Twin Loup 48
BROKEN BOW - - Twin Loup flexed their defensive muscle and dropped Sandhills/Thedford 48-39 to clinch the Loup County Valley Conference championship Monday night at Broken Bow High School Monday night.
The Wolves and Knights battled evenly for the first three minutes, then two players emerged to give the Wolves momentum.
Ryan Mosier and Brandon hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first quarter and put Twin Loup up 16-8 after one quarter.
Sandhills/Thedford was able to slow down the Twin Loup offensive attack in the second quarter, but the Knights weren't able to muster enough offense to make the match-up close; only two players scored points in the second quarter. S/T's Cole Taylor scored eight points and Twin Loup's Guy Fenske dropped in six points.
Twin Loup led 22-16 at halftime.
Just when the Knights were looking to make a move, Twin Loup was ready.
Just as he quarterbacked the Sargent football team to a state championship in football, Guy Fenske took the lead.
Fenske would score 12 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter.
S/T was not able to find the basket and saw a 6-point halftime deficit turn into a fourth quarter 12-point hole.
Twin Loup was able to withstand S/T Cole Taylor’s eight points in the fourth quarter and cruise for the win.
"We played very well," Coach Mike Kozeal said. "This was an entire team effort. Numerous kids stepped up and did their job which made the win very rewarding."
Kozeal couldn't say enough about Guy Fenske and the rest of his squad.
"Guy was the most dominate player on the court," Kozeal said. "Tyke Kozeal had a solid night, pulling down nine rebounds, Brandon Barker and Ryan Mosier hit four 3-pointers and their shooting caused Sandhills/Thedford to get out of their box and play defense."
With the win, Twin Loup improved to 12-7 and Sandhills/Thedford fell to 13-5.
South Loup 57
BROKEN BOW - - South Loup relied on clutch three-point shooting in the second half to gain momentum and crush Mullen 57-39 in the consolation game of the LVC tourney.
South Loup was clinging to a 26-22 lead at halftime, and then the South Loup offense came alive in the second half. The Bobcats outscored Mullen 16-2 in the third quarter and 19-11 in the fourth quarter.
Kyle Potter had a huge night for the Bobcats. He shot 4 of 7 from behind the arc and scored 15 points. Aaron Stryker helped out with 11 points.
No stats to report from Mullen.
With the win, South Loup improved to 9-7 and Mullen fell to 11-11.
Broken Bow 51
BROKEN BOW - - Lexington outscored Broken Bow 20-13 in the first quarter and would withstand a Broken Bow rally in the fourth quarter to drop the Indians 58-51.
There were three players in double-digits for Broken Bow. Michael Coleman led the Indians with 12 points and Hunter Campbell and Marcus Miller both dropped in 11 points.
With the loss, Broken Bow falls to 3-13.
KEARNEY - - SEM wasn't able to muster enough offense and fell to Pleasanton in the opening round of the Fort Kearney Tournament.
The contest was close in the first quarter, with SEM outscoring the Bulldogs 18-17.
Then SEM went cold from the floor and didn't score a point in the second quarter and were down 24-18 at halftime. Pleasanton's offense erupted in the third quarter and the Bulldogs outscored SEM 20-12.
Both teams traded baskets in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as SEM fell.
Dillan Line was the leading scorer with 19 points.
With the loss, SEM falls to 7-8.