It was a big week as teams played in the Cattle Trail tournament, rivalry games, and big conference matchups. Check out how each team did last week in the blog below.
Alma hosted Elm Creek on Tuesday and it was a tight and high-scoring game from start to finish. The Cardinals trailed 19-14 after one quarter but had a solid second quarter to head in the locker room down by two, with the score reading 36-34. The Buffaloes were able to defeat Alma, 66-60. Riley Scott led the team with 20 points.
Alma traveled to Blue Hill on Thursday with a bounce-back win of 45-30. The first quarter was tight but then the Cardinals created separation to win the game. Chayse Molzahn led the team with 14 points and Tierston Moore led the team with 14 rebounds.
Alma traveled to Wilcox-Hildreth on Friday and it was slow going as the Falcons outscored the Cardinals 11-2 at the end of the first quarter and they trailed 21-9 at the half. Halftime adjustments were made and a massive 21-9 fourth quarter propelled Alma to the 42-39 victory over Wilcox-Hildreth. Addison Siebels led the team with 12 points while Scott added 11 points. Alma accounted for 19 team steals, Siebels had six, and Kamri Neal had five steals.
The Cardinals are 4-1 on the season and will host Southwest on Tuesday and travel to Red Cloud on Saturday.
The Warriors took part in the Cattle Trail tournament in McCook and took on Medicine Valley on Tuesday. Arapahoe took the early lead as they led 11-7 after the first quarter but then it was all Raiders after that as Arapahoe lost 50-33. Clara Hilker led the team with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Arapahoe moved to the consolation bracket and played Hitchcock County on Friday where they had a slow start as they trailed the Falcons 21-15 at half but they made adjustments at the half and won the game, 48-38. Hilker posted 12 points, Sage Larson had 12 points, and Cadence Carpenter had 11 points.
In the 5th and 6th place game on Saturday, the Warriors took on Wauneta-Palisade and they trailed as they went into the half but a big 30-19 third quarter made for an interesting final eight minutes. It was low scoring, but the Warriors just didn't have enough in the tank to overtake the Broncos as they were outscored 6-3 in the final quarter to result in the 58-52 loss. Larson led the team with 20 points and Berkley Warner added 16 points. Carpenter posted 12 rebounds to lead the team. Larson was 6-10 from the three-point line, which tied a school record and a Cattle Trail record.
Arapahoe is 2-3 on the season and will travel to Wilcox-Hildreth on Thursday and host Southwest on Friday.
Bertrand only had one game this week and they traveled to Loomis on Saturday. That was one of our RPAC Rundown Featured Matchups and you can read more about that game here.
Bertrand is now 1-2 and will host Hi-Line on Tuesday and Elm Creek on Friday.
Cambridge hosted Southern Valley on Tuesday and that game was an RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup. You can read more about that game and see stats by clicking here.
The Trojans traveled to South Loup on Friday and the Trojans jumped out to a solid start and continued that until the final buzzer and a 49-25 win.
Cambridge is now 3-1 on the year and will host Loomis on Tuesday and travel to Cozad on Thursday.
Dundy County Stratton
Dundy County Stratton took part in the Cattle Trail tournament and took on Southwest on Tuesday. The Tigers trailed early and just couldn't get the momentum back on their side as they lost 53-31.
The loss to the Roughriders sent Dundy County Stratton to the consolation bracket where they took on Wauneta-Palisade on Friday night. The Tigers trailed 30-16 at the half and it was a big fourth quarter where the Tigers outscored the Broncos 17-3 that got them the win but ultimately they came up short as they fell, 45-41.
On Saturday in the 7th and 8th place game, Dundy County Stratton played Hitchcock County and it was a low-scoring first half from both teams but the Falcons came out of the locker room and caught fire. The Tigers lost 47-25.
The Tigers are now 1-3 on the season and will host Atwood-Rawlins County, KS on Tuesday and travel to Perkins County on Saturday.
The Falcons played Maywood-Hayes Center on Tuesday to begin their run in the Cattle Trail tournament. Hitchcock County trailed early and couldn't close the gap as they lost 43-27. Katie Jarecke led the Falcons with 11 points.
That loss sent them to the consolation bracket to take on Arapahoe on Friday. Hitchcock County led the Warriors as they went into the half, 21-15, but it was the halftime adjustments from Arapahoe that changed the momentum of the game and the Falcons lost 48-38. Jarecke led the team with nine points and Madysen Carlson led the team with 10 rebounds.
In the 7th and 8th place game, the Falcons took on Dundy County Stratton and clinched the 47-25 win. Jarecke posted 19 points, seven rebounds, and five steals and Raegan Hagan had 14 points.
Hitchcock County is 1-3 on the year and will travel to Medicine Valley on Thursday and Atwood-Rawlins County, KS on Saturday.
Maxwell started their week with Hi-Line at home and jumped out to a 21-4 lead after the first quarter and just kept their foot on the gas until they reached the end of the game with a winning score of 57-25. Madelyn Flock led the Wildcats with 14 points, Kristyn Cheek tallied 13 points, and Jocelyn Cheek posted 10 points.
