Anselmo-Mernaâ€™s Tyler Evans drives to the basket where heâ€™s met by Twin Loupâ€™s Jack Gibbens. Gibbens scored five points and recorded a game-high 16 rebounds.
Evans dropped in six points for the Coyotes. Twin Loupâ€™s Tyke Kozeal (24) watches. Photo by Deb Hostick
Twin Loup 41
SARGENT - - Twin Loup and Anselmo-Merna met in a pivotal Loup Valley Conference match-up that ultimately went to Twin Loup by a score of 41-33
Anselmo-Merna started off fast and outscored the Wolves 12-10 in the first quarter.
However, the second quarter wasn't anything like the first quarter. Both teams struggled to find the basket and the Coyotes scored three points compared to the Wolves two points and the Coyotes would take a 15-12 lead into halftime.
The difference in the game was the third quarter.
Twin Loup found their offensive groove, outscoring the 'Yotes 17-9.
Both teams battled in the fourth quarter, but Twin Loup was able to sustain the momentum from the third quarter and outscored A-M in the fourth quarter 12-9.
" We struggled in the second quarter with our shooting, but found our touch in the second half from behind the arc," said longtime Sargent and now Twin Loup coach Mike Kozeal. "Guy Fenske and Tyler Barta combined to go 5 of 7 from behind the arc which proved to be the difference."
Anselmo-Merna coach Paul Christen praised his teamâ€™s hard work in the game.
"The boys played hard, we just came up short," Christen said.
As a team, Twin Loup shot 8-19 from behind the three-point line. The Wolves out-rebounded A-M 34-25.
Leading the way for Twin Loup were Guy Fenske and Tyler Barta.
Fenske dropped in 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Tyke Kozeal contributed six points and notched five rebounds. Jake Gibbens helped out with five points and notched a game-high 14 rebounds.
Leading the way for the 'Yotes was Joseph Christen.
Christen scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed six rebounds. Trent Geiser scored six points and notched six rebounds.
Tyler Evans helped out with six points and Trey Gilligan contributed three points.
Currently, Twin Loup sits at 7-6 and has won five in a row.
Anselmo-Merna stands at 4-6.
Other games played last week:
Broken Bow 49
Wood River 34
BROKEN BOW - - Broken Bow bombarded Wood River 23-12 in the first quarter and that was enough to carry the Indians to a 49-34 victory.
After the fast start, the second and third quarters slowed down for both teams. Wood River outscored Broken Bow 10-6 in the second quarter.
The Indians took a 29-22 into halftime.
Wood River outscored Broken Bow 6-4 in the third quarter and the Indians would take a 33-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter ended up being similar to the first quarter for the Indians. Broken Bow outscored the Eagles 16-6 to close out the win.
"The first quarter we did a nice job of getting the ball inside to Nate Hanson. That has to be a focus of our offense because he does such a nice job of finishing at the rim, or finding the open guard for an open shot. Tanner Johnson had 11 points in the first quarter but went down with an injury and didn't see much playing time the rest of the night," said Coach Anthony Blum. "For us to win ballgames we must defend and we did that against Wood River. I hope we keep up that kind of defensive intensity, because if we play that way it gives us a great chance to be competitive each night."
Nate Hanson played a pivotal role for the Indians. The senior scored a game-high 15 points, recorded five blocks and grabbed three rebounds.
When Hanson wasn't controlling the paint, Tanner Johnson was providing the damage with outside shooting.
Johnson scored 11 points, with nine of the points being scored from behind the arc. Johnson also grabbed a team-high four rebounds.
Michael Coleman and Marcus Miller both helped out with seven points, Hunter Campbell dropped in five points and Justin McCullough contributed four points.
Currently, Broken Bow stands at 3-
MERNA - - Sandhills/Thedford used a balanced offensive scoring attack to drop Anselmo-Merna 52-38.
The Knights started the contest with a fast start, outscoring the 'Yotes 16-6. S/T continued the defensive pressure in the second quarter, holding the 'Yotes to six points.
S/T would take a 25-12 lead into halftime.
However, the Coyotes offense would wake up in the second half and it kept the Knights on their toes.
Both teams scored 13 points in the third quarter and S/T outscored A-M 14-13 in the fourth quarter, closing out the win for the Knights.
S/T has three players in double digit scoring.
Matt McLeod scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds. Brady Marten dropped in 11 points and seven rebounds. Tyler Lee contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.
Also contributing was Cole Taylor with eight points and Ty Sierks helped out with six points.
Joseph Christen lead the 'Yotes with 14 points, Trent Geiser contributed 10 points and Dusty Chandler helped out with five points. Sandhills/Thedford currently stands at 8-3.
Elba-North Loup/Scotia 24
SCOTIA - - Arcadia used a strong third quarter performance to stifle the Wildcats 35-24.
