Alma was supposed to open the new year with Blue Hill, but due to the weather, that game was postponed. They hosted Franklin last Thursday and dominated the game from the start. The Cardinals held the Flyers scoreless after the first quarter and only allowed two points before the half with the score reading 43-2. Franklin found a little momentum after the break but Alma kept the pressure up and defeated the Flyers, 60-12. Addison Siebels led the way with 18 points and Addison Neal contributed with 14 points, four rebounds, five assists, and seven steals. Alma traveled to Kearney High Saturday morning to take part in the Nebraska Girl's Basketball Showcase where they battled with Elgin Public/Pope John. It was a competitive game but Alma was able to defeat the Wolfpack, 72-64. The Cardinals had balanced scoring as Neal led the way with 25 points, Siebels contributed with 12 points, six rebounds and six assists, Miley Whitney put up 12 points, and Sabrina Schemper tallied 10 points. Alma improved to 9-0 on the season and will travel to Amherst on Tuesday and Hi-Line on Thursday, and then host Hitchcock County on Friday.
Arapahoe only had one game this past week because their game with Maxwell on Tuesday got postponed to the end of January. Medicine Valley hosted Arapahoe on Friday. After a really slow start and only being able to score one point in the first quarter, the Warriors responded and scored 17 points in each of the remaining three quarters to beat the Raiders, 52-47. Sage Larson led the way with 14 points while Sabrina Jacobsen added 12 points. Cadence Carpenter dominated the board with 10 rebounds and also put up nine points. Arapahoe improved to 4-7 on the year and will take on Loomis at home on Tuesday and travel to Hi-Line on Friday.
Bertrand was going to travel to Wilcox-Hildreth on Tuesday but due to the weather that came through, that game was canceled. On Friday the Vikings hosted Southern Valley and struggled to get things moving as they fell behind at half, 27-8. The third quarter was also a little slow but they got a little momentum in the final quarter but the lead for the Eagles was too much for the Vikings to overcome. Southern Valley won, 51-26. Katelyn Evans led the way for Bertrand with 10 points and seven rebounds. On Saturday, the Vikings traveled to South Loup. The Bobcats jumped to a 15-9 lead after the first quarter and continued to extend their lead as they went into the break, 26-17. The third quarter was slow for both teams as a total of nine points were scored but the momentum remained with South Loup as they outscored the Vikings 15-12 in the final quarter of play to defeat Bertrand, 47-34. The Vikings are 1-8 on the season and will host Southwest on Friday and travel to Overton on Saturday.
Cambridge had to postpone their game with Norton, KS that was supposed to take place on Tuesday due to weather. On Friday, Southwest came to town and the Trojans led 13-6 after the first quarter but had a slow quarter before heading into the break as the Roughriders outscored them, 10-2. Halftime adjustments took effect and the Trojans chipped away and defeated Southwest 42-36. Cambridge is 6-5 on the season and will host Sutherland on Friday and travel to Maxwell on Saturday.
Dundy County Stratton was going to hit the road to Chase County on Tuesday, but due to the weather that game was forced to be postponed to a later date. The Tigers traveled to Alliance on Friday and lost 57-19. They hosted Wray, CO on Saturday and lost that game, 54-24. Dundy County Stratton falls to 0-10 on the season and will travel to Hitchcock County on Tuesday, Medicine Valley on Thursday, and Loomis on Saturday.
Hitchcock County was supposed to host Southwest on Tuesday but postponed that game due to inclement weather. On Friday, the Falcons traveled to Wauneta-Palisade and while it was a close game Hitchcock County fell short to the Broncos, 56-53. The Falcons are 2-8 on the season and will host Dundy County Stratton on Tuesday, travel to Alma on Friday, and travel to North Platte Community College on Saturday to take on Cody-Kilgore.
Maxwell hosted Hershey on Friday and the Wildcats fell behind early and were never able to overcome the deficit as they lost to the Panthers, 67-32. On Saturday, Maxwell traveled to Overton to take on the Eagles but again, they fell behind early and struggled to get things going in the right direction. The Wildcats lost to the Eagles, 0-31. Maxwell is 1-8 on the year and will host Maywood-Hayes Center on Tuesday, travel to South Loup on Friday, and host Cambridge on Saturday.
