Raiders knock out Warriors

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
R.B. Headley/McCook Gazette Medicine Valley's Skyler Sandoe (5) battles for a rebound among Arapahoe Warrriors Nevada Gardner (52, left), Mariah Watson and Joslyn North (34). The Raiders gained hold of a 40-29 victory to start Class D-1 subdistrict tournament play at Bartley Monday night. They advance into tonight's 6 p.m. subdistrict semifinal against undefeated Dundy County-Stratton. Hitchcock County and Bertrand immediately follow.

BARTLEY, Neb. -- All teams want at playoff time is a shot, and one buzzer-beating threebanked perfectly through the net for Medicine Valley Monday night.

The shot doubled those Raiders' lead through three quarters from three points to six. Juniors Hope Stone and Haylee Evans hit thre three of four triples overall.

Momentum carried on through the final quarter of a 40-29 Raider playoff victory over area foe Arapahoe.

There were many other obvious reasons why Med Valley prevailed. Coach Derek Bantam's team built a 46-32 rebounding advantage, delivered 15 assists to Arapahoe's five and saw five different players block Warrior shots.

The Raiders (4-16 record overall) also featured seven players hittign shots to Arapahoe's five.

Now Med Valley get a shot at what would be one of Nebraska's biggest high school basketball upsets this week.

They will take aim at undefeated Dundy County-Stratton (22-0) in tonight's subdistrict semifinal.

Opening tip is 6 p.m. with the second semifinal featuring Hitchcock County and Bertrand following at Southwest High School.

The Class D-1 No. 2 Tigers won their only meeting, 74-14, this season on Jan. 13. DC-S took a 31-3 lead through one quarter.

Tonight's winners will play the subdistrict title game Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Arapahoe ends a tough 1-21 season. It's better than two months since that one Warrior win on the same Southwest High School court.

They defeated the Roughriders, 51-45, on Dec. 9.

Arapahoe loses its two senior team captains in guard Brielle Weverka and center Gabrielle Stephens.

Junior Nevada Gardner and freshman Teri Hilker were the top two scorers Monday night. along with many games throughout the season.

MED VALLEY (40) -- Skyler Sandoe 8 points, Rylie Brown 8, Hope Stone 6, Korinne Hansen 5, Bailey Anderson 5, Mari Farr 4, Haylee Evans 4. Three-pointers: Stone 2, Evans. Rebound leaders: Anderson 8, Brown 7, Stone 7. Steals: Anderson 4. Assists: Sandoe 4.

ARAPAHOE (29) -- Nevada Gardner 10 points, Terri Hilker 9, Brielle Weverka 5, Mariah Watson 4, Madison Hanke 1. Three-pointers: Hilker 2. Rebound leaders: Watson 9, Gardner 6. Steals: North 3, Hilker 3. Assists: North 2.

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