Central Nebraska Hoops
Buffaloes Finish 4th At State
It’s been since 1975 that Elm Creek Boys had won a game in Lincoln at the State Tournament, but on Thursday morning that changed in a big way. #1 seeded Elm Creek took down three-time defending state champion and #8 seeded Lourdes Central Catholic 52-36. Elm Creek started behind in the first quarter trailing 11-8, but after that, the Buffaloes took over. Elm Creek outscored Lourdes Central Catholic 44-25 to run away with the victory. Elm Creek was led by Trey Miner and his 16 points and the Knights were led by Blake Miller with his 19 points.
Then Elm Creek battled eventual runner-up Archbishop Bergan and fell 56-39. It was tight at halftime, with scoring at a premium 18-16 in favor of the Knights. In the third quarter, Archbishop Bergan outscored Elm Creek 22-9, to lead 40-25 entering the final stanza. In the final quarter, the Knights closed out the game by outscoring the Buffaloes 16-14. Archbishop Bergan was led by Grant Frickenstein with 24 points and Elm Creek was paced by Trey Miner and his 18 points.
Elm Creek then faced Paxton in the 3rd and 4th place game. Unfortunately for Elm Creek, they fell in their final game of the season to the Tigers 62-48 and the size of Paxton was just too much for the Buffaloes. At one point in the first quarter, Elm Creek was down just 11-10, but then the Tigers went on a run that stretched all the way to halftime as Paxton led 39-21 at halftime. In the second half, Elm Creek outscored Paxton 27-23, but it was too little, too late. Paxton was led by 6’10 junior Blake Brewster as he scored 19 points. Elm Creek was paced by junior Gage Clabaugh and his 16 points. Paxton took home 3rd place and finished the season at 25-2. Elm Creek finishes 4th at Lincoln and their final record is 22-5. This year’s team achieved a lot throughout the season, including the first win at state since 1975.
Loomis Falls In First Round Of Class D2 Tournament
Turnovers became too high of a hill to climb as Loomis succumbed to the Osmond Tigers in the First Round of the Class D2 state playoffs 52-38. Loomis jumped out to an early lead over the highly-touted Tigers. The Wolves took at 13-8 lead into the second quarter and a 21-20 lead into halftime. Freshman Shay Swanson played well early scoring nine of his team-leading 13 points in the first half. However, even with the lead Loomis turned the ball over a lot. They finished with 24 turnovers, which led to 16 fewer shots than Osmond and doomed the Wolves chances in the second half, as the Tigers moved ahead by two points going into the fourth quarter, before outscoring Loomis 19-7 in the final stanza. Merrix Dunn was the leading scorer for Osmond with 14 points. Osmond moves on to play undefeated Riverside. Loomis falls to 19-7 on the season.
Lady Wolves Fall In D2-6 District Final
Loomis, the #6 seeded team in class D2 faced Sterling, the #11 seeded team in the D2-6 District Final on hopes of going to the State Tournament. Loomis lost in this one by a final score of 64-50. The difference in this game was the first quarter as Sterling jumped out to a 23-8 first quarter lead. After that, Loomis outscored Sterling 42-41, so that hole was too big to dig out of. Loomis was led by Darla Thorell and her 14 points and 10 rebounds. Loomis ends the season at 16-7.
Wolves Make State For The First Time Since 2012
Loomis picked up two wins in the D2-8 Subdistrict Tournament over Silverlake 60-36, then over Blue Hill 49-36 to advance to a District Final matchup on Monday. Loomis the #6 seed faced the #11 seed Stuart Broncos and won by a final count of 56-50. Loomis started with a strong first two quarters leading 32-22 at the intermission. In the second half, Loomis had to maintain that lead, and they were able to despite being outscored 28-24. Loomis was led by Aaron Dow as he scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Loomis will play in the Boys State Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 7th at 8:45 P.M. against Osmond and that game can be heard on KRVN.
Lady Wildcats Season Comes To A Close
The #16 seeded Axtell's girl's basketball team faced off in the D1-1 District Final against the #1 seeded North Platte St. Patricks. Axtell fell in this one 64-21. Trouble began in the first quarter as they were down 25-5 at the end of one. Not much changed after that as the Lady Wildcats were outscored 39-16 in the next three quarters. Axtell was led by six points from Camille Fishell. Axtell finishes the year at 12-14.
Wildcats Fall In D1-3 District Final
Axtell had two impressive wins last week in the D1-8 Subdistrict Tournament over Bertrand 50-48, then over Arapahoe 43-42. The Wildcats then faced Humprehy-Lindsay Holy Family in the D1-3 District Final for the right to play in Lincoln. Axtell fell to the Bulldogs 63-36. Axtell just couldn't keep up as they trailed at the end of the first half 40-19. In the second half, it was closer but the Bulldogs still outscored Axtell 23-17. Axtell's season ends at 13-12.
