Central Nebraska Hoops
Elm Creek falls in D1-5 district final
A pair of familiar foes faced off in the D1-5 district final on Tuesday night as the #1 team in D1, Kenesaw, and Elm Creek faced off. It was Kenesaw who was able to prevail as they beat Elm Creek 48-43. Elm Creek had the lead at the end of the first quarter as the score read 12-9. In the second quarter, Kenesaw outscored Elm Creek 15-6 and they claimed the lead and at halftime, the score was 24-18. In the third quarter, Elm Creek came storming back as they were able to outscore Kenesaw 12-6. Entering the fourth period it was tied at 30. In the fourth period, Kenesaw started the quarter strong and kept things rolling as they closed out the game by outscoring Elm Creek 18-13 in the final quarter. Kenesaw was led by Will Gallagher as he scored 21 points. Elm Creek was led by eight points from Nate Fields and Karsten McCarter. Kenesaw will now set their sights on the state tournament in Lincoln with their 26-0 record. Elm Creek finishes the year at 16-9.
Overton upset by Ansley-Litchfield
Coming off of a bunny bracket win over Pleasanton, Ansley-Litchfield faced a very good Overton team. Ansley-Litchfield was able to upset Overton 72-68. The Spartans led 64-49 entering the final period. Overton made a made a comeback bid by outscoring Overton 19-8 but they were unable to finish the rally. Brenden Meier led Overton with 17 points. Overton finishes the year at 19-5.
Minden wins one, drops final game
Minden began subdistrict play last week and they won their first game and fell in the next one. Minden first took down Gibbon 76-49. Minden controlled the game with a 17-2 start and never looked back. Minden then fell to Kearney Catholic 55-42. Minden led 19-16 after the first quarter, but after that, the Stars outscored Minden 39-23. Minden finishes the season at 10-12.
Axtell falls to Wilcox-Hildreth
Axtell faced Wilcox-Hildreth last week in subdistrict play and the Wildcats couldn't keep up as they fell 65-44. Axtell was trailing 30-21 at halftime. In the second half, Wilcox-Hildreth kept things rolling as they outscored the Wildcats 35-23. Zach Hinrichs had 12 points for Axtell. The Wildcats finish the year at 6-17.
Axtell falls in district final
Axtell's girl's basketball team faced Red Cloud in the D2-4 district final and it was all Warriors as they won 60-35. Axtell was hanging tough in the first quarter as they trailed 16-15. After that, it was all Warriors as they outscored Axtell 44-20. Axtell finishes the season at 14-11.
Marhenke's 22, not enough, Ogallala advances
The top-seeded Cozad Haymakers ran into a determined, hot shooting Ogallala Indian team falling 65-54 in the first round of the C1-11 sub-district. Ogallala led from the outset and managed to answer every Cozad run. It was 16-12 at the end of the first quarter, 30-22 at halftime, and 51-39 at the end of the third quarter. During that time, the Haymakers cut into the lead, getting within three or four points. However, big shots by Clayton Murphy who scored 20 points on two consecutive nights, and Adam Kroeger, kept the Indians out front. The Haymakers were playing short handing without point guard Dillon Geiser. Starting in his place, freshman, Kadyn Marhenke had a great night scoring 22 points to lead all scorers. Trestian Siemering was the only other Haymaker in double-figures with 12. The three-point shooting, long a staple for Cozad, was missing mostly tonight, with credit going to Ogallala’s perimeter defense. The loss ends a remarkable year for the Haymakers as they finish 18-6.
Gothenburg falls in subdistricts
Gothenburg faced Ogallala to begin subdistrict play and the Swedes fell 65-52. Ogallala had a narrow lead of 30-29 at halftime. In the second half, Ogallala took over by outscoring the Swedes 35-23. Bennett Folkers led Gothenburg with 13 points. Gothenburg finishes with a record of 6-14.
