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Loomis To Play In D2-5 District Final
Following an impressive win over Eustis-Farnam in the first round of subdistrict play with a final score of 59-11 and Alexis Billeter scoring 13, the Lady Wolves then faced Bertrand. Loomis won over Bertrand by a final score of 46-37. Bertrand jumped out to a 14-10 lead in the first quarter, but in the next three periods, Loomis outscored Bertrand 36-23 to grab the victory. Darla Thorell led Loomis with 13 points. Loomis is 16-6 and will face Sterling in the D2-5 District final on Saturday.
Loomis Beats Maxwell
Loomis faced Maxwell in their regular season finale and won 70-44. This was a good win for the Wolves heading into postseason play. Loomis will compete in the D2-8 Subdistrict Tournament and play either Silver Lake or Red Cloud on Tuesday at 4:30 P.M. in Minden.
Alma Falls In D1-10 Subdistrict Game
Alma faced Axtell in the first round of the D1-10 Subdistrict tournament 55-42. Axtell had a monster first half leading 32-22. In the second half, they continued their strong play by outscoring Alma 23-20. Dakota Hughes and Carlee Stuhmer each had 10 points to lead Alma. Alma finishes the season at 11-12.
Alma Beats Arapahoe in Regular Season Finale
Alma faced Arapahoe in their regular season finale and won 65-58. Arapahoe led 36-28 at halftime, but a 20-4 third quarter allowed Alma to take a 48-40 lead into the final quarter, and eventually secure the win. Alma was led by Jackson McKenzie as he scored 26 points and 10 rebounds as well. Alma will face Sandy Creek Tuesday in the C2-9 Subdistrict Tournament.
Arapahoe Falls To Elwood To End Season
Arapahoe started in the bunny-bracket of the D1-10 Subdistrict against Elwood and lost 47-37. Elwood had two strong halves outscoring Arapahoe 22-20 in the first and 25-17 in the second. Joslyn North had a big game with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Warriors. Arapahoe ends the season at 7-17.
Warriors Third Quarter Collapse Causes Loss To Alma
Arapahoe faced off against RPAC foe Alma on Friday night and lost 65-58. Arapahoe led 36-28 at halftime, but a 20-4 third quarter allowed Alma to take a 48-40 lead into the final quarter, and eventually secure the win. Arapahoe was led by Yordi Gutierrez and his 19 points. Arapahoe will face Franklin Monday in the D1-8 Subdistrict Tournament.
Minden Finishes Season At 10-14
Minden competed in the C1-9 Subdistrict Tournament this past week and beat Gibbon initially, then fell to GICC. Minden trailed entering the final quarter 25-22, but a 9-5 final period in favor of Minden allowed the Lady Whippets to secure the win. Sarah Hultquist led Minden with nine points.
Minden then fell to GICC 54-23. The Lady Crusaders outscored Minden by at least three points in each period to secure the victory. Jaden Donley had 10 points to lead Minden in this ball game. Minden finishes the season at 10-14.
Minden Loses To Broken Bow
Minden faced Broken Bow in their regular season finale. The Whippets fell to the Indians in this final game of the regular season 72-52. Minden will face Gibbon on Monday in the C1-9 Subdistrict Tournament at 7:00 P.M. at Grand Island High School.
Southern Valley Lady Eagles Finish Season at 9-18
Southern Valley competed in the C2-11 Subdistrict Tournament last week and won in their first matchup, then fell in the next round. The Lady Eagles beat Maxwell 52-35. Southern Valley used a steady offensive output and strong defense throughout the game. Southern Valley then ended their season with a loss to South Loup 52-33. Southern Valley ends their season at 9-18.
Southern Valley Beats Axtell In Final Regular Season Game
Southern Valley had one game last week and beat Axtell 43-39. Axtell had a lead of 10-5 in the first quarter, but that changed quickly as Southern Valley outscored Axtell 38-29 in the next three quarters. Southern Valley is 15-9 and will face Cambridge in the first round of the C2-11 Subdistrict Tournament on Tuesday at 7:45 P.M. at Cozad.
