Phalen Sanford (12) goes up for a DCS layup during the first half of Tuesday’s game at McCook Senior High. MHC’s Wacey Flack (22) is also pictured.
Steve Towery/McCook Gazette
McCOOK, Neb. -- Dundy County-Stratton hit its stride early.
The Tigers raced out to a 22-3 first quarter lead to help propel the defending Cattle Trail championship past Maywood-Hayes Center 75-46 Tuesday night at McCook Senior High.
Tuesday’s opening round contest saw MHC rally in the second quarter to cut into DCS’ big lead. The Wolves brought the game back to within 11 points at 30-19 midway through the period before the Tigers closed the half out on a 14-2 run to make it 44-21.
DCS was able to keep MHC at bay the entire second half, as the Tigers outscored the Wolves 31-25 over the final two quarters.
Senior guard Phalen Sanford dropped a game-high 20 points to lead DCS (3-0 record). Jacob Gemborys and Michael Frederick also high double-digits with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Serbando Diaz and Lane Shillington had seven and six points, respectively, while Damon Latta and Joey Fasso each had four.
Three players reached double figures for MHC (0-3). Paul White led the Wolves with 14 points, while Von Fritsche and Wesley Wach each had 10.
DCS advances to play Arapahoe in Friday’s championship semifinal round. Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m. at McCook Community College’s Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.
Arapahoe defeated Southwest during Tuesday’s opening around 44-34. A recap can be found on Page 9.
MHC will play Southwest in a consolation semifinal at 8 p.m. Friday at McCook Senior High.