Arapahoe wins first subdistrict contest, falls in the next, Bertrand falls finishes 8-13
Arapahoe began subdistrict play last week and they first took down Bertrand 49-37. Bertrand led at the end of the first quarter 12-11. In the second quarter, Arapahoe was able to tie things up before halftime at 19. In the second half, Arapahoe was able to take over by outscoring the Vikings 30-18. Arapahoe was led by 25 points from Jacob Pruitt. Bertrand finishes the season at 8-13. Arapahoe then fell to Medicine Valley 67-48. It was Medicine Valley who led Arapahoe 20-18. In the second half, Medicine Valley took over by outscoring Arapahoe 47-30. Arapahoe was led by 13 points from Carson Schroeder. Arapahoe finishes at 18-7.
SEM falls to Anselmo-Merna in subdistrict play
SEM faced Anselmo-Merna in subdistrict play and the Mustangs couldn't keep up as they fell 55-39. The Coyotes had a nice lead of 28-19 at halftime. In the second half, SEM just couldn't hang with the Mustangs as they were outscored 28-20. SEM finishes the season with a final record of 4-15.
Southern Valley falls in subdistrict final
Southern Valley faced DCS to begin subdistrict play and they took down the #1 seeded Tigers 53-52. Entering the fourth quarter, DCS led 42-41, but the Eagles outscored the Tigers 12-10 to capture the win. Chaston Burgeson had 23 points to lead Southern Valley. The Eagles then faced Cambridge and lost 62-42. The Eagles were ahead 15-9 after the first quarter, but the next three periods were dominated by Cambridge as they outscored Southern Valley 53-27. Burgeson had 11 points for Southern Valley. The Eagles finish the season at 6-17.
Lexington falls in first round of subdistricts, Holdrege falls to York
Holdrege picked a great time to play its best game of the season as the Dusters upset Lexington 85-78 in the first round of the Boys B-7 subdistrict on Monday night. The Dusters (8-14) exploded for a season-high 85 points in the win and avenged a loss earlier this season to Lexington. Coming into the game Holdrege was averaging just 49 points per game but found the rims to their liking on Monday as they hit 11 three-pointers. Leading the way were seniors Trent Hoeft who scored 25 and Charles Weed who chipped in with 24. Holdrege was a very efficient 11 for 17 from behind the three-point arc, compared to the Minutemen who were just 11 of 34. Lexington was led by sophomore Kaleb Carpenter who scored a season-high 18. Jake Leger had 17 points and five rebounds for Lexington who ends the year at 12-12 as they lost five out of their last six games to end the season. Holdrege then took down Hastings by a final score of 52-48. Holdrege then had to battle a very good York team and they lost 64-19 in that sub-state matchup.
Loomis falls in subdistrict final
Loomis began postseason play last week and they began with a 71-36 win over Elwood. Elwood trailed by just 11 at halftime as the scored read 27-16, but the second half was all Loomis as they outscored the Pirates 44-20. Loomis then faced Wilcox-Hildreth in the D2-8 subdistrict final and they fell 51-47. Wilcox-Hildreth had a narrow lead of 33-32 at the end of the third quarter and they were able to secure the win by outscoring Loomis 18-15 to capture the win. Loomis finishes the season at 18-6.
Alma falls to Medicine Valley
Alma faced off against Medicine Valley in subdistrict play and it was the Raiders that won 69-56. The Raiders started strong in the first quarter as they led 17-9. Medicine Valley then boosted their lead and at halftime, it was 31-20. In the second half, Medicine Valley outscored Alma 38-36 to hang on to the victory. Jackson McKenzie had 31 points for the Cardinals. Alma finishes the season at 12-11.
Elwood finishes the season 4-20, Knights finish year at 1-20
Elwood began subdistrict play last week and they won their first game and fell in the next contest. Elwood first took down Eustis-Farnam 41-36. Elwood led at halftime by a narrow margin as the score read 23-21. In the second half, Elwood outscored the Knights 18-15. Zacob Evans had 16 points for the Pirates. Elwood then fell to Loomis 71-36. Elwood trailed by just 11 at halftime as the scored read 27-16, but the second half was all Loomis as they outscored the Pirates 44-20. Elwood was led by Evans with nine points.