Maywood-Hayes Center opened last week at home against Sandhills Valley on Thursday. The Wolves jumped out to a 22-6 lead after the first quarter and kept their foot on the gas as they defeated the Mavericks, 55-17. Ashlin Broz and Olivia Hansen led the way as they posted 12 points each. On Friday, the Wolves traveled to Paxton and while it was closer than the Sandhills Valley game, it was still all Maywood-Hayes Center as the defeated the Tigers 38-22. Hansen led the way with 11 points. Hi-Line came to town on Saturday and once again, Maywood-Hayes Center dominated the game. They defeated the Bulls, 65-26. Kiley Stengel led the way with 15 points, Kiley Hejtmanek contributed with 14 points, eight rebounds, and eight steals, while Alexis Wood also tallied 13 points, five rebounds, and six steals. Maywood-Hayes Center improves to 13-0 and will travel to Maxwell Tuesday and will host Arthur County on Friday.
Medicine Valley had to postpone its trip to Wallace last Tuesday due to the weather. They hosted Arapahoe on Friday and they jumped out to a 14-1 lead after the first quarter but the tide quickly turned and the Raiders fell behind and couldn't get ahead again as they lost 52-47. Stella Heapy filled the stat sheets as she posted 22 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, and four steals. Milla Farr also had a nice game with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Medicine Valley is now 3-6 on the season and will travel to Sandhills Valley on Tuesday, host Dundy County Stratton Thursday, and travel to Mullen on Saturday.
Paxton hosted Maywood-Hayes Center on Friday and couldn't get things to click as they fell behind early and just never got things back on track. The Wolves beat the Tigers, 38-22. Ella Fote led the way with 10 points. Paxton is 6-2 on the year now and will host Perkins County on Tuesday, and then travel to Creek Valley on Thursday and Wallace on Friday.
Southern Valley hosted Franklin on Tuesday and outscored the Flyers 30-0 after the first quarter. The Eagles didn't let up as they defeated Franklin, 53-9. Tori Bose led the way with 19 points, Brynn Bailey added 11 points, and Ann Bose tallied 10 points. Southern Valley traveled to Bertrand on Friday and it was again all the Eagles as they defeated the Vikings, 51-26. Ann Bose had a big game with 25 points and Tori Bose added 10 points. Southern Valley improves to 8-2 and travels to Chase County on Tuesday and Holdrege on Friday.
Southwest was supposed to travel to Hitchcock County on Tuesday but due to the bad weather, that game was postponed. The Roughriders traveled to Cambridge on Friday and while they battled back and forth, the Trojans were too much and defeated Southwest, 42-36. Caylin Barnett led the way with 13 points. Wauneta-Palisade came to town on Saturday and the Roughriders bounced back nicely with a 64-28 victory over the Broncos. Barnett paced them again with 22 points. Southwest is now 5-5 on the season and will travel to Hi-Line on Tuesday and Bertrand on Friday.
Wallace was supposed to host Medicine Valley on Tuesday but the weather had other plans forcing the teams to postpone for a later date. The Wildcats traveled to Arthur County on Friday and fell behind 9-8 after the first quarter but after that it was all Wallace. They defeated the Wolves 45-32. Karlie Finely had 14 points and eight rebounds and Kendyl Flaming had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Mullen came to town on Saturday and Wallace kept the momentum up and defeated the Broncos 40-27. Finley paced the way again with nine points and 15 rebounds. Wallace improved to 3-5 on the year and will travel to South Platte on Thursday and host Paxton on Friday.
Wauneta-Palisade hosted Hitchcock County on Friday and defeated the Falcons, 56-53. Peyton Cox led the way with a huge double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds. The Broncos traveled to Southwest on Saturday and came up short as the Roughriders defeated them, 64-28. Cox led the way with seven points and eight rebounds. Wauneta-Palisade is now 7-4 on the year and will travel to Perkins County on Friday and host Garden County on Saturday.