Alma opened the season on the road with Bertrand on Thursday night. At the end of the first quarter Alma had jumped to a 14-9 lead and just continued to extend their lead. Alma came away with the 43-32 victory over the Vikings. Addison Siebels posted 14 points and 6 total rebounds and Addison Neal totaled 13 points and 3 steals. On Friday evening, Alma hosted Kenesaw and absolutely dominated the Blue Devils. The Cardinals won 58-8 as they held the Blue Devils to two points in both the first and second quarters, four points in the third, and held them scoreless in the fourth quarter. Alma was led by Riley Scott with 22 points, four total blocks, and five steals. Siebels totaled 16 points. The Cardinals will travel to Elm Creek on Tuesday and then host Blue Hill on Thursday and Wilcox-Hildreth on Friday. Alma starts 2-0 on the year.
Arapahoe traveled to Overton to open the season on Thursday night. The Warriors fell to the Eagles, 51-28. They were led by Berkley Warner with nine points and five total rebounds. On Friday, Arapahoe hosted Dundy County Stratton. They were able to bounce back as they defeated the Tigers 49-21. Emerson Swanson led the way for the Warriors as she totaled 10 points while Warner totaled 10 rebound on the night. Arapahoe will participate in the Cattle Trail Tournament this week and will take on Medicine Valley in McCook on Tuesday. Arapahoe begins the season at 1-1.
Bertrand played host to Alma on Thursday night to open their season. After falling behind early, the Vikings tried to make a run in the final quarter as they outscored the Cardinals nine to five but it wasn't quite enough as the Vikings fell 43-32. Libby Kugler led Bertrand with nine points and five total rebounds with four of them being offensive. The Vikings traveled to Axtell on Friday evening where they battled hard for three quarter but the Wildcats were just too much come the fourth quarter and extended the lead to defeat Bertrand 30-20. Brooklyn Evans led the way for the Vikings with nine points and nine total rebounds. Bertrand will host Shelton on Thursday and Loomis on Saturday. The Vikings start the season at 0-2.
Cambridge opened the season last Thursday at home against Hitchcock County. The Trojans jumped out to a 17-2 lead after the first quarter. They continued to work on extending their lead, but the Falcons kept fighting to stay in the game. Cambridge was just too much as they came away with the 49-33 win. Friday evening, the Trojans traveled to Wauneta-Palisade and it was a gritty game. Cambridge trailed 13-11 at the end of the first quarter while both teams posted 13 points in the second quarter. Cambridge was outscored again by the Broncos in the third quarter 14-12 but it was in the fourth and final quarter when Cambridge was able to take the lead and outscore Wauneta-Palisade, 9-3 to defeat the Broncos 45-43. The Trojans will travel to Southern Valley on Tuesday and host South Loup on Friday. Cambridge starts their season 2-0.
Dundy County Stratton opened their season on the road in Arapahoe on Friday evening. The Warriors were just too much for the Tigers as the fell behind early and just couldn't get enough momentum on their side to overtake them. The Tigers fell, 49-21 to start the season at 0-1. Dundy County Stratton will take part in the Cattle Trail Tournament and begin play against Maywood-Hayes Center.
Hitchcock County started the season on the road in Cambridge on Thursday. The Falcons had a rough start with Cambridge's press, but they made improvements throughout the game. Head coach Mike Tines had this to say about the game, "After the 1st quarter we played much better with a lot of girls contributing. I saw a lot of improvement throughout the game and the girls gave great effort." The Falcons fell 49-33 to the Trojans. Byanka Tyan led the way with seven points and five total rebounds. The Falcons will take part in the Cattle Trail Tournament this week and will take on Southwest on Tuesday. Hitchcock County is 0-1 on the season.
Maxwell hosted Sandhills/Thedford on Friday to open their season. The Wildcats jumped out to a 28-12 lead and then struggled to convert the rest of the game as they didn't score another basket for the rest of the game. Sandhills/Thedford came away with the 42-28 win. Kristyn Cheeck led the way with 10 points and five total rebounds. The Wildcats hosted Cozad on Saturday and was defeated 58-27. They fall to 0-2 on the year and travel to Hi-Line on Tuesday and host North Platte St. Patrick's on Thursday.
