Bayard boys score weekend sweep
     2013-01-10      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Shelia Weber/For the Citizen
Banner County's Bryce Olsen drives the action to the net as Minatare's Dominic Longoria defends at an early season game in Minatare. The Wildcats earned their first win on Monday against Hyannis 51-36.
 
Banner County boys down Hyannis for first win

The Bayard boys’ basketball team rode senior Brayden Parriott’s 22 points to a hard-fought, 44-43 victory Friday night over Potter-Dix at the Bayard High School gymnasium.

The Tigers’ victory kicked off a nice start for 2013, following with a 43-21 win Saturday at Gordon-Rushville. The wins improved Bayard’s record to 4-6 heading into the Tigers’ Tuesday night game at Morrill.

The Bayard girls could not match the Tiger boys’ successes, taking a 44-39 loss Friday to Potter-Dix and a 59-32 setback Saturday to Gordon-Rushville. The losses left the Tiger girls at 2-8 heading into their Tuesday night game at Morrill.

Bayard travels to Hemingford on Friday and will entertain Yoder- Southeast on Tuesday.

Banner County
The Wiildcat teams entered this week still looking for their first wins after they were swept at home Friday by Hay Springs and at Hemingford on Saturday.

On Monday night at home against Hyannis, the Banner County boys finally broke through and downed Hyannis 51-36. The Wildcat girls, however, were taken down by the Longhorns 71-29.

The Wildcat boys (1-9) had to overcome a five-point deficit in the second quarter and used an 11-2 stretch to finish the half with a 23-17 lead. Banner County led by just three at 39-36 in the final five minutes before the Wildcats finished with 12 unanswered points to secure the victory.

Sophomore Tyson Dahlgren led the Wildcats (1-9) with 16 points, seven rebounds, four steals and one blocked shot. Mike McKown followed with 12 points and Kadan Huber added nine, while Brenton Soule scored eight points and had 10 rebounds. Hyannis dropped to 1-8 with the loss.

Over the weekend, the Banner County boys led Hay Springs 36-29 after three quarters before the Hawks outscored the Wildcats 20-10 in the fourth quarter to take a 49-46 win.

Dahlgren fueled Banner County with a game-high 19 points and McKown added 15 and Ben Hosteller put in 10. Hay Springs (2-7) was led by Regg Strogheide’s 16 points with Jordan Encinia adding 13 for the Hawks, who lost Saturday to Leyton at Dalton.

On Saturday, the Wildcats were downed 69-23 at Hemingford. The Bobcats (6-3) got 19 points from Matthew Wood and 16 from Brady Turek. McKown led Banner County with six points.

In girls’ action Monday night, Hyannis (4-4) jumped out to a 27-7 advantage after one quarter and never looked back. Savanna Jamison led the Longhorns with 24 points, while Ashlynne Hanan led Banner County with eight points.

On Friday, Hay Springs defeated Banner County 55-14, and the Wildcats lost to Hemingford 73-17 on Saturday.

The Wildcats will travel to Crawford on Friday before they play host to Minatare on Saturday. BCHS will begin play in the Minuteman Activities Conference Tournament on Tuesday.

Minatare
The Minatare boys picked up the second semester where the Indians left off from 2012, improving to 5-1 with a 41-39 victory Saturday over Creek Valley (4-4) in Chappell.

The Minatare girls (1-5) were turned back by the Creek Valley Storm, which improved to 3-5 by downing the Indians 54-17.

Minatare began the week by playing host to Garden County (4-6 boys) on Tuesday, and the Indians will be at Banner County on Saturday before opening the Minuteman Activities Conference Tournament on Tuesday.

Mitchell
The Tiger teams both had tough second-semester openers Saturday night at Chadron, with the host Cardinals scoring a 58-38 win in the boys’ game and the CHS girls winning 56-17.

The Chadron boys (5-6) rode Spencer Eliason’s 27-point, 13-rebound performance to victory. Mitchell (4-6) was led by Bo McVay’s 11 points.

In the girls’ game, Chadron (11-1) had back-to-back quarter scores of 13-8 to lead 26-8 at halftime. Mitchell (4-6) had Chalsey Grentz and Taylor Peters score four apiece, while Ashlea Kerr led the Cardinals with 14 points.

Mitchell began a busy week with a home doubleheader Tuesday against Burns, Wyo. The Tigers will head west on Highway 26 to play at Morrill on Friday, and Mitchell plays host to Bridgeport on Saturday.

Morrill
The Morrill girls got the Lions’ only victory in a pair of home doubleheaders with a 55-12 win Friday over Guernsey-Sunrise.
Brittany Zwiebel led the Lions with 12 points and Taylor Cooper added 10.

On Saturday, Morrill was dealt a 64-31 setback to a strong Kimball team, which improved to 6-1 behind 14 points from Darbi Klinkhammer. Zwiebel again led the Lions (4-5) with 12 points.

The Morrill boys suffered a 74-45 setback to Guernsey-Sunrise on Friday before undefeated Kimball downed the Lions 58-23 on Saturday.
Taylor Lackey led Morrill (4-5) with six points, while Kimball (7-0) got off to a 34-8 halftime lead and received 13 points from Mike Daum and 10 from Jake Reader.

Morrill played host to Bayard on Tuesday and has Mitchell at home on Friday.

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