The Sandhills/Thedford Knights were able to stay within 10 points of Howells in the first half, but in the second half the Bobcats outscored the Knights 46-12. The 77-33 loss sent the Knights home in the first round of the Boys State Basketball Tournament.
Sandhills/Thedford's Kale Anderson scored 21 of the Knights' 33 total points to lead the Knights in scoring. The rest of the Knights' offense struggled throughout the game to put the ball through the rim as Anderson was the only player to score over two points in the game. Scoring two points each for the Knights were Brady Marten, Tyler Lee, AJ Freeman, Matt McLeod, Cole Taylor and Ty Sierks.
Howells made 16 of 19 free throws and had all but two players score in the game. The Bobcats were led by Sam Schlautman with 24 points, Brian Bayer with 17 and Tyler Brester with 11.
Sandhills/Thedford's season ends with 19 wins and 8 losses. Howells advances to the Class D2 semifinals to play Pawnee City at 8:45 tonight.