Minatare boys bounce back after first loss
     2015-02-12      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Roger Holsinger Photography - Minatare’s Tyler Koke dives for the ball against Sioux County’s Nathan Woodrum while Koke’s teammate, Chance McAllister watches, during action in Minatare Feb. 6. Minatare came out on top, 54-43. 
After opening the season with 14 straight victories, the Minatare boys’ basketball team met defeat with a thud last Tuesday at Hemingford, with the host Bobcats using a solid early defensive effort in rolling to a 71-42 win.

However, the Indians’ loss did not deter them later in the week and Minatare rebounded with a pair of home victories, 55-44 over Oelrichs, S.D., on Thursday and 54-43 over Sioux County on Friday.
With an inability to adjust to Hemingford’s pressure defense early, Minatare was unable to stop the fast-moving Bobcats and fell behind 21-6 after one quarter. Hemingford extended its lead to 18 in the second quarter and led 35-17 at halftime.

The Indians cut into the Bobcats’ lead after three quarters, trailing 46-32 and closing the deficit to under 10 points. Hemingford finished strong, however, outscoring Minatare 25-10 in the fourth period for the 29-point victory.

Hemingford was 15-1 after the win and finished the week 16-2 after the Bobcats finished second to Bridgeport in the Western Trails Conference Tournament.

Minatare was led in scoring by junior Yovan Perez with 15 points. Senior Juan Garfio followed with 11 points and senior Javier Guerrero finished with 10.

Hemingford senior Matthew Wood hit five 3-point shots on his way to scoring a game-high 27 points. Bobcat senior Colt Foster followed with 15 points and junior Tanner Benge added 10.

In its game against Oelrichs (6-10), Minatare trailed the visiting Tigers 12-5 after the first quarter and 27-25 at halftime before the Indians took over in the third quarter. A 14-6 run put Minatare ahead 39-33 after three periods, and the Indians outscored the Tigers 16-11 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Perez led Minatare with 16 points, four steals and four assists, and Guerrero followed with 10 points. Garfio had a team-high seven rebounds to go with his six points, while Perez and junior Dominic Longoria had six rebounds each.

The Indians extended their new winning streak to two with their win over Sioux County (14-4). The Warriors led by one after the first quarter before Minatare took a 19-16 lead into the halftime break.
The Indians then took command in the third quarter with a 17-9 run to take a 36-25 advantage, and each team scored 18 in the fourth quarter to leave Minatare’s margin of victory at 11.

Perez scored 16 points and Guerrero netted 15 for the Indians. Perez shared game-high scoring honors with Sioux County senior Nathan Woodrum with 16 points, and Warrior junior Garrett Ellis followed Woodrum with 14.

Minatare held a 26-19 advantage in rebounds, led by Longoria with nine boards. Senior Tyler Koke followed with six. Garfio had team highs of four assists and four steals, and Perez also had four thefts.

Minatare will play host to Bayard (12-8 entering its Tuesday game against Leyton) on Friday and travel to Hyannis on Saturday. The Indians complete their regular-season schedule on Feb. 20 at Potter-Dix.

The Minatare girls fell to 0-15 after they suffered lopsided losses to Hemingford (73-15), Oelrichs (59-16) and Sioux County (59-10). Individual statistics for the Indians were unavailable.
The Minatare girls will entertain Bayard on Friday and visit Hyannis on Saturday before the Indians enter Sub-district D2-11 play Monday at Sidney, likely against Banner County on Monday. That result and time was to become set today (Thursday).

Following its win over Minatare, Hemingford (19-2) won three games in as many days to win the WTC tournament’s girls’ bracket for the first time.

Banner County boys get win over South Platte

Banner County senior Tyson Dahlgrin and Kadan Huber posted double-doubles in leading the host Wildcats to a 66-52 victory over South Platte in Minuteman Activities Conference action at Harrisburg.
Dahlgrin led three Wildcats in double-figure scoring with his game-high 26 points while he grabbed a team-high 16 rebounds. Huber followed with 18 points and 10 rebounds and also had a team-high seven assists.

Senior Mike McKown added 15 points for Banner County and had a team-high three steals to go with five assists and three rebounds.
South Platte (1-13) also had three double-digit scorers, led by sophomore Jeremy Bartels’ 23 points.

The Wildcats (4-11) then started out strong against Sioux County in a Saturday visit to Harrison, but the host Warriors used a 24-7 third-quarter run to overcome a five-point halftime deficit and rolled to a 62-47 victory.

Banner County had led 30-25 at halftime after outscoring Sioux County 15-11 in the second quarter.

Huber led the Wildcats