Clippers pick up district win over Kidder County
Strasburg-Zeeland kept its record clean heading into the Christmas break by knocking off Kidder County, 55-34, in Strasburg on Dec. 21. The Clippers improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in District 6 with the win, while the loss dropped Kidder County to 3-3 (0-1 in the district).
Strasburg-Zeeland took command in the opening period, as Kidder County failed to hit a field goal and mustered just 3 free throws in the period. Meanwhile, Strasburg-Zeeland picked up 5 points and a three-pointer each by Brody Nieuwsma, Kyle Nieuwsma and Mason Kramer to open up a 15-3 cushion by the end of the frame.
Kidder County finally got its offense going during the second period, but Strasburg-Zeeland maintained a comfortable lead throughout the quarter, and Kidder County couldn’t close within single digits at any time during the frame. Kyle Nieuwsma scored 11 points in the first half, and the Clippers took a 28-15 advantage to the halftime break.
Strasburg-Zeeland continued to hold a comfortable margin throughout the second half, and Brody Nieuwsma scored 7 points during the third period, including a 3-pointer near the end of the frame to extend the Clipper lead to 43-25 with one quarter left.
Strasburg-Zeeland shot 47 percent (23 of 49) from the floor and hit just 4 of 9 free throws, while committing 7 turnovers in the game. Kidder County hit on just 13 of 40 (32%) field goals, 8 of 16 free throws, and also turned the ball over just 7 times in the game. The Pirates also held a 30-25 advantage in rebounds in the game.
Kyle Nieuwsma (5 rebounds, 5 assists) and Brody Nieuwsma (4 rebounds) each hit a pair of three-pointers on their way to scoring a gamehigh 16 points apiece. Nic Kramer netted 11 points, 2 assists and 3 steals, and Mason Kramer (2 assists) and Cole Nieuwsma (7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, 3 steals) chipped in 5 points each for the Clippers. Ben Steinolfson and Ryan Sand each scored 10 points, and Cole Scherbenske added 8 points for Kidder County.
Kidder County: Ryan Sand 10, Ben Steinolfson 10, Cole Scherbenske 8, Jordan Leier 4, Walker Brandt 2.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Kyle Nieuwsma 16, Brody Nieuwsma 16, Nic Kramer 11, Mason Kramer 5, Cole Nieuwsma 5, Scotti Scherr 2.