Elm Creek moves onto D-5 district final
Coming off of a win on Tuesday over Twin Loup on Tuesday, the Buffaloes faced Ansley-Litchfield in the D1-10 subdistrict final. Elm Creek was able to come away with the win as the final score read 68-57. Elm Creek used a strong first quarter in which they hit three, three-pointers in the quarter to make their lead 15-7. In the second quarter, Elm Creek went off. They hit seven three-pointers and scored 23 points. Ansley-Litchfield tried to stay in striking distance as they scored 17 and at halftime, it was 38-24 in favor of the Buffaloes. In the second half, the teams traded buckets and after the third period, it was 55-40. In the fourth quarter, the Spartans outscored Elm Creek 17-16, but the Buffaloes hung onto the win. Elm Creek moves onto 16-8 and they were led by 16 points from Gage Clabaugh and Trey Miner. Ansley-Litchfield finishes the season at 12-12 and they were led by 12 points from Christopher Paitz. Elm Creek will play in the D-5 subdistrict final on Tuesday against Kenesaw at 7 pm. That game can be heard on 880 KRVN, 106.9 FM, and krvn.com.
Overton takes down Gibbon
Overton faced Gibbon in their regular season finale and won by a final score of 64-55. Gibbon led 17-15 after the first quarter. In the second period, Overton was able to take the lead entering halftime with the score at 29-26. In the third quarter, it was tight but Overton advanced their lead to 46-42. In the final quarter, Overton outscored Gibbon 18-13 to secure the win. Braden Kizer had 23 points to lead the Eagles. Overton will play either Ansley-Litchfield or Pleasanton on Tuesday for subdistricts.
Eagles fall in subdistrict play
Overton began play in the D1-10 subdistrict play and they started with a win over Ansley-Litchfield 37-32. Overton had a lead of 30-18 entering the fourth quarter, but the Spartans scored 14 points, but Overton was able to hold them off for the win. Overton then faced 22-1 Pleasanton and lost 46-32. Pleasanton led 12-7 after the first quarter. Overton cut into the lead a little in the second period by outscoring Pleasanton 8-7 and at halftime, it was 19-15 in favor of Pleasanton. In the second half, Pleasanton took over by outscoring Overton 27-17. Overton finishes the season at 18-5.
Minden falls in a nail-biter
Minden faced off against a very good Broken Bow squad and they fell 53-52 in double overtime. Entering the first overtime, the score was knotted at 39. In the first overtime period, each team scored eight points. In the second overtime period, Broken Bow scored six points while holding Minden to five. Minden is 9-11 and will face Gibbon this week in subdistrict play.
Minden finishes season at 8-14
Minden's girl's basketball team faced Kearney Catholic to begin subdistrict play and it was the stars who won 51-31. Minden fell behind in the first half as the score read 26-10 at the intermission. In the second half, Kearney Catholic outscored Minden 25-21. Minden finishes the season at 8-14.
Dusters fall in two more games
Holdrege had two games last week and they fell in each contest. Holdrege first fell to York by a final score of 68-35. York outscored Holdrege 30-16 in the first half, then 38-19 in the second half. Holdrege then faced another tough opponent as they lost to Aurora 77-56. Aurora outscored Holdrege in each quarter by an average of about five points per quarter. Holdrege will face Lexington on Monday for subdistrict play. That game can be heard on 880 KRVN at 5:50 pm.
Holdrege ends season at 5-17
Holdrege began subdistrict play last week and they fell in their lone game. McCook was able to beat Holdrege by a final score of 49-36. McCook outscored Holdrege in the first half 27-15. In the second half, it was closer, but McCook was able to maintain their lead by outscoring Lexington 22-21. Cassidy Connell had 10 points for Holdrege. They finish the season at 5-17.