Axtell Moves To District Final
Axtell began subdistrict play last week and won the D1-10 Tournament. Axtell began with a win over Alma 55-42. Axtell had a monster first half leading 32-22. In the second half, they continued their strong play by outscoring Alma 23-20. Axtell was led by Erica Bertrand as she poured in 21 points and nine rebounds.
Axtell the #3 seed then faced the #1 seeded Overton Lady Eagles and won 42-37. Overton fell to the Lady Wildcats 42-37. Overton had a lead at the end of the first half 21-20, but things changed in the second half. The teams were tied up at the end of the third quarter 29-29, but a 13-8 final quarter from Axtell allowed them to secure the win. Erica Bertrand continued her strong play with 18 points. Axtell is now 12-13 and will face St. Patricks on Friday in the D1-1 District Final at Arapahoe against St. Patricks at 7:30 P.M.
Axtell Falls In Regular Season Finale
Axtell battled Southern Valley in their regular season finale and lost in a close one 43-39. Axtell had a lead of 10-5 in the first quarter, but that changed quickly as Southern Valley outscored Axtell 38-29 in the next three quarters. Axtell was led by Jake Wehrer and Brennan Runge each scored 10 points in this one. Axtell is 11-11 and will face Bertrand in the first round of the D1-8 Subdistrict Tournament on Tuesday at 7:30 P.M.
Lady Knights Finish Season At 1-22
Eustis-Farnam competed in the D2-7 Subdistrict Tournament and were bounced out in the first round by Loomis 59-11. The Lady Knights had a rough first two periods as they trailed 43-3 at halftime. In the second half, it was Loomis who outscored Eustis-Farnam again, 16-8. The Lady Knights were led by Gretchen Hodge and her eight points. The Lady Knights finished the year at 1-22.
Knights Finish Regular Season With Win
Eustis-Farnam hosted Medicine Valley on Friday night and won 66-48. The Knights trailed 13-11 at the end of the first quarter, but the Knights took over after that. Eustis-Farnam outscored the Raiders 55-35 in the next three periods. Eustis-Farnam will battle Brady in the first round of the D2-9 Subdistrict on Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. in Maxwell.
Lexington Finishes Season at 7-19
Following a win over McCook 50-25 in the first round of the B-7 Subdistrict Tournament in which Sarah Treffer had 18 points, Lexington faced North Platte. Following their first win in subdistrict play since 2011, Lexington had to face a familiar foe on Wednesday night for the opportunity to play on Saturday in their quest to Lincoln. Lexington had fallen to North Platte earlier in the season, and in this contest, the Minutemaids fell 50-27.
That final score is deceiving as the Minutemaids trailed at the intermission by just three, 15-12, but the second half was a different story. North Platte came out firing on all cylinders as they scored 22 points in the third period to Lexington’s nine. In the final quarter, North Platte outscore Lexington again, this time 12-6 en route to their victory. Lexington was paced by freshman Cordelia Harbison and her 10 points. Lexington finishes the season at 7-19.
Lexington Wins Final Regular Season Game
Lexington faced off against Northwest on Friday in their final game of the regular season and won 66-58. The Minutemen used a strong first half leading 36-24 at the intermission. In the second half, Lexington was outscored 34-30, but the Minutemen hung on for the win. Dylan Richman had a big game with 20 points and five assists. Lexington will face North Platte in the B-7 Subdistrict contest on Monday. You can hear that game on 880 KRVN and 106.9 FM with pregame at 7:30 P.M.
SEM Season Ends at 8-14
The SEM girl's basketball team began postseason play last week and won their first game then lost their second. SEM took down Twin Loup 30-28. The Lady Mustangs were down 21-20 entering the final period, but a 10-7 final quarter allowed SEM to win the game. SEM was led Lindsey Dittmar has she had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
SEM then faced the #1 team in class D1 Pleasanton and lost 66-35. Pleasanton outscored SEM in each period by at least seven points per quarter. Dittmar and Sidney Ripp each had 11 points for the Lady Mustangs. SEM finishes the season with a record of 8-14.
Lady Vikings Fall To Rival In D2-7 Subdistrict Game
Bertrand competed in postseason play last week and won their first-round matchup, then fell in their next. Bertrand first took down Wilcox-Hildreth 46-33. Bertrand did the bulk of their damage in the first half getting a comfortable lead of 33-16 at the intermission. Following that, Bertrand was outscored 17-13 but was able to get the win.