On Thursday Maxwell traveled to North Platte St. Pat's and trailed early as they went into the locker room trailing 17-14. The Wildcats made adjustments and came out to outscore the Irish 16-5 in the third quarter. That would propel them to a 38-31 victory.
Maxwell is 2-2 on the season and will travel to Brady on Tuesday and host Paxton on Friday.
Maywood-Hayes Center started the Cattle Trail tournament with Hitchcock County and was able to get the 43-27 win.
The win advanced the Wolves to the semifinal game where they faced Medicine Valley. It was tight throughout the game but a 13-9 final quarter created some separation and sealed the 39-33 victory.
In the championship game of the tournament, the Wolves faced Southwest. After an 8-6 lead after the first quarter, the Wolves stretched their lead as the lead 18-8 at the half. It was a big 21-13 quarter that sent the Wolves ahead as they won the Cattle Trail title with a 39-21 victory.
Maywood-Hayes Center is 5-0 and will travel to Sandhills Valley on Tuesday and host Brady on Thursday.
The Cattle Trail tournament began on Tuesday for the Raiders with a 50-33 win over Arapahoe. Stella Heapy had 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks to lead Medicine Valley.
In the semifinal game, the Raiders were matched up against Maywood-Hayes Center. Medicine Valley hung right with the Wolves throughout the game but they were outscored in the final quarter, 13-9, which hurt them as they lost 39-33. Remmi Stout led the team with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
In the 3rd and 4th place game against Decatur Community, KS the Raiders again hung right with the Red Raiders but not being able to put the ball in the bucket the second quarter was a difference maker as the final score was 44-37 in favor of Decatur Community. Heapy had 17 points and six rebounds while Stout added 12 points.
The Raiders are 1-4 on the season and will host Hitchcock County on Thursday and travel to South Loup on Friday.
Paxton had a couple of home games towards the end of the week as Brady came to town on Friday. It was all Tigers as they defeated the Eagles, 46-26. Ella Fote posted 13 points and nine rebounds and Abigale Nicholson also posted 13 points.
Potter-Dix then came to town on Saturday and jumped out in front and turned on cruise control as they defeated the Coyotes 63-31. Jacelyn Jorgensen had 15 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and seven steals. Other key contributors were Emmalee Nicholson with 14 points and Abigale Nicholson with 12 points.
Paxton is now 3-1 on the year and will hit the road next week as they travel to Perkins County on Tuesday and Maxwell on Friday.
The Eagles traveled to take on Cambridge which was one of the RPAC Rundown Featured Matchups. You can read about that game and see the stat line here.
Southern Valley was supposed to play Gothenburg on Thursday but due to their One-Act qualifying for the state competition, that game was rescheduled for next Tuesday.
On Saturday Overton came to town. The Eagles had no problems with Overton as they downed them 59-29. Ann Bose had 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and eight steals. Brecklyn Hammond also had a solid game as she has 12 points.
Southern Valley is now 4-0 on the season and will travel to Gothenburg on Tuesday, host Ravenna on Thursday, and travel to Loomis on Saturday.
Southwest played Dundy County Stratton in the opening round of the Cattle Trail tournament on Tuesday. Southwest took the lead early and finished with a 53-31 win. Kyra Nelms led the Roughriders with 18 points and eight rebounds while Atleigh Nelms had 12 points and Anikka Nelms had 11 points.
The Roughriders advanced to take on Decatur Community, KS in the semifinals on Friday where they held off the Red Devils with a 38-31 victory. K. Nelms and Bryn Lampe led the team with nine points each.
The championship game brought a familiar face in Maywood-Hayes Center who the Roughriders recently fell to the week before. They hung with the Wolves longer but a 21-13 quarter in favor of MHC hurt the Roughriders as they fell 39-21. Atleigh Nelms had eight points to lead the team.
Southwest is 3-2 on the season and will travel to Alma on Tuesday and Arapahoe on Friday.
Wallace hosted Sandhills/Thedford on Thursday and they struggled to keep up with the high-powered offense of the Knights. The Wildcats lost, 61-30.
On Saturday, Wallace traveled to Hyannis and it was an exciting game as the Wildcats came out on the winning end of an overtime game as they defeated the Longhorns 38-35.
Wallace is now 1-3 on the season and will host Sutherland on Tuesday.
Wauneta-Palisade started their Cattle Trail tournament with Decatur Community, KS, and just had a hard time getting points on the board as they fell, 31-22. Peyton Cox led the team with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Izzy Stehno added 11 rebounds.
The Broncos had a nice bounce-back win over Dundy County Stratton in the consolation bracket. Wauneta-Palisade led 30-16 at the half and held off a surge from the Tigers as they got the 45-41 win to advance to the 3rd and 4th place game. Cox posted 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the team while GraCee Goings added 12 points and Stehno tallied 10 points and eight rebounds. The Broncos forced 12 steals in the game as well.
On Saturday in the 5th and 6th place game, the Broncos played Arapahoe. It was a tight game and Wauneta-Palisade had to hold off a big third-quarter run from the Warriors but they were able to as the got the 58-52 win. Cox had a huge game with 27 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block. Goings also tallied 21 points and three steals.
Wauneta-Palisade is now 3-2 on the season and will host South Platte on Friday and Sandhills Valley on Saturday.