Central Nebraska Hoops
Southern Valley looks to build depth
Southern Valley returns just one starter from last year's 14-11 season. Needless to say, second year coach Tylor Fincher will have to find some players to fill the voids from last years team. Chaston Burgeson is the lone returning starter (5-10, Sr., G), for Southern Valley. Last season he averaged nine points and four rebounds per game. Billie Paine (6-2, Sr., G) will look to be a key contributor for Southern Valley this year as well. Southern Valley will open the season on November 30th against Minden.
Southern Valley went 14-10 last season and in his second year at Southern Valley, coach Jeff Ellis likes the squad he has this year. "We have a nice core group back from last year. We graduated our primary ball handlers and shooting guards, so we will have to develop some underclassmen for the next couple years to fill those roles offensively for us on a consistent basis. Defensively we should be pretty solid. Leadership and consistency will be the primary focus with this group. Excited to see how our girls step up and to see which girls are ready to embrace new roles and expectations that we put on them as a staff." Southern Valley returns three starters and those include Cassie Bose, (5-9, Sr.) Becca Lenneman, (5-8 Sr.) and Lauryn Samuelson (6-0, So.) Southern Valley will begin the season against Minden on November 30th.
Southern Valley looks to be a strong contender in the RPAC this season
Solid team comes back for Loomis this season
Lady Wolves look for experience to lead the way
Alma looking to build off of strong season
Last season Alma had a very strong record of 18-6 and made it to a district final game. The Cardinals will look to have similar success this season. Players who were on that team and contributed last season include Ty Heft, David Ehrke, Jackson McKenzie, and Cooper Wright. Head coach Mike Brummer believes his team can achieve even more this season, " As a group (24 participating) we hope to continue down the right path again this season, reaching even higher feats." Alma will open the season on Thursday, November 30th against Bertrand.
Lady Cardinals look for more success
Elm Creek looking for players to step up
Coming off a 17-7 record last season, the Elm Creek Buffaloes lost three starters from that team some voids will needed to be filled. Head coach Tanner Cavenee mentions some of the keys for his squad, "(We) need to stay healthy just like any team but we have a good core of returning kids from last year. Need to have some young kids step into some key positions but they are very capable." A couple of key contributors from last years team includes Anthony Quintana (6-2, Sr., 5.8 ppg., 3.5 rpg.) and Jaydn Ford (5-7, Sr., 13.2 ppg., 4.2 apg) will look to lead the way this season for the Buffaloes. Elm Creek will begin the season on November 30th against Shelton.
Lady Buffaloes return wealth of experience
Elm Creek will have a team that will cause a lot of issues because of their ability to score the ball. Elm Creek returns their top two leading scorers as Clair Cornell (Sr. 19.0 ppg., 11.5 rpg.) and Allie Bauer (Jr., 17.7 ppg., and 5.8 rpg.) will look to lead the Lady Buffaloes again. Joining Cornell and Bauer as experienced players, Elm Creek will have returning starters senior Azia Ourada and junior Madison Halliwell. With all of this experience, head coach Mike Ford says they will still need some young players to step up. " The young and inexperienced kids will have the opportunity to
play, and playing time will depend on their ability to acclimate to the varsity pace of
basketball." Elm Creek will begin the season on November 30th against Shelton.
Swedes Fall in First Round of State Tourney
For a second straight year it was a quick exist from the state tournament for Gothenburg as the Swedes were beaten on Thursday afternoon by Wahoo 84-47 in the Class C1 tourney. The Warriors jumped out to a 10-0 lead and controlled things the whole day. Gothenburg trailed 22-6 at the end of the first quarter and struggled all day long with Wahoo’s 1-3-1 zone defense. Gothenburg finished the day just 4-25 from three point range and were down 40-1 at halftime Colin Hahn led the Swedes with 13 points. Ty Clement had 12, Dawson Graham finished with nine as the Swedes saw their season come to an end at 25-3. Wahoo improves to 21-5 and will play Winnebago in the state semifinals.
Lady Trojans Fall in First Round
Gothenburg Headed to State Again
Mustangs Fall in District Final
North Central Too Much for Elm Creek at State
Arapahoe Falls in Subdistrict Play
Elwood Finishes Year 4-18
Overton Finishes at 14-8
Lady Trojans Advance to State
Cambridge faced Hemingford in the C2-6 district final on Saturday and the Lady Trojans punched their ticket to Lincoln. Cambridge took down Hemingford in a close battle 50-45. Cambridge jumped out to a 15-11 lead after one quarter of play, but in the next two quarters Hemingford outscored Cambridge 25-19, but the Lady Trojans came out strong in the fourth quarter of play. In the fourth, Cambridge outscored Hemingford 16-9 in the final period of play. Alea Shaner led the way for Cambridge with 25 points. Cambridge goes in as the six seed and they will face Howells-Dodge on Thursday at 7:00 PM.
Lexington Falls in Districts
A decent start wasn’t enough for the Lexington Minutemaids as they fell to Hastings on Tuesday night in the B-5 Girls Quarterfinals 46-29. Lexington led 10-8 late in the first quarter before Hastings went on a 14-0 run in the second quarter to lead 22-12 at the break. The Minutemaids went nearly eight minutes in the second quarter without a point as the Tigers took control of the game. In second half, Lexington could never get closer than ten as the Tigers went inside to junior post Olivia Douglas who scored 15 of her game high 20 points in the second half. For Hastings it was their third win of the season over the Minutemaids. Lexington ends the year at 3-21 as was led by Courtney Hanson who scored 13 points.
Southern Valley finishes year 14-11
Axtell Falls in Subdistrict Play
Elm Creek Headed to Lincoln
Axtell Falls to Southern Valley in Regular Season Finale
Holdrege Drops Two Games Before Districts
Arapahoe Falls in Regular Season Finale
Lady Warriors Fall in Subdistricts
Cambridge Gets Better of Bertrand
Lady Trojans Heading to District Finals