Trojans improve to 5-0, hand Knights second loss

LITCHFIELD -- The Litchfield Trojans improved to 5-0 on the season with wins over Loup County and Sandhills/Thedford last week. Last Tuesday, the Trojans easily defeated Loup County 71-32 as they held the Wildcats to only seven points in each of the first three quarters. The Trojans scored 27 points in the second quarter leading to a 43-14 halftime lead. Adam Kucera led the Trojans with 25 points followed by Tyson Howard with 15, Sam Reynolds 9, Kaleb Sekutera 6, Michael Heapy 4, Nat Schrock 4, Danny Woolery 2, Austin Kramer 2, Tyler Snow 2 and Ricky Magner 2. The Wildcats were led by Tyler Barta with 12 points followed by Tyrel Hinton with 8, Justin Stapleman 7, Trey Caldwell 3 and Dylan Strohl-Yeomans 2. Friday night, the Trojans outlasted the Sandhills/ Thedford Knights in a game that went down to the wire. The Knights held a 17-15 lead after the first quarter before the Trojans took over the second quarter outscoring the Knights 17-9 for a 6-point halftime advantage. The Knights reclaimed the lead in the third quarter with an offensive outburst of 20 points while holding the Trojans to 12. In the final quarter, the Trojans were able to get the lead back and held it to the final buzzer outscoring the Knights 18-10. Kucera again led the Trojans in scoring with 24 points while pulling down 19 rebounds. He was followed in scoring by Howard with 13 points, Sekutera who had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Reynolds scored 10 points and Heapy scored 3. Kale Anderson led the Knights with 21 points followed by Matt McLeod with 9, Ty Sierks 9, Tyler Lee 8, Trey Spencer 4, Cole Taylor 3 and Brady Marten 2.CWC 75 OTSandhills/Thedford 71 DUNNING -- The Knights lost an 18-14 first quarter lead when CWC scored 27 points in the second quarter to take a 41-37 lead at halftime. The Knights rallied in the third quarter to take a five point lead into the final period. The Knights allowed CWC 20 fourth quarter points while scoring 15 of their own leaving the game tied at the end of the fourth quarter. CWC then outscored the Knights 6-2 in overtime for the 75-71 win. The Knights were led by Anderson’s 28 points followed by McLeod with 10, Lee 9, Sierks 8, Marten 7, Spencer 6 and Taylor 3.Loup County 41Elba 18 ELBA -- The Loup County Wildcats picked up their first win of the season defeating Elba 41-18. The Wildcats held a 25-9 halftime lead then expanded it to 36-9 in the third quarter in route to the win. Strohl-Yeomans led Loup County with 12 points followed by Barta with 11, Brandon Barker 5, Hinton 5, Caldwell 4, Andrew Ritchie 3 and Stapleman 1.Mullen 80Gordon-Rushville 66 GORDON -- The Mullen Broncos improved to 6-1 before the holiday break after defeating Gordon-Rushville 80-66 last Saturday. Mullen used an 18-10 second quarter to take the 41-29 lead at the half. After a high scoring third quarter, the Broncos held on in the fourth quarter for a 14-point win. Gabe Connealy led Mullen with 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Connealy was followed in scoring by Riley Rice with 15 points, Jake Spies with 12, Zach Call 11, Nathan Vinton 10, Braden Storer 2 and Ben Carson 2.Mullen 57Cody-Kilgore 40 MULLEN -- The Broncos needed a 17-5 first quarter and an 18-8 third quarter to build a 44-19 lead going into the fourth quarter Friday night. Cody-Kilgore scored 21 points in the final quarter but it was not near enough to overcome Mullen’s large lead. The Broncos were led by Connealy with 21 points followed by Rice with 11, Spies 10, Storer 7, Vinton 4, Call 2 and Carson 2.Mullen 45South Loup 38 MULLEN -- Mullen handed the South Loup Bobcats their first loss of the season with a 45-38 LVC victory. The Broncos increased their lead to 36-17 after scoring 17 third quarter points. The Bobcats battled back in the fourth with 21 points to Mullen’s 9 but it was not enough to stay unbeaten. Connealy, Vinton