Lexington Falls To Skutt In B-4 District Final
Following a pair of wins in the B-7 Subdistricts over North Platte and McCook, each by a final score of 55-39, Lexington battled Omaha Skutt Catholic in the B-4 District Final. The #13 seeded Lexington Minutemen took the three-hour drive to Omaha on Monday for a matchup in the B-4 District Final against the #4 seeded Omaha Skutt Catholic Skyhawks. For the Minutemen this was the first time they had been in a District Final since 2008 and were searching for their first win in a District Final since 2002. Lexington was unable to secure the win as they fell to Skutt 66-59.
Lexington possessed the lead for the majority of the first quarter, but Skutt took the lead at the end of the period 15-13 and never relinquished it. The Skyhawks just continued their strong offense by outscoring in each period, even if it was by a narrow margin it was enough to get the job done against the Minutemen.
Skutt was led by Tyson Gordan at 15 points and Lexington was paced by senior Jake Leger as he had a fantastic game recording 22 points in his final game as a member of the Minutemen squad. Skutt moves to 22-4 and will compete in the Boys State Basketball Tournament March 7th-10th. Lexington's season comes to a close at 15-10.
Milford Knocks Cozad Out Of Postseason Play
Following a big win over Chase County in the first round of subs 64-46 then a loss to the #1 team in C-1 Ogallala 63-53, Cozad slid into a District Final against Milford and things didn't go the Haymakers way. The Milford Eagles and Cozad Haymakers met on Monday to decide the C1-6. The Eagles jumped out early and never looked back winning 58-35.
It was 14-7 after the first quarter led by Nate Mensik. Mensik, Bragan Meyer, and Grant Jakub all finished in double-figures for Milford. The Eagles used a tough 1-3-1 zone defense to stifled the Haymaker offense most of the night. Cozad scored eight points in the second quarter and seven points in the third quarter. Adam Cole led the way for Cozad with 10 points. With the loss, the Haymakers end the season with a very successful 19-7 record.
Overton Falls In D1-2 District Final
Following a 64-55 win over Pleasanton in subdistrict play, Overton faced Elm Creek in the D1-9 Subdistrict Final. Back on January 25th, Elm Creek and Overton faced off on the hardwood and it was the Buffaloes winning 76-71. On Thursday evening, it was a rematch for the two rivals in the D1-9 Subdistrict Final and it was the Eagles flipping the script and winning 76-63.
In the first quarter, Overton took control of the game leading 20-10. From there, they continued their strong play by heading to halftime with a lead of 39-28. In the second half, Elm Creek made a comeback bid by outscoring Overton 21-19 in the third quarter, trailing 58-49 entering the fourth quarter. But they couldn’t complete the comeback as Overton outscored the Buffaloes 18-14 to secure the win. Overton was paced by senior Braden Kizer with 21 points.
Overton then faced Lourdes Central Catholic on Monday in the D1-2 District Final and fell 49-28. It was an ice-cold shooting night for Overton as they posted a 17% shooting percentage in the loss. Senior Morgan Wallace had 12 points. Overton ends the season at 20-4.
Lady Buffaloes Fall To Ponca In C2-5 District Final
Elm Creek was trying to get to Lincoln to the Girl's State Basketball Tournament this weekend as they faced Ponca in the C2-5 District Final. Unfortunately, Elm Creek's basketball season ended as they lost 62-37. Elm Creek trailed 38-31 entering the final period, but a 24-6 final quarter to secure the win. Elm Creek ends the year at 19-5.
Elm Creek Boys Headed To Lincoln
Elm Creek began postseason play last week and it ran clear to Monday of this week with the poor weather. Following a 73-43 win over Elwood, Elm Creek faced Overton. Back on January 25th, Elm Creek and Overton faced off on the hardwood and it was the Buffaloes winning 76-71. On Thursday evening, it was a rematch for the two rivals in the D1-9 Subdistrict Final and it was the Eagles flipping the script and winning 76-63.
In the first quarter, Overton took control of the game leading 20-10. From there, they continued their strong play by heading to halftime with a lead of 39-28. In the second half, Elm Creek made a comeback bid by outscoring Overton 21-19 in the third quarter, trailing 58-49 entering the fourth quarter. But they couldn’t complete the comeback as Overton outscored the Buffaloes 18-14 to secure the win. Elm Creek was led by Trey Miner and his 21 points.
