Broken Bow girls, boys suffer holiday losses

GRAND ISLAND -- The Broken Bow girls and boys basketball teams found a new venue for this season’s holiday tournament and the new site was not very giving to the Indians. The Northwest Holiday Tournament field included three class B teams, Northwest, Beatrice and Sidney along with class C1 Broken Bow. The Indian girls and boys teams lost to the host Northwest Vikings in the first round then both lost to Sidney in the consolation round last Wednesday. The Lady Indians, coming off a two game winning streak, was paired up with a much taller Northwest team in the first round. The Northwest Vikings were not only taller, but they handled the ball and shot well enough to score the first 20 points of the ball game. The Lady Indians finally got on the scoreboard with four points in the first quarter to Northwest’s 22. In the second quarter, the Lady Indians slowed the pace and and were able to get to the free throw line for uncontested shots at the basket. With eight of their first 12 points coming from the free throw line, the Lady Indians trailed Northwest 34-12 at halftime. The second half began and ended much like the first quarter. The Vikings used their height and strong shooting ability to increase the lead in the final two periods as the Lady Indians continued to struggle putting the ball through the basket. The Vikings outscored the Lady Indians 37-17 in the second half. Taylor Pearson led the Lady Indians with 12 points followed by Kelsie Myers with 5, Brittany Leverington 4, Halie Jones 4, Gabe Minnick 2 and Katie Loughran 2. The 71-29 loss to Northwest sent the Lady Indians to the consolation game against Sidney. Against Sidney, the Lady Indians, again, found themselves falling behind early in the ball game as Sidney outscored them 17-7 in the first quarter. The Lady Indians worked their way back to within four points in the second quarter but trailed at halftime 27-16. The second half opened with Sidney outscoring the Lady Indians 19-5 in the third quarter and the Lady Indians were unable to narrow the margin in the fourth losing 52-31. Jones led the Lady Indians in scoring with 7 points followed by Pearson with 6, Minnick 5, Michaela Geiser 4, Loughran 2, Myers 2 and Sami Gaston 2. In first round boys action, the Indians quickly found themselves in a hole as Northwest raced up and down the floor gaining a 24-7 first quarter advantage. The Indians were able to keep pace with the Vikings in the second quarter but trailed 40-19 at halftime. The Vikings opened the second half with a 21-8 third quarter advantage that put the game out of reach for the Indians. Nate Hanson led the Indians with a career high 19 points, he was followed by Tyler Kozisek with 10 points, Chad Christensen with 5, Marc Sleicher 2, Justin McCullough 2 and Tanner Johnson 2. “We didn’t handle Northwest’s pressure as well as we should have and ended up turning the ball over too many times,” said Broken Bow head coach Zane Harvey. “We also struggled with our transition defense as Northwest was able to get a lot of layups.” The 77-40 loss to Northwest sent the Indians to the third place game against Sidney. In the consolation game, Sidney jumped out to an early lead but the Indians were able to close the deficit with some timely outside shooting from Johnson and Kozisek to pull with in 17-12 at the end of the first quarter. Sidney changed up their defense in the second quarter which made it harder for the Indians to score while Sidney’s offense slowly increased the lead to 30-18 at halftime. Sidney opened the second half outscoring the Indians 15-9. Trailing 45-27 to start the fourth quarter, the Indians were able to score 17 points in the final period but were unable to keep Sidney from scoring 16 of their own for a 61-44 final score. The Indians were led by Johnson’ s 14 points followed by Kozisek with 9, Hanson 8, Michael Coleman 6, Michael Scott 5 and Marc Sleicher 2. “This was one of our better outside shooting nights as we connected on nine 3-point shots, however, we really struggled against Sidney’s height which helped give them an advantage on the boards and scoring in the paint,” said Harvey. “We knew going in that this was going to be a tough tournament for us playing against bigger schools but we thought this would be a good opportunity to try to make ourselves better,” said Harvey. “I liked how we responded against Sidney and how we competed after the ugly game the night before. I was also happy with some of the things our younger players did with their chances to play.”