Elwood falls to Elm Creek
Elm Creek faced Elwood on Friday night and it was all Buffaloes as they won 80-32. Elm Creek jumped out to a 26-11 lead in the first quarter. Elm Creek didn't let up in the next three periods as they outscored the Pirates 54-21. Aaron Clouse had nine points to lead Elwood. The Pirates will face Eustis-Farnam Monday in subdistrict play.
Pirates finish the season at 12-12
Elwood's girl's basketball team faced Wilcox-Hildreth last week in subdistrict play. The Falcons beat the Pirates 46-43. Elwood trailed 35-25 entering the final quarter, but the Pirates made things interesting by outscoring the Falcons 18-11, but that wasn't enough to complete the comeback. Elwood was led by 15 points from Tiffany Dickau. Elwood finishes the season at 12-12.
Eagles soar over Wildcats
Axtell faced Southern Valley last week and it was the Eagles who won 82-45. The Eagles had a 39-24 first half to start strong. Southern Valley then outscored Axtell 43-21. Tyler Danburg had 13 points for Axtell. The Wildcats will begin subdistrict play this week against Wilcox-Hildreth.
Lady Wildcats advance to district final
Axtell began postseason play this past week and the Wildcats were able to advance to the district final. Axtell had a narrow lead of 20-16 at halftime. In the third quarter, Loomis cut into the lead and after the third period, the score was 31-28. In the final quarter, Axtell outscored Loomis 13-8 to win the game. Emme Nickel had 15 points for Axtell. Axtell then took down Wilcox-Hildreth 48-39. Axtell had a narrow lead of 27-24 entering the fourth quarter. In that final period, Axtell outscored the Falcons 21-15. Axtell will face Red Cloud on Friday for the right to play in Lincoln.
Cozad falls to McCook
Cozad faced McCook last week in their regular season finale and the Bison won 60-43. McCook had a 16-13 lead entering the second quarter, and in that second period, McCook extended their lead making it 33-26 at halftime. In the second half, McCook outscored Cozad 27-17. Cozad will either face Ogallala or Gothenburg this week in subdistricts.
Lady Haymakers fall in subdistricts
Cozad faced Ogallala in subdistrict play and they fell to the Indians. Ogallala trailed 37-35 entering the fourth quarter. In the final period, Ogallala outscored Cozad 13-11 to send it to overtime tied at 48. In the overtime period, Ogallala outscored Cozad 6-5 to win the game. Sadie Rush had 20 points to lead Cozad. Cozad finishes the year at 6-17.
Gothenburg falls to Ogallala in regular season finale
Gothenburg faced Ogallala last week in their regular-season finale and they fell 58-57. Gothenburg had a 46-40 lead heading into the final quarter, but Ogallala outscored the Swedes 18-11 to capture the win. AJ Whiting and Bennett Folkers had 15 points for Gothenburg. The Swedes will get another crack at the Indians in subdistricts this week.
Swedes fall in subdistrict final
Gothenburg's girl's basketball team began subdistrict play last week and they won their first game and fell in the second game. It was a #2 seed versus a #3 seed matchup between Gothenburg and Chase County on Tuesday night. The two squads were battling it out to see who would face Hershey in the girls C1-11 subdistrict championship on Thursday. It was the Swedes who were able to advance as they beat the Longhorns 43-37.Gothenburg led 10-7 after the first quarter but in the second period, it was Chase County who took over by scoring 11 points to Gothenburg’s seven and the halftime score was 18-17 in favor of the Longhorns.The third quarter was a struggle offensively for each team. Gothenburg scored six points while holding Chase County to five. Entering the final quarter the score was 23-23. In the fourth quarter, the offenses picked up as Gothenburg scored 20 points while holding Chase County to 14. Gothenburg was led by Gracie Stienike’s 11 points. Chase County was paced by Ragan Nickless. Chase County finishes the season at 12-11. Gracie Stienike’s 29 game-high points, weren’t enough as the Hershey Panthers knocked out Gothenburg in the C1-11 Subdistrict final 55-40 on Thursday night at North Platte High School.Hershey was the top-seed in the subdistrict, coming in with an 18-4 record, after a win over Ogallala, they were looking to avenge an early December loss to Gothenburg. The Swedes earned the No. 3 seed and made it to the finals by beating Chase County. The Panthers jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it. Gothenburg would fight back, getting to within two in the first quarter and one in the second half. However, every Swede run was matched by Hershey. Hershey was led by Ashley Hassett who finished with 24 points. Gothenburg finishes the season with 12-11 record.
