Lady Coyotes place third at Brady Holiday Tourney

BRADY -- The Anselmo-Merna Lady Coyotes captured third place by defeating Paxton 42-28 in the consolation game of the Brady Holiday Tournament. The Lady Coyotes held Paxton to two points in the second quarter and claimed a 23-8 halftime lead. In the second half, both teams played even trading baskets throughout the final two quarters. Anna Finney had a huge game for the Lady Coyotes scoring 16 points and hauling in 19 rebounds. Also scoring for the Lady Coyotes was Victoria Downey with 7 points, Jessi Burnett with 6 points along with 10 rebounds, Julia Downey with 6 points, Sadie Hunt 4 and Katie Kirkpatrick with 3. The Lady Coyotes were sent to the third place game after suffering a 54-21 loss to Brady in the first round of the tournament. Brady dominated the Lady Coyotes in every quarter and the Lady Coyotes were never able to get into the game offensively. Burnett and J. Downey each scored 6 points to lead the Lady Coyotes in scoring. They were followed by Hunt with 5 points and Finney with 4. The Anselmo-Merna boys fell to Brady 54-27 in the first round of the Brady Holiday Tournament. The Coyotes got off to a fair start and trailed by only five points at the end of the first quarter. Brady went on to outscore the Coyotes 18-2 in the second quarter taking a 36-15 halftime lead. After a low scoring third quarter, Brady put the game farther out of reach in the fourth quarter and claimed the win sending the Coyotes to the consolation game against Paxton. Cole Geiser led the Coyotes with 10 points followed by Tyler Evans with 9, Joseph Christen 5 and Gilligan 3. In the consolation game against Paxton, the Coyotes fell behind early in the first quarter before outscoring Paxton 17-11 in the second quarter taking a 22-20 halftime lead. The Coyotes were unable to carry their momentum through the halftime intermission and Paxton was able to outscore the Coyotes by six points in each of the final two quarters to claim third place 48-38. Christen led the Coyotes scoring a game high 18 points followed by Geiser with 15, Evans 4 and Gilligan 1.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Arapahoe Holiday Tournament ARAPAHOE -- The SEM Mustang girls and boys basketball teams placed second at the Arapahoe Holiday Tournament last week with both teams falling to Arapahoe in the championship games. The Lady Mustangs held a 12-9 first quarter lead only to fall behind in the second quarter giving up 18 points to Arapahoe who led 27-22 at the halftime break. Arapahoe increased their lead to 12 points in the third quarter and the Lady Mustangs were unable to mount a comeback in the final quarter falling 51-40. The second place Lady Mustangs were led in scoring by Tabitha Anderson’s 12 points. She was followed by Deidra Brooks, Sara Simmons and Lauren Ibach with 8 points each while Megan Berg finished with 4 points. To get into the championship game, the Lady Mustangs defeated Hitchcock County 50-43 in the first round. The Lady Mustangs outscored Hitchcock County 29-20 in the first half and were able to hold onto the lead throughout the final two quarters for the win. Simmons scored a game high 20 points and led the Lady Mustangs in scoring. Also scoring for the Lady Mustangs was Berg with 14 points, Brooks with 9, Anderson 5 and Ibach 2. The SEM Mustang boys basketball team was outscored 10-2 in the second quarter against Arapahoe in the boys championship game. After trailing 21-13 at halftime, the Mustangs pulled to within in three points of Arapahoe outscoring them 12-7 in the third quarter. The Mustangs were able to tie the game at 30 with six minutes left in the final quarter. Both teams traded baskets for the next three minutes. With less than three minutes remaining, Arapahoe outscored the Mustangs 6-2 with all six of Arapahoe’s points coming from the free throw line as they pulled ahead of SEM for the 44-39 win. SEM’s Dillan Line led all scorers with 23 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Also scoring for the Mustangs were Lance English with 9, Andrey Gallegos 5 and John O’Neill 2. The Mustangs built a 19-9 first quarter lead against Hitchcock County behind a 16-0 run and never trailed for the rest of the game for a 57-45 first round win. Line, again, led all scorers in the game with 21 points and also grabbed 18 rebounds. He was followed in scoring by English with 11, O’Neill 8, Gallegos 7, Joe Harshbarger 4, Angel Boteo 3, Quinten Malcom 2 and Brandon Trampe 1.