and Spies scored 9 points each to lead Mullen. They were followed by Rice with 7 points, Call with 6, Bryan Gray 3, Carson 2 and Storer 2. The South Loup Bobcats were led by Aaron Stryker, Chase Schwarz and Zane Ellis with 9 points each. They were followed by Brent Urbanovsky with 7 points, Robert Pierce with 2 and Drew Blowers 2. South Loup 53Medicine Valley 25 CURTIS -- The South Loup Bobcats got back on the winning track defeating Medicine Valley 53-25. The Bobcats outscored Medicine Valley 42-11 in quarters two and three opening a large lead going into the final quarter. The Bobcats lead allowed younger players to get playing time in the fourth quarter. The Bobcats were led in scoring by Pierce with 12 points, Kyle Potter with 11, Ellis 9, Bowers 7, Stryker 5, Eamon Schwarz 4, Urbanovsky 3 and Tanner Cline 2.Ainsworth 60Broken Bow 47 AINSWORTH -- The Broken Bow Indians were outscored 18-6 in the second quarter which led to an Ainsworth 34-18 halftime advantage. The Indians came out of the halftime intermission and played better in the second half to outscore Ainsworth 29-26. Broken Bow, who was without their scoring and rebounding leader Nathan Scott, were led in scoring by Marc Sleicher with 15 points. Also scoring for the Indians were Nate Hanson with 13 points, Michael Scott with 6, Tanner Johnson 5, Tyler Kozisek 3, Chad Christensen 3 and Justin McCullough 2.St. Paul 53Broken Bow 46 BROKEN BOW -- The Broken Bow Indians trailed by 2 points, 23-21, at halftime then were outscored 13-7 in the third quarter. The 8-points lead became to much for the Indians to overcome as they were unable to claim the lead in the final quarter. The Indians were led in scoring by Hanson with 16 points followed by Kozisek with 15 points, Sleicher with 8, Johnson 5 and M. Scott with 2.S-E-M 57Ansley 21 ANSLEY -- The S-E-M Mustangs outscored Ansley in the second and third quarters 21-2 in route to a 57-21 victory last Tuesday night. Dillan Line led the Mustangs with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Following Line in scoring was Lance English with 13 points, Andry Gallegos with 8, Nolan Smith 6, John O’Neill 5, Brandon Trampe 4, Angel Boteo 2 and Joe Harshbarger 2. The Ansley Warriors were led by Chris Varney with 10 points followed by Austin Rohde with 6, Tobey Slingsby 3 and Nolan McCulley with 2.Ansley 37Anselmo-Merna 33 MERNA -- The Ansley Warriors overcame an Anselmo-Merna 2-point halftime lead by scoring 12 points in each of the final two quarters. The Warriors held the Coyotes to 18 points in the second half for the 37-33 win. The Warriors were led in scoring by Varney with 11 points followed by Focken with 10 points, Jesse Mullen 7, Slingsby 4, Garett Amsberry 3 and McCulley 2. Joseph Christen led the Coyotes with 18 points and Cole Geiser with 15 points and 12 rebounds.Overton 79Anselmo-Merna 27 MERNA -- The Anselmo-Merna Coyotes fell behind Overton 28-2 in the first quarter then were outscored 43-19 in the second half for their fifth straight loss. Leading scorer for the Coyotes was Geiser with 14 points. Geiser was followed by Christen with 7 points, Trey Gilligan 4 and Alecs Rumery 2. Sargent 57SMC 44 TRYON -- The Sargent Bulldogs jumped out to a 17-6 first quarter lead and never trailed for the rest of the ball game for a 57-44 win. Guy Fenske led the Bulldogs with 37 points and 17 rebounds. Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Casey Richards with 12 points, Tyke Kozeal with 4, Ridge Horky 2 and Brady Sutton 2.Arcadia 60Elba 15 ARCADIA -- The Arcadia Huskies picked up a big win last Tuesday routing Elba 60-15. The Huskies jumped out to a 19-0 first quarter lead and never looked back as the picked up their second win this season. Brady Chilewski led the Huskies with 13 points followed by Dalton Williams with 12 points, Luke Schmauder 9, TJ Oltman 6, Cameron Charles 6, Matthew Quick 5, Zach Lueck 4, Ray Brawdy 3 and Andre Loehden 2.