Minatare finishes strong
     2012-02-16      By Brian Hale    brianhale@geringcitizen.com
Minatare senior Sabrina Longoria leads the pack as she breaks away for a layup against Leyton in a Jan. 27 game at Minatare. 
The Minatare boys’ basketball team got a win Saturday night at home against the Hyannis Longhorns, 65-33. The young Indians were led by freshman guard Javier Guerrero, who hit six 3-pointers and was 2-for-2 from the line for 20 points. Senior Nathan Wojciechowski pulled down several key rebounds for Minatare. Several of the Minatare JV players also play on the varsity team and they played very well in both games.
Coach Gene Russel said after the game, “We worked really hard in practice this week. We wanted to prove that if we really worked hard, then it would show in the game.” And it did. The Indians seemed to be in sync much better tonight. It even showed in the JV game.
The Indians never trailed as they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back winning by 22. The victory was Minatare’s fourth against 12 losses. The Indians will face the Warriors of Sioux County Feb. 20 in the first round of sub-district play at 6 p.m. in Mitchell. The winner will face No. 1 seed Leyton the next night at 5:30 p.m. while Potter-Dix and Banner County square off in the 7 p.m. game. The championship game is set for Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.
In girls’ action, the No. 6 seed Minatare came up short Monday night in first round sub-district play against the No. 5 seed Leyton Lady Warriors. It was close all the way and both teams hustled to the final buzzer. In the end, it was the Lady Warriors who prevailed 33-30 to advance to face No. 1 seed Banner County. Then, the next night in a stellar defensive effort, the Lady Warriors stopped the Lady Wildcats, 33-27 while No. 2 seed Potter-Dix beat No. 3 seed Sioux County, 44-34, to advance to Thursday’s final matchup against Leyton at 7 p.m. in Mitchell.
The D2-12 sub-district play begins for the boys Feb. 20 with No. 4 seed Minatare taking on No. 5 seed Sioux County at Mitchell High School. The winner of that game will advance to play No. 1 seed Leyton Tuesday night. In the other bracket, No. 2 Banner County will face No. 3 seed Potter-Dix in the late game. The Championship game is set for Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Mitchell.

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