Elm Creek then faced Emerson-Hubbard in the D1-1 District Final and won 50-40. The Buffaloes who were the FKC regular season champs are 21-3 on the season and will face off against defending State Champion Nebraska City Lourdes who beat Overton in the D1-2 District Final. This year’s trip to Lincoln will be the first for Elm Creek since 2014. The Elm Creek vs Lourdes game can be heard on Thursday morning March 7th at 9am on KAMI Country Legends, 92.7 FM and KRVN.com.
Alma Falls To Hastings St. Cecilia In C2-9 Subdistrict Final
In the first round of the C2-9 Subdistrict Tournament, Alma beat Sandy Creek 50-47 behind 21 points from Jackson McKenzie. Then they faced Hastings St. Cecilia and lost 44-28. Alma Was outscored in each period, which made it tough to hang with the Blue Hawks. McKenzie had 10 points for Alma. The Cardinals finish the season at 9-13.
Arapahoe Falls In D1-8 Subdistrict Final
Arapahoe started strong in postseason play with a win over the #1 Wilcox-Hildreth 45-40, a game in which Gentry Anderson had 19 points and 12 rebounds. But the Warriors then faced Axtell in the d1-8 Subdistrict Final and lost 42-41. Arapahoe trailed entering the final period 32-22, but the Warriors made a furious comeback, but couldn't complete it falling by one point. Arapahoe was led by Anderson with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Arapahoe's season ends at 11-16.
Eagles Fall To Rival Trojans In C2-11 Subdistrict
Southern Valley competed in the C2-11 Subdistrict Tournament this past week and fell in the first round. The Eagles battled their rival Cambridge and lost 57-46. Southern Valley dug themselves a hole in this game begin down as much as 49-22 in the fourth quarter, and could never recover. Southern Valley ends the year at 15-10.
Knights Season Ends At The Hands Of The Wildcats
Last week Eustis-Farnam began subdistrict play in the D2-9 section and they first faced Brady and won 62-60. The Knights were down entering the final quarter 44-42, but a 10-8 final quarter tied things up and the teams went to overtime. Eustis-Farnam then duplicated that fourth-quarter effort in overtime by outscoring Brady 10-8 to get the win.
The Knights then faced Wallace and lost 49-32. The Knights just couldn't keep up with the Wildcats in this ball game falling by 17 points. Eustis-Farnam ends the season at 6-18.
SEM's Season Ends Against Blue Hill
SEM began subdistrict play against Blue Hill and they ended up falling to the Bobcats 55-28. SEM was hanging around in the first quarter down 16-9, but after that Blue Hill took over. The Bobcats outscored the Mustangs 39-19 in the next three quarters to secure the win. SEM ends the season at 4-15.
Vikings Fall To Axtell To End Season
Bertrand faced Axtell in the first round of the D1-8 Subdistrict Tournament and lost 50-48. The Vikings had a solid lead entering the final quarter 37-31, but big-time fourth quarter from Axtell as they outscored Bertrand 19-11 to take the two-point victory. Bertrand ends their season at 9-14.
Holdrege Boys End Season At 8-15 With Loss To McCook in B-7 Subdistrict
McCook hit two late three-pointers to erase a four-point deficit as they beat Holdrege 38-37 in the other game at the B-7. Trailing 36-32 late in the fourth quarter, Seniors Gabe Sehnert and Seth Dugger hit back to back three’s to help the Bison keep its season going. Holdrege had a chance to tie late in the fourth but a lane violation waived off a made free throw from Tate Florell that could have tied the game. Jackson Hillyard’s runner at the buzzer just skipped off the rim as the Holdrege’s season comes to an end at 8-15. Hillard led Holdrege with 12 points while McCook who is now 9-11 was led by Seth Dugger who scored 14.
Elwood Ends Season At 3-19
Elwood faced Elm Creek in the D1-9 Subdistrict Tournament and fell to the Buffaloes 73-43. It was a struggle from the outset for Elwood as they trailed 27-6 at the end of the first quarter. Following that, it somewhat leveled out, but the Buffaloes still outscored the Pirates 46-37 in the final three quarters. Zacob Evans had a fantastic final game of the year recording 24 points. Elwood ends their season at 5-19.
Swedes Fall In C1-11 Subdistrict Contest
The Hershey Panthers ended the Gothenburg Swede season with a 46-28 win on Monday night in the first round of the C1-11 subdistricts. Jacob Gosnell led the way with 22 points for the Panthers as they notch win number 16 on the year. Hershey led by four points after the first quarter and sustained that lead into halftime, 21-17. Cayden Spearman added eight points and Andrew Weitzel chipped in with seven points. The Panthers will now take on top-seeded Ogallala who is 23-0.
Gothenburg was led in scoring by Josh Olson, who finished his career with nine points on the night. With the loss, Gothenburg ends the season at 5-17.
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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.