Bertrand falls to Cambridge
Bertrand had their regular season finale last week and they fell to Cambridge 62-34. Cambridge started strong as they outscored Bertrand 34-10 in the first half. In the second half, Cambridge outscored Bertrand by a narrow margin, 28-24. Bertrand is now 7-12 and will face Hitchcock County in subdistrict play this week.
Lady Vikings fall to Alma
Bertrand began subdistrict play last week and they lost 44-35. Alma led 15-7 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Alma had a narrow lead at the end of the period of 22-18. In the third quarter, Alma outscored Bertrand 11-5 and led 33-23 entering the final quarter. In the final period, Bertrand outscored Alma 12-11 but couldn't get any closer. Bertrand finishes the season at 9-11.
Arapahoe falls in regular season finale
Arapahoe faced Alma this past week and they lost 63-56. Arapahoe had a big lead at halftime as the score read 34-24. In the second half, it was all Alma as they outscored Arapahoe 39-22. Spencer Watson led Arapahoe with 13 points. Arapahoe is now 17-6 and will either play Bertrand or Arapahoe in the D1-11 subdistrict.
Arapahoe girls finish the season with subdistrict loss
Arapahoe's girl's basketball team began subdistrict play last week and they won their first contests but fell in their other game. Arapahoe first took down Medicine Valley 37-28. Arapahoe started strong in the first half as they led 21-11. In the third quarter, Medicine Valley made a push and entering the fourth quarter it was 28-23 in favor of Arapahoe. In the final period, Arapahoe outscored Medicine Valley 9-5. Alayna Whipple had 15 points for Arapahoe. Arapahoe then fell to Hitchcock County by a final score of 63-44. The Falcons outscored Arapahoe by at least four points each quarter. Terri Hilker had 18 points for Arapahoe. The Warriors finish the season at 3-20.
Knights fall to the Raiders
Eustis-Farnam faced Medicine Valley last week. The Knights couldn't keep up with the Raiders as they fell 61-26. Eustis-Farnam is now 1-19 and will face Elwood this week to begin subdistrict play. The Knights fell to the Pirates earlier in the season 64-53.
Eustis-Farnam falls to Loomis
Eustis-Farnam's girl's basketball team began subdistrict play last week and fell to Loomis 76-30. Loomis jumped out to a 41-18 lead in the first half. The wolves kept things rolling by outscoring Eustis-Farnam 35-12 in the second half. Samantha Jack led Eustis-Farnam with 11 points. The Knights finish the season at 0-21.
SEM falls to South Loup
SEM had their regular season finale last week and they lost to South Loup 67-27. South Loup had a strong first half by outscoring SEM 38-14. In the second half, SEM couldn't keep up as they were outscored 29-13. SEM is now 4-14 and will face Anselmo-Merna this week in subdistrict play.
SEM girls fall in subdistrict play
SEM began postseason action last week and they beat their first opponent but fell in the second game. SEM first took down Elba 61-12. The Mustangs outscored Elba by an average of about 12 points per quarter. Sara Ripp had 16 points for SEM. SEM then fell to Riverside 59-28. SEM got in trouble right away as they fell behind 21-4 in the first quarter. In the next three periods, SEM was outscored 38-24. Joscelyn Soncksen had nine points for the Mustangs. SEM finishes the year at 4-16.