Bison girls advance at B-5 tourney
KEARNEY -- The McCook Bison girls basketball team rolled past Grand Island Northwest 41-23 Monday night and advanced to the Nebraska Class B-5 district semifinals against Holdrege tonight.
The B-5 tournament is being hosted by the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Austin Wilson and Joanna Bryant each scored 8 points and Tara Powell and Lindsey Hazlitt each scored 7 for the Bison, who improved to 12-13.
Kelsee Meissner scored 5 points, Melissa Lyster 3 and Brianna Watkins 3.
Kali Lyons, Audrie Krepcik, Ashley Palic, Hanah Swanhorst and Sydney Jumps played but did not score.
Hazlitt pulled down 7 rebounds, Wilson 6, Powell 4, Meissner 4, Jumps 3 and Bryant 3. Bryant had 3 assists and 1 blocked shot. Wilson had 4 steals.
Wilson, Powell, Lyster and Bryant each had one 3-pointer.
Jenna Rouzee led the Vikings (2-17) with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Shayna Schacher also had 9 rebounds and Julie Stoltenberg 7.
McCook overcame 9-for-42 field goal shooting (21.4 percent) because the Bison held GINW to 14.8 percent shooting (8-of-54).
Both teams committed 19 turnovers.
The girls did a great job defensively of getting out and pressuring the shooters the entire game," said McCook coach Barry Schaeffer. "We set some goals for the game that we knew would put us in position to win the game.
"We wanted to hold our turnovers down, which for the most part we did. We had a few later in the game that maybe we could have done a little better job, but overall I was pleased with how we took care of the ball.
"We wanted to outrebound them and we did that, not by as much as we wanted but we did out rebound them. We had a goal of 70 percent from the free throw line and we did that as well.
"We got great contributions from everyone. We will need the same tonight, Holdrege is one of the top teams in our class and in the state we must bring our best game to have a chance to upset them.
"The girls just need to keep playing with great intensity on defense and make sure we make our offensive possessions count.
"I know that they will play as hard as they can, and as long as they do that they will have a chance to be successful."
Holdrege has a 19-2 record, including an 84-31 win over McCook on Dec. 15.
The 8 p.m. semifinal game features Lexington (11-8) vs. Hastings-Adams Central (14-6).
The semifinal winners will play for the B-5 title at 7 p.m. Friday.
McCook (12-13) 7 14 11 9 -- 41
GINW (2-17) 4 4 12 3 -- 23
McCook: Wilson 8, Bryant 8, Powell 7, Hazlitt 7, Meissner 5, Lyster 3, Watkins 3.
GINW: Jenna Rouzee 12, Birch 4, Schacher 4, Myers 2, Stoltenberg 1.
Class B-5 boys
The McCook boys basketball team (14-10) will play Holdrege (13-8) at 8 p.m. Monday at UNK in the first round of the Class B-5 district semifinals.
Grand Island Northwest (5-14) plays Lexington (5-14) at 8 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to a 6 p.m. Monday game against Adams Central (13-6).
The semifinal winners play for the district title at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Area boys teams
The first round of the boys basketball sub-districts got underway Monday night for area teams.
The sub-district games continue tonight and end Thursday.
Chase County moves up in the C1-12. The Longhorns boys pushed out Gordon-Rushville 56-45 in Alliance.
Chase County will play again tonight against Chadron at 5 p.m. (MT), with Mitchell and Kimball following at 6:30. The winners will play on Thursday.
In the C2-10 Cambridge beat out Southwest 56-38. Cambridge returns to the floor tonight in Holdrege against Alma at 7:45.
Amherst defeated Elm Creek and will play Axtell at 6 p.m.
Dundy County-Stratton pulled out a 50-45 win over North Platte St. Pats in the C2-11.
The Tigers hit the floor again tonight at 5 (MT) against Sutherland.
Garden County defeated Creek Valley and will play Perkins County at 6:45 p.m., in Imperial.
Arapahoe won over Wilcox-Hildreth 68-40 in the D1-9 sub-district tournament.
Adam Snyder posted 26 points for the Arapahoe win.
Dillon Breinig added in 10 and had 4 two-point shots.
Snyder had six two-point and four three-point shots and Dalton Hyke was 2 for 2 in free throws.
Arapahoe moves on to play Elwood tonight at Southern Valley.Game time begins at 6 p.m., with Bertrand and Overton following at 7:45.
Wauneta-Palisade slid by Medicine Valley 56-50 in the D1-11. Christopher Crowell put in 19 points for the Broncos.
Taylor Dixon and Drew Harris teamed up with 13 points each and TJ Ellicott had 5.
Ben Wolfe led Medicine Valley with 19 points. Nolan Hammond had 9 points and Tanner Eberle had 8.
Wauneta-Palisade continues tonight in Gothenburg against Hayes Center at 5:30 p.m.
The Eustis-Farnam boys follow at 7:15 against Maxwell.
Maywood came out on top in the D2-10. Maywood downed Brady 54-41.
Maywood squares off with Hitchcock County tonight in Hershey at 6 p.m., Wallace and Paxton follow at 7:30.
Southern Valley's boys skipped Monday night and will play tonight in North Platte in the C1-11.
The Eagles will play Cozad at 6 p.m.
Chase County 56
Gordon Rushville 45
Dundy County-Stratton 50
North Platte St. Pats 45
Arapahoe 23 12 17 16 -- 68
Wilcox-Hildreth 9 4 11 17 -- 40
Arapahoe: Wendland 2, Hyke 9, Snyder 26, Walbridge 6, Hambidge 3, Breining 10, Eichenberger 1, Spalding 6, Ross 5.
Medicine Valley 50
Wauneta-Palisade: Crowell 19, Dixon 13, Harris 13, Ellicott 5, O'Neil 4, Bartels 2.
Medicine Valley: Wolfe 19, Hammond 9, Eberle 8, Bryant 7, Gleisberg 4, Wells 3.
Cambridge boys 63,
CAMBRIDGE -- The Cambridge Trojan boys basketball team tdowned Bertrand 63-52 Friday night in the squad's last home game of the season.
Cambridge played a solid defensive game and held Bertrand's big scorers to a minimum.
Jackson Johnson led the Trojans with 23 points, followed by Bo Cribelli with 19 and Dillon Mowry with 9. Troy Hayes led the team in rebounds with 7 and Cribelli added 5.
"The team is playing good ball and we are looking forward to playing in the sub districts," said Trojans' coach Chris Barr.
The Trojans are back in action tonight at the Class C2 sub-district tournament.
Southwest boys 45
SOUTHWEST -- Southwest's boys basketball team pulled out a 45-43 overtime win over Hershey Friday. Hershey led the first quarter, before Southwest returned in the second to take the first half 26-19.
Southwest remained strong in the third, but struggled in the fourth, tying the game with Hershey.
The two teams moved into overtime, with Southwest taking the win.
Andrew Ruggles was the leading scorer for Southwest.
Ruggles put up 14 points and had 3 two-point shots. Alan Haag and Calvin Vontz both had 8 points for the Roughriders and Vontz had 2 three-point shots.
Luke Baldridge led Hershey with 18 points and Bryce Huebner had 10.
Southwest 9 17 7 8 -- 45
Hershey 11 8 7 15 -- 43
Southwest: Daffer 5, Vontz 8, Timmerman 5, Marquardt 2, Brooks 3, Ruggles 14, Haag 8.