Knights crush Longhorns

Sandhills/Thedford 81Hyannis 18 THEDFORD - - Sandhills/Thedford showed their offensive power in an 81-18 pasting of Hyannis last week. The Longhorns didn't know what hit them. The Knights quickly jumped out to a 13-0 first quarter lead before the Longhorns hit a point. The Knights would keep the pressure on the Longhorns throughout the first quarter and would take a 21-7 lead into the second quarter. From there the Knights continued to push the floor and wear out the Longhorns. S/T outscored Hyannis 22-5 in the second quarter and would take a 43-12 lead into halftime. The Knights kept the pressure on in the third quarter, suffocating the Longhorn offense and outscoring the Longhorns 18-4. The fourth quarter was much of the same as the Knights outscored the Longhorns 20-2. "Staying focused the entire game is something we have been emphasizing the past few weeks," said Coach Adam Marten. "We have had some games where we got out early and let the team back or had quarters in which we weren't totally focused, so playing a four quarter game was good to see." With district play less than a month away, Marten would like to see his squad execute their offense on a consistent basis. "We need to execute a little better offensively but, once again, playing more consistently and playing well for four quarters is the most important thing we need to emphasize." The leading contributor for the Knights was Cole Taylor. Taylor scored a game-high 24 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and recorded two blocks. Tyler Lee also had an outstanding performance. Lee scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and recorded one block. Matt McLeod helped out with eight points and Tanner Drews chipped in seven points. Currently, Sandhills/Thedford stands at 10-3 is on a five game win streak. Other games played last week: Valentine 58Broken Bow 38 BROKEN BOW - - Valentine used a 20-point fourth quarter to take the wind out of a Broken Bow comeback and dropped the Indians by a score of 58-38. Valentine would take an early lead and after one quarter of play led the Indians 13-7. However, Broken Bow would fight back in the second quarter. The Indians outscored the Badgers 15-13 in the second quarter and would trail 28-20 at halftime. The Indians continued to chip away at the Badger lead and outscored their opponent 14-10 during the third quarter. Going into the fourth quarter, the Indians found themselves down by a score of 38-34. Everything that was going so well for the Indians turned into a disaster. Valentine quickly jumped on Broken Bow and would outscore the Indians 20-4 in the fourth quarter to close out a 58-38 win. "For three quarters we played really well," first-year coach Anthony Blum said. “In the fourth quarter we cut their lead to 2 and I felt really good about where we were. We turned the ball over on four straight possessions and the two-point deficit ballooned to 10 really fast. We turned the ball over 12 times in the fourth quarter." Blum says turnovers doomed the Indians. "We have to continue to get better at taking care of the ball so we don't give up the big runs we tend to give up," Blum said. "We had 27 turnovers and when that is the case it will make it really tough to win." Broken Bow currently stands at 3-12.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ South Loup 52 Litchfield 49 LITCHFIELD -- South Loup used a late defensive stand to drop Litchfield by a score of 52-49. South Loup quickly jumped on Litchfield and would outscore their opponent 17-10. Litchfield would fight back in the second quarter and outscored the Bobcats 12-11, however South Loup led 28-22 at halftime. Both teams traded baskets in the third quarter, but South Loup would outscore Litchfield 13-10. Litchfield fought back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bobcats 17-11. However, that wasn't enough as South Loup would hold on for the win. Aaron Stryker was the leading scorer for South Loup with 11 points. Justin Ross also helped out with 10 points. Mike Heapy was the leading scorer for Litchfield with 17 points. Currently, South Loup stands at 7-5 and Litchfield sits at 4-9.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SEM 68 Eustis-Farnam 40 SUMNER - - SEM used a strong second half offense to gain momentum and drop Eustis-Farnam 68-40. E-F outscored the Mustangs 15-10 in the first quarter, but SEM would roll back and outscore E-F 21-6 in the second quarter and the Mustangs would take a 31-21 lead into halftime. SEM continued to play well in the second quarter, outscoring E-F 16-11 in the third quarter and 21-8 in the fourth quarter. SEM was led by Dillan Line's 24 points and 15 rebounds. Lance English helped out with 13 points and 10 rebounds. SEM currently sits at 7-6.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Twin Loup 48 Mullen 42 MULLEN - - Twin Loup withstood a fourth quarter Mullen rally to drop the Mustangs 48-42. The first quarter was evenly matched with Twin Loup holding an early 10-9 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter was just as evenly matched, with Twin Loup outscoring Mullen 13-10. Twin Loup would go into halftime with a 23-19 lead. In the third quarter the Wolves found their offensive might, outscoring Mullen 16-7 and would take a 39-26 lead into the fourth quarter. However, Mullen fought back and outscored the Wolves 16-9, but Twin Loup would escape the Mountain Time Zone with a 48-42 win. "We shot very well from the free-throw line," longtime coach Mike Kozeal said. "We did a nice job on the boards as well. Guy Fenske was the leading scorer with 20 points. Laine Bennett came off the bench and scored seven points to go along with a game-high 16 rebounds. For Mullen, Riley Rice was the leading scorer with 20 points.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Stuart 51 Arcadia 34 ARCADIA - - Stuart used a 16-9 fourth quarter to runaway with a 51-34 over Arcadia. The leading scorer for Arcadia was Matthew Quick with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Arcadia currently sits at 3-9.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gothenburg 58 Broken Bow 42 GOTHENBURG-- Gothenburg outscored the Indians 16-3 in the second quarter and that was enough to carry the Swedes to a 58-42 win. Nate Hanson was the leading scorer with 13 points. "Gothenburg was big inside but we have to find a way to rebound because we are going to be the smaller team almost every night we play," Coach Blum said.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ South Loup 53 Mullen 43 ARNOLD - - South Loup dropped Mullen 53-43. Aaron Stryker was the leading scorer with 19 points. Justin Ross helped out with 13 points. No stats to report from Mullen.~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wheeler Central 64 Twin Loup 48 BARTLET - - Wheeler Central controlled the momentum early and often and coasted to a 64-48 win. Guy Fenske was the leading scorer with 16 points.