Bertrand then faced their rival Loomis and lost 46-37. Bertrand jumped out to a 14-10 lead in the first quarter, but in the next three periods, Loomis outscored Bertrand 36-23 to grab the victory. Bertrand finished the season at 13-12.
Bertrand Can't Keep Up With Trojans, Prep For Postseason Play
Bertrand faced Cambridge on Friday and fell by a final score of 63-55. Bertrand started strong with a 19-14 lead in the first quarter, but things changed quickly. The Trojans outscored the Vikings 52-36 in the next three periods to grab the victory. Bertrand was led by Arik Ackerman as he scored 19 points for the Vikings. Bertrand is 9-13 and will face Axtell in the D1-8 Subdistrict Tournament starting Tuesday in Southern Valley at 7:30 P.M.
Cozad Falls To Gothenburg In C1-11 Subdistrict Battle
The Gothenburg Swedes survived 22 turnovers en route to beating Cozad 53-41 and snapping a ten-game losing streak. The Swedes move on to play top-seeded Ogallala on Wednesday night. Gothenburg jumped out to an early 15-8 lead after the first quarter. Cozad chipped away at the lead and was only down by four points at halftime. The Haymakers took a lead midway thru the third quarter; Gothenburg rebuilt their lead before the end of the quarter going up by eight points. Abigail Cornelius was the leading scorer for the Haymakers with 14 points. Brenna Dugan finished her successful basketball career with 10 points in the game. Cozad ends the year at 5-18.
Haymakers Beat McCook In Final Game Of Regular Season
Cozad played McCook this past week and came away with a narrow win 53-45. Cozad trailed at the intermission 22-21 but used a 32-23 second half to get the win. Kadyn Marhenke had 16 points to lead the Haymakers. Cozad is 18-5 and will face Chase County on Tuesday in the C1-11 Subdistrict Tournament. That game can be heard on KAMI Country Legends with pregame set for 6:50 P.M.
Holdrege Finishes Season 4-18
The Holdrege girl's basketball team competed in the B-7 Subdistrict Tournament this past week and the Lady Dusters were bounced in the first round. Holdrege fell to the North Platte Lady Bulldogs 54-37. Holdrege was outscored in each period by the Lady Bulldogs, making it tough to come back in this game. Holdrege ends their season at 4-18.
Holdrege Falls To Aurora In Final Regular Season Game
Holdrege faced the #2 team in Class B Aurora this past week and lost 72-41. The Dusters found themselves in a deep hole at halftime, 51-17. In the second half, Holdrege did outscore Aurora 24-22, but it was too little, too late. Holdrege will compete in the B-7 Subdistrict Tournament on Monday against McCook, that game can be heard on 880 KRVN and 106.9 FM with pregame at 7:30 P.M.
Elwood Falls In Second Round Of Subdistricts
Elwood started in the bunny-bracket of the D1-10 Subdistrict against Arapahoe and won 47-37. Elwood had two strong halves outscoring Arapahoe 22-20 in the first and 25-17 in the second. The Lady Pirates then followed it up with a loss to Overton 50-44 to end their season. Elwood finishes the season at 7-16.
Elwood Can't Keep Up With Elm Creek
Elwood had one game this past week for their regular season finale and the Pirates lost 65-29. The Buffaloes started out behind in this contest 14-13 at the end of the first, but that changed, quickly. In the next two periods, Elm Creek outscored Elwood 45-4 to capture the victory. Elwwod had a great game from Zacob Evans as he recorded 18 points. Elwood will have face Elm Creek again on Tuesday in the first round of the D1-10 Subdistrict Tournament.
Lady Eagles Season Comes To A Close
Overton began subdistrict play strong as they took down Elwood 50-44 in the first round, led by 18 points from Jayce Wallace, but the Eagles fell in the next round to Axtell. Overton fell to the Lady Wildcats 42-37. Overton had a lead at the end of the first half 21-20, but things changed in the second half. The teams were tied up at the end of the third quarter 29-29, but a 13-8 final quarter from Axtell allowed them to secure the win. Haley Fleishman had a fantastic game recording 16 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win. Overton finishes the season at 16-7.
