WEST POINT – West Point-Beemer and Oakland-Craig got together in High School Basketball in West Point Friday night as the Cadet Girls handed the Knights their first loss of the season with a 59-57 come from behind win while the Knights took the boys contest 63-44.
In the girls game, the game was tied at 11 at the end of the first quarter. Oakland-Craig outscored West Point-Beemer 16-10 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-21 lead into the locker room.
The Knights won the 3rd quarter 20-18 to go up 47-39 at the end of three.
The Cadets staged a comeback in the 4th quarter, however, holding the Knights to 6 points at one point in the quarter while taking the lead.
Oakland-Craig had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Sydney Guzinski’s right wing 3-pointer was blocked as time expired.
West Point-Beemer Head Coach Taylor Shepard says it was quite the win.
Sidney Swanson had a game-high 27 points for the Cadets. Reece Snodgrass added 9, all on free throws, while Brooklyn Weddle scored 7.
The Knights were led by Kennedy Benne, who had a team-high 20 points. Freshman Chaney Nelson added 13 while Sadie Nelson notched 9 and Mya Guzinski totaled 7.
Oakland-Craig falls to 22-1 on the season and faces either Mead or Cedar Bluffs in the C2-2 Sub-District Semifinals at Logan View Tuesday night.
West Point-Beemer improves to 20-5 on the year and faces Logan View/Scribner-Snyder in the C1-3 Sub-District Semifinals at Wisner-Pilger Tuesday night.
In the boys game, the Knights got out to a 15-5 lead after one. The Cadets battled back in the 2nd quarter, winning it 14-10 to make it a 25-19 game at halftime.
West Point-Beemer got to within 2 at 33-31 in the 3rd quarter before Oakland-Craig went on a 16-2 run spanning the 3rd and 4th quarters to build a 49-33 advantage.
Knights Head Coach Aaron Meyer says his team’s play was kind of up and down throughout the game.
Gunnar Ray led Oakland-Craig with 15 points while Colton Thomsen was also in double figures with 13. Wyatt Seagren and Jaron Meyer added 7 apiece.
The Cadets were led by Keegan Doggett, who had 15 points. Zach Vander Griend was also in double figures with 11.
West Point-Beemer falls to 4-18 on the season and hosts Fremont Bergan next Friday in the regular season finale. Oakland-Craig ends the regular season at 16-7.