Maywood-Hayes Center's home opener was on Friday evening against Wallace. The Wolves jumped out to a 23-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. MHC continued to extend their lead throughout the game to win the game with a final score of 59-26. Alexis Wood led the way with 13 points and four rebounds while Olivia Hansen contributed 11 points and three rebounds. The Wolves traveled to Southwest on Saturday to take on the Roughriders. They again claimed an early lead and never looked back. MHC defeated Southwest 61-42. Hansen led the way with 20 points and 12 total rebounds. They will take on Dundy County Stratton on Tuesday for the Cattle Trail Tournament. The Wolves are 2-0 on the year.
Medicine Valley opened the season on Thursday at home against Southwest. The Raiders came up short as they lost 48-35. Stella Heapy posted 17 points, went 100% from the charity stripe as she was four for four, and five steals. On Friday, they traveled to Paxton and they battled hard but the Tigers were too much. Medicine Valley fell 42-36. Heapy led the way again for the Raiders with 20 points and four steals. The Raiders are 0-2 on the year and will take on Arapahoe on Tuesday as part of the Cattle Trail Tournament.
Paxton battled early on with Anselmo-Merna on Thursday night in North Platte, but the Tigers eventually would prevail with the 50-43 victory. Paxton was led by Freshman Ella Fote with 17 points and eight total rebounds. The Tigers then were the host for Medicine Valley on Friday evening. They were able to take down the Raiders 42-36. Audrey Holm led the way with 12 points and 13 total rebounds, 10 of them being on the defensive side of the ball. Jacelyn Jorgensen also ripped down 18 total rebounds, six offensive and 12 defensive. Paxton improves to 2-0 on the year and are on the road against Brady on Friday and Potter-Dix on Saturday.
Southern Valley opened their season at home on Thursday against Minden. The Eagles jumped out to a 9-3 lead to end the first quarter. After that, the Whippets were just too strong for Southern Valley as they fell 46-39. They forced turnovers and converted as 20 of their points came off of the turnovers. Ann Bose led the way with 13 points and six steals. On Friday, Southern Valley traveled to Elm Creek and bounced back with a 62-38 victory. The Eagles are now 1-1 and will host Cambridge on Tuesday, Gothenburg on Thursday, and travel to Overton on Saturday.
Southwest traveled to Medicine Valley for their season opener. The Roughriders jumped out early and continued to extend their lead but had to fight off a run from the Raiders in the fourth quarter. Caylin Barnett led the way for Southwest with 18 points and five total rebounds in their 48-35 victory. They hosted Maywood-Hayes Center on Saturday and the Roughriders got down early but tried to make a come back in the fourth quarter but ran out of time as they fell 61-42 to the Wolves. Barnett posted 16 points, seven total rebounds, and five steals. Southwest is now 1-1 on the season and will take on Hitchcock County on Tuesday as part of the Cattle Trail Tournament.
Wallace hosted Wauneta-Palisade on Thursday evening to open their season. It was a close one but the Wildcats fell behind in the final quarter causing them to fall to the Broncos 56-38. Dajana Garrison and Reagan Pelster led the way with 12 points each while Karlie Finely dominated the boards for the Wildcats with 11 rebounds total. Wallace traveled to Maywood-Hayes Center to take on the Wolves on Friday evening. The Wolves were just too much for Wallace as they lost the game 59-26. Kendyl Flaming led the way with 10 points while Finely pulled down another 13 rebounds. Wallace is now 1-1 on the year and will travel to Sandhills/Thedford on Thursday and host Hyannis on Saturday.
Wauneta-Palisade was able to take down Wallace on Thursday 56-38. The Broncos hosted Cambridge on Friday evening and battled the entire game but came up shy and lost 45-43. Wauneta-Palisade is 1-1 on the season and will take on Decatur Community (KS) in the Cattle Trail Tournament on Tuesday.