Overton Wins Final Regular Season Game
Overton battled against Gibbon in their regular season finale and came away with a nice win over the Buffaloes 67-60. Overton started the game with a really strong first half leading 41-31, and then followed it up with a steady offensive output and solid defense to secure the win. Morgan Wallace had a monster game with 30 points, including 9-9 shooting from two-point range. Overton will face Pleasanton on Tuesday in the D1-9 Subdistrict Tournament hosted by Holdrege.
Lady Swedes Season Ends At 6-17
Following a first-round subdistrict win over Cozad 53-4, Gothenburg faced Ogallala. Top-seeded Ogallala knocked off Gothenburg 44-33. Both teams struggled to score early on. Poor shooting and turnovers led to an 8-4 lead for the Indians at the end of the first quarter. Ogallala extended their lead to 25-15 at the half. Gothenburg was able to close the gap to four points in the third quarter, before another run by the Indians led to a ten point lead at the end of the quarter.
Ogallala was able to hold onto their advantage in the Fourth quarter. The Swedes were able to cut the lead to eight at the end of the game but would get no closer. Gothenburg’s Alexis Bliven led all scorers with 12 points, Annica Harm chipped in with 10 points. The Lady Swedes finish the year at 6-17.
Swedes Fall Big In Regular Season Finale
Gothenburg played one game this past week and it was a loss to Ogallala. The Swedes fell to the Indians 93-40. The Swedes struggled to keep up with the #2 team in Class C1. Ogallala will face Hershey on Monday at 6:30 P.M. in Sutherland to begin subdistrict play.
Lady Buffaloes Advance To District Finals
It was the beginning of subdistrict play this past week on the girl's side of things and Elm Creek was able to find success with a pair of wins. Elm Creek first took down Amherst 53-43. It was slow going in the first half as Elm Creek led 14-9 at the half, but a 39-34 second half in favor of the Lady Buffaloes. Elm Creek was led Allie Bauers 19 points.
Elm Creek then took down South Loup 35-28. The Lady Buffaloes entered the second half with a 16-13 lead, but a 19-15 second half allowed Elm Creek to pull away and get the win. Elm Creek was led by Whitney Bauer as she scored 11 points. Elm Creek will face Ponca on Friday in the C2-5 District final in Seward and the winner will advance to Lincoln for State.
Elm Creek Pushes Win Total to 19
Elm Creek had one game this past week and beat Elwood 65-29. The Buffaloes started out behind in this contest 14-13 at the end of the first, but that changed, quickly. In the next two periods, Elm Creek outscored Elwood 45-4 to capture the victory. Elm Creek was led by Trey Miner with 17 points and Gage Clabaugh with 12. Elm Creek is now 19-2 and will play Elwood in the first round of the D1-10 Subdistrict on Tuesday.
Loomis Now 14-6
Following a 72-17 win over Eustis-Farnam in which Darla Thorell had 17 points and 16 rebounds, the Loomis Lady Wolves played a top-3 team in D-1, Pleasanton. Loomis fell in this contest by a final score of 63-47. The Lady Wolves led 12-11 at the end of the first, but things changed quickly after that.
Pleasanton used a 23-7 second period to take control of the game and never look back. Thorrell led Loomis again, this time with nine points. Loomis is 14-6 and will face Eustis-Farnam in the D2-7 subdistrict on Tuesday.
Wolves Take Two Of Three
Following a pair of wins in the past week, the first over Eustis-Farnam 80-42 and the second over Pleasanton 48-34, Loomis faced the #2 team in class D2 Riverside. The Wolves fell to the Chargers by a final score of 72-59. This was a tough opponent Loomis ran into, but the Wolves will look to learn from that loss. Loomis will face Maxwell in Friday and look to get back to their winning ways.
Lady Cardinals Take One Of Two
Alma had a pair of games last week and they went .500 in those games. Alma first took down Northern Valley 65-23. Alma started strong and never looked back as they led 40-16 at halftime. In the second half, they didn't slow down as they outscored the Lady Huskies 25-7. Carlee Stuhmer had 19 points to lead Alma.
Alma then faced Cambridge and lost 62-50. Alma found themselves behind 18-4 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Cardinals outscored Cambridge 46-44 in the last three quarters but that initial deficit was too much to overcome. Alma is 11-11 and will face Axtell in D1-10 subdistrict play.
Alma Drops Two Games
Alma had two games during last week's action and they lost both games. Alma first fell to the 17-1 Northern Valley Huskies, 85-49. Alma was outscored in each quarter by a heft margin, making it hard to come back. Jackson McKenzie had an outstanding game for Alma with 25 points, but the Carindlas couldn't slow down the Huskies.
Alma then fell to Cambridge 64-53. Alma was down big at the end of the first half 40-13, but Alma made a furious comeback effort by outscoring Cambridge 40-24, but it wasn't enough to complete the comeback. McKenzie had 28 points for the Cardinals. Alma is 7-12 and will battle Arapahoe on Friday.
Lady Warriors Split Contests
Arapahoe's girl's basketball team had two games during the past week and they went 1-1 in those games. Arapahoe first faced off against rival Cambridge and lost 49-26. Arapahoe struggled in the first and third quarters as they were outscored 31-8 in those two periods. Arapahoe was led by Terri Hilker as she recorded 16 points.
Arapahoe then won a grind-it-out contest over Bertrand as they beat the Lady Vikings 28-15. The Lady Warriors used stingy defense as the quarter-by-quarter results were 5-3, 15-9, 20-12, and 28-15. Joslyn North led Arapahoe with 12 points. Arapahoe is now 7-16 and will compete in the D1-10 subdistrict tournament this week in Southern Valley.
Arapahoe Wins One Of Two Close Battles
Arapahoe battled in two ball games last week and went 1-1 in those contests. Arapahoe first fell to Cambridge 58-56 in overtime. Arapahoe was down 43-42 entering the final quarter, but a 9-8 fourth quarter, Arapahoe tied things up and forced overtime. In the overtime period, Cambridge outscored the Warriors 7-5 to get the victory. Yordi Gutierrez had 24 points for the Warriors.
Arapahoe then bounced back and beat Bertrand 55-54. The Vikings had the lead in the final seconds but a pair of free throws from Carson Shroeder gave Arapahoe the one-point lead, then the last second shot from Bertrand was no good. Gentry Anderson led the Warriors with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Arapahoe is 9-14 and will face Alma this week on Friday.
Lady Whippets Fall In Regular Season Finale
Minden had just one game last week and the Lady Whippets fell in that contest to Wood River 59-29. Wood River imposed their will early as at the intermission they led Minden 33-9. In the second half, Wood River used another strong half by outscoring Minden, 26-20. Minden was led by Sarah Hultquist with eight points. Minden is 9-13 and will face Gibbon in the C1-9 subdistrict tournament on Monday in Kearney.
Minden Falls To 5-15
Minden had one game during the past week and fell 5o Wood River 50-47. The Whippets were down 32-28 entering the final quarter, as the Whippets outscored Wood River 19-18, but that wasn't enough to get the win as they fell short. Minden is 5-15 and will face Broken Bow on Friday in their regular-season finale.
Axtell Advances Win Total To 10
Axtell had a pair of ball games last week and they were able to win both games. Axtell beat Elwood first 51-46. Elwood was down entering the final period 41-31, but the Lady Pirates tried to make things interesting by outscoring Axtell 15-10 in the final quarter, falling just short of completing the comeback.
Axtell then faced Southwest and won 38-21. This was a big win for Axtell as they are now 10-13 and look to keep things rolling in subdistrict play. Axtell is 10-13 and will battle Alma on Tuesday in D1-10 subdistrict play at Southern Valley.
Axtell Now 11-10
Axtell had two games last week and won both of them. Axtell first beat Elwood 53-46. Elwood had the lead at halftime 24-19, but Axtell stormed back by outscoring Elwood 34-22 to capture the win. Tyler Danburg had 14 points for Axtell and Zach Hinrichs pitched in 13 points as well.
Axtell then faced Southwest and won 62-44. It was a close game at halftime as Axtell led 26-20 but in the second half, Axtell outscored Southwest 36-24. Axtell had five players in double figures as Danburg had 15 points, Jake Wehrer had 13, Creighton Kring had 12, and Brennan Runge and Hinrichs each had 11 as well. Axtell is 11-10 and will face Southern Valley on Friday.
Lady Knights Drop Three Games
It was a tough week of basketball for Eustis-Farnam as the Lady Knights dropped all three of their games. Eustis-Farnam was outscored in these three games 199-49. They began with a loss to Overton 66-20.
Then they fell to Loomis 72-17, Gretchen Hodge did have a solid game for Eustis-Farnam recording nine points. In the final game of the week for Eustis-Farnam, they fell to South Loup 61-12. Eustis-Farnam will now face Loomis on Tuesday in D2-7 subdistrict play in Minden.
Eustis-Farnam Falls Three Times During The Past Week
Eustis-Farnam had three games last week and they fell in all three of those games. Overton was the first opponent and the Knights fell 83-38. Overton used a pair of strong halves as they outscored Eustis-Farnam 54-23 in the first two periods and then 31-15 in the second two quarters.
Loomis then took down Eustis-Farnam 80-42. In quarters one, two and four, Loomis outscored the Knights 59-19 to distance themselves from Eustis-Farnam. This made it tough for the Knights to stick with Loomis.
The Knights then fell to South by a final score of 68-47. It was a high scoring first half for South Loup that made life rough on Eustis-Farnam as they led 44-24 at halftime. In the second half, South Loup outscored Eustis-Farnam again, but this time it was 24-23. The Knights are 4-16 and will face Medicine Valley this week.
SEM Girl's Split Contests
Following a 39-30 win over Twin Loup, SEM hosted Overton in their regular-season finale. The Lady Mustangs fell in this one by a final score of 40-31. SEM started with a 4-0 lead in the first couple of minutes in the game, but after that, Overton took over leading 11-6 at the end of the first. Overton used a steady output of offense and stingy defense as they outscored SEM 29-25 in the final three periods.
SEM was led by Lindsey Ditmar as she recorded 10 points. The Lady Mustangs are 7-13 and will face Twin Loup on Monday in the D1-9 subdistrict tournament in Broken Bow.
Mustangs Drop Two Games
SEM had a pair of games last week and they dropped both contests making their record now 4-15. Following a 53-42 loss to Twin Loup on Tuesday, SEM hosted Overton and lost 69-37. It wasn’t the cleanest game on the court as both teams struggled with turnovers early on, but eventually, both teams found their footing.
The Eagles used a 1-2-2 press to force 28 turnovers in this game to get the victory. SEM was led by Carson Rhode as he scored 21 points for SEM. The Mustangs are 4-15 and will face South Loup on Friday in their regular-season finale.
Lady Vikings Now 11-11
What started out as a tough week for Bertrand, ended up with a win at the end of the week. Coming up off of a pair of losses earlier in the week, the first to Blue Hill 40-21 and then Arapahoe 28-15, the Lady Vikings then hosted Kenesaw in their regular season finale. Bertrand was able to come away with a solid win over Kenesaw on Saturday 39-30.
Bertrand started behind at the end of the first quarter 10-6, but then steadily climbed their way back into the game. At halftime, they were down 13-11, but in the second half, Bertrand outscored the Lady Bluedevils 28-17 to grab the win. Bertrand is 11-11 and will face Wilcox-Hildreth in the first round of the D2-7 subdistrict tournament on Tuesday in Minden.
Bertrand Drops Three Games
It was a busy week for Bertrand with three games and for the Vikings, they were unable to get a win in any of those games. Bertrand began with a 59-49 loss to Blue Hill, then hosted Arapahoe on Friday. The Vikings fell to Arapahoe 55-54. The Vikings had the lead in the final seconds but a pair of free throws from Carson Shroeder gave Arapahoe the one-point lead, then the last second shot from Bertrand was no good. Tyler Callahan led Bertrand with 16 points.
Bertrand then faced the #7 team in Class D-1, Kenesaw and lost 56-44. Bertrand found themselves down big at halftime 41-22. In the second half, Bertrand did outscore Kenesaw 22-15, but it was too little, too late. Callahan had nine for the Vikings. Bertrand is 9-12 and will face Cambridge on Friday.