Ansley runs away with LVC title

Ansley 48Sandhills /Thedford 29 BROKEN BOW - - The Ansley Lady Warriors used a 14-point second quarter to carry them to a 48-29 win over Sandhills/Thedford and in the process claimed the Loup Valley Conference championship at Broken Bow High School Monday night Entering the game, the match-up in the paint between Ansley's 5'11" center Kathleen Ryan and Sandhills/Thedford's 5'10” Shelby Saner was going to prove intriguing; Ryan won the battle in the first quarter. The Lady Warriors ran their offense through Ryan in the first quarter and she scored six of the Lady Warriors 14 points. Sandhills/Thedford didn't have much success working their offense in the paint in the opening quarter, but the Lady Knights did see open looks in their back court. Taylor Marten and Sarah Miles both scored on mid-range jump shots and Michaela Miles nailed a deep 3-pointer. After one quarter of action, the Lady Warriors led 14-9. In the second quarter, Ansley's Siera Rohde scored nine of her game-high 19 points. However, the Lady Knights were not going to go away. After a silent first quarter, S/T's Saner became a force to be reckoned with. Saner didn't score any points, but she grabbed four of her six rebounds in the second quarter. S/T's Taylor Marten scored four of her six points in the second quarter to keep the Lady Knights within striking distance. After one half of play, Ansley led 28-16. The third quarter would prove to be the difference in the match-up. Ansley and Sandhills/Thedford traded basket for basket with the Lady Warriors outscoring the Lady Knights 13-11. S/T had success scoring points in the paint in the third quarter. Saner scored eight of her team-high 12 points. However, Ansley used a balanced offensive attack to offset the damage Saner was doing inside. Rohde scored five points, Kate Watts dropped in four points and Ryan scored two points. Ansley outscored Sandhills/Thedford 7-2 in the fourth quarter to close out the win. "We did a really good job of neutralizing their offense," Coach Travis Olson said. "We didn't defend Shelby Saner like we should have, but it was still a great effort." Olson was pleased how Siera Rohde stepped up and played. "Siera did a great job for us," Olson said. "If you look at how we've played this season, it seems a different girl will step up and lead us when needed. This game that happened to be Siera." With the win, the Lady Warriors are looking to close out their season on a high note and prepare for sub-district play. "Sandhills/Thedford is a great team and one of the better teams we will play this year," Olson said. "To beat a quality team will give us confidence to finish out the regular season on a strong note and prepare for post-season play." With the win, Ansley improves their record to 17-2 and Sandhills/Thedford falls to 16-4. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Litchfield 47Arcadia 43 BROKEN BOW - - Litchfield and Arcadia met in the LVC consolation game Monday night. The first half was evenly played and the Lady Huskies would take a19-17 halftime lead. The second half proved to be the difference in the match-up. The Lady Trojans would outscore the Lady Huskies 15-10 and gain momentum. Litchfield kept the pressure on the Lady Huskies and would outscore their opponent 15-14 to clinch the win. Taylor Pickar was the leading scorer for the Lady Trojans with a game-high 16 points. Alivia Wardyn proved to be a difference-maker for Litchfield as she recorded 10 points and nine rebounds. Leading the way for the Lady Huskies was Sapphire Sillivan with 15 points. Shayla Trotter helped out with 14 points. With the win, Litchfield improved their record to 9-9 and Arcadia falls to 11-10. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lexington 57Broken Bow 34 BROKEN BOW - - Lexington was able to jump out to a fast start and close out the Lady Indians by a score of 57-34. The Lady Indians had a difficult time finding the basket in the first quarter and were outscored 12-2. The Lady Indians fought back in the second quarter as the Lady Indians scored 10 points compared to the Minute-Maid's 11. Lexington would take a 23-12 lead into halftime. The third quarter was an offensive explosion as both teams scored as many points combined in the first half. Lexington dropped in 23 points compared to Broken Bow's 12 points. Lexington outscored Broken Bow 11 to 10 in the fourth quarter to close out the contest. Halie Jones was the leading scorer for Broken Bow with 12 points.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ansley 56 Litchfield 45 BROKEN BOW - - Ansley was able to slow down a Litchfield rally and dropped their future teammates 56-45 in a LVC semi-final bout. The Lady Warriors were able to gain the upper hand in the first quarter, outscoring the Lady Trojans 16-10. Litchfield would come storming back in the second quarter, and outscored Ansley 14-12. Ansley would take a 28-24 halftime lead. Both teams traded baskets in the third quarter, with Ansley winning the scoring advantage 12-11. Ansley was clinging to a 40-35 lead after three quarters of action. Ansley was able to gain momentum and find their shooting touch, and outscored Litchfield 16-10 in the fourth quarter and securing the win. "That is what a tournament game should be like," Coach Travis Olson said. "It was very intense. Litchfield played really well but I think our experience really helped us out. Katie Drake came up with a huge performance." Leading the way for Ansley was Katie Drake with a game-high 24 points. Sierra Rohde also contributed 13 points. Taylor Pickar scored a team-high 14 points. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ansley 54 Anselmo-Merna 24 ANSLEY - - Ansley used a strong first half to propel them to a 54-24 win over Anselmo-Merna in the first round of the LVC tournament. Ansley jumped out quickly and outscored A-M 17-5 in the first quarter. Anselmo-Merna found their offensive groove in the second quarter, but Ansley continued to find the basket and the Lady Warriors outscored A-M 16-11. The Lady Warriors took a 33-16 lead into halftime. Ansley outscored A-M 12-6 in the third quarter and 9-2 in the fourth quarter to close out the win. Courtney Marsh, Katie Drake and Siera Rohde each scored 14 points to lead the Lady Warriors. For A-M, Victoria Downey was the leading scorer with nine points and Katie Kirkpatrick chipped in six points for the Lady 'Yotes.