STROMSBURG – The Elm Creek Buffaloes fell short of a trip to Lincoln, falling to Walthill Saturday, 64-54 in the D1-5 district final.
A sluggish start in the first quarter doomed Elm Creek, turning the ball over 10 times and started the game 0-8 from the free throw line. Those miscues allowed Walthill to build a 16 point lead and momentum. The Buffaloes would rally in the final three periods, but the feisty Bluejay defense and potent offense of Walthill would thwart any comeback attempt by the Buffaloes.
Elm Creek saw the schools all time leading scorer, Trey Miner end his career with 20 points. He knocked in one of the only two threes by the Buffaloes. Fellow senior, Troy Brumels scored 16 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Carter Erickson chipped in eight points in the loss. Turnovers plagued Elm Creek, 23 in total. They also struggled from the free throw line, 9-21. After qualifying for their fourth straight district final, Elm Creek ends the season with a 15-7 record.
Walthill led from start to finish and qualified for the state tournament for the first time since 2016. They had two different players score in double figures. Kaden Sheridan led all scorers with 27 points and went 5-6 from the free throw line. Tyrese Lovejoy scored 17 points behind three treys. Jalen Merrick scored eight in the win. As a team, Walthill hit seven three pointers and limited the turnovers to nine.
Listen to the podcast version of the game below.