The first quarter was a defensive stalemate, with Arcadia outscoring E/NLS 6-1.
Both teams opened their offensive game in the second quarter with Arcadia holding a 12-9 scoring advantage.
Arcadia took an 18-10 lead into halftime.
Arcadia played great defense in the third quarter and used a potent offensive attack to outscore the Wildcats 12-3.
E/NLS would fight back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Huskies 11-5, however, the Arcadia defense was good enough to halt the Wildcats dead in their tracks to close out the game.
Arcadia was led by Matthew Quick. Quick dropped in 11 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Zach Lueck and Cameron Charles both chipped in six points.
Robbie Ritz contributed two points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Arcadia currently stands at 2-8.
SUMNER - - Litchfield and SEM battled to two overtimes before SEM pulled away midway through the second overtime, toppling the Trojans 59-55.
Litchfield and SEM exchanged blows in the first quarter and the Trojans outscored the Mustangs 11-9.
SEM got the best of Litchfield in the second quarter, outscoring the Trojans 12-9.
SEM would take a 21-20 lead into halftime.
Both teams traded leads in the third quarter, with Litchfield eventually outscoring SEM 13-9.
SEM fought back in the fourth quarter and outscored Litchfield 13-10, and with the game tied 54 apiece the game was headed to overtime.
The first overtime was a defensive battle, with each team scoring four points and a second overtime was needed.
The Mustangs outscored the Trojans 12-8 in the second overtime and secured the win.
The player of the game was SEM's Dillan Line.
Line scored 40 points, grabbed eight rebounds and forced six steals. Line shot 13-23 from the field and found himself at the free-throw line often, shooting 14-16.
Tyson Howard led the Trojans with 24 points
Currently, SEM sits at 6-6 and Litchfield is 4-8.
South Loup 58
MAXWELL - - South Loup controlled the momentum early and routed Maxwell 58-37.
South Loup pounced on the Wildcats early and would take a 10-2 lead into the second quarter.
The Bobcats kept the pressure on in the second quarter, outscoring Maxwell 21-12 and would take a 31-14 lead into halftime.
Maxwell fought back in the third quarter, outscoring South Loup 11-7. However, going into the fourth quarter, South Loup still held a comfortable 38-25 lead.
South Loup sealed the fourth quarter with a 20-12 run and closed out the win.
Tanner Cline had a strong performance for the Bobcats.
Cline had a team-high 13 points and four rebounds.
Kyle Potter helped out with 10 points.
Currently, South Loup sits at 5-5.
Broken Bow 45
CAIRO - - Centura used a strong second quarter to gain momentum and drop the Indians by a score of 54-45.
The first quarter was relatively slow compared to the rest of the contest.
The Indians led 6-4 after one quarter of action.
Centura turned the pressure on in the second quarter, outscoring the Indians 17-9. Centura would take a 23-13 lead into halftime.
The third quarter was much like the second quarter. Centura outscored Broken Bow 17-7 and held a commanding 38-22 lead.
Broken Bow fought back in the fourth quarter, outscoring Centura 23-16, however, it wasn't enough as Centura held on for the win.
The leading scorer for the Indians was Nate Hanson.
Hanson scored 15 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Marcus Miller and Hunter Campbell both scored eight points for the Indians.
Broken Bow 38
BROKEN BOW - - Broken Bow outscored Hershey 11-6 in the first quarter, but the Panthers outscored the Indians the rest of the way and topped Broken Bow by a score of 45-38.
Nate Hanson was the leading scorer for Broken Bow.
Hanson dropped in 17 points and picked up 11 rebounds.
Marcus Miller helped out with nine points.
North Central 56
BASSETT - - North Central upended Arcadia 56-40.
Michael Chelewski led the Huskies with 20 points and five rebounds.
Robbie Ritz chipped in seven points.
South Loup 42
BRADY - - Brady dropped South Loup 48-42.
The leading scorer for the Bobcats was Aaron Stryker with 18 points.
Justin Ross contributed eight points and Zane Ellis helped out with six points.
PLEASANTON - - Pleasanton outscored SEM 62-47. Dillan Line was the leading scorer with 14 points. Lance English helped out with 11 points.
Twin Loup 54
North Central 44
SPRINGVIEW - - Twin Loup beat North Central 54-44.
Guy Fenske was the leading scorer for the Wolves.
The senior scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and contributed eight assists.
Tyke Kozeal helped out with 12 points and Brandon Barker dropped in eight points.
MERNA - - Elwood dropped Anselmo-Merna by a score of 60-32.
The leading scorer for the Coyotes was Joseph Christen with nine points.
ANSLEY - - Litchfield used a 26-point fourth quarter to derail SMC by a score of 57-41.
Mike Heapy was the leading scorer with 17 points.
Arthur County 46
MULLEN - - Mullen dropped Arthur County 49-46. Riley Rice led the Broncos with 17 points, eight rebounds and one assist.
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