in road loss

New Hampton coach Chad Sweitzer has waited all season for his team to put together a complete game in Northeast Iowa Conference play.

He’s still waiting.

Take Tuesday night, for example, as the Chickasaws gave Waverly-Shell Rock a battle for a half and then fell apart over the final 16 minutes in a 70-46 loss that sent them to their fourth straight loss.

“I’m beyond frustrated,” Sweitzer said after his team fell to 6-9 overall and 1-7 in NEIC games. “The bottom line is when you don’t put together complete games in this conference, you lose. And we’re losing.”

Waverly-Shell Rock came into Tuesday’s game with a 7-1 conference mark, but this was far from a lopsided game … at least at the start.

The Chickasaws took a 15-14 lead when Keagan John slashed through the lane and beat the buzzer with a layup, and even after the Chickasaws fell behind 36-27 late in the second quarter, they came storming back, thanks to an old-fashioned three-point play, a Tanner Lane rebound basket and a John steal and layup.

-  -For more on the story, please see the Jan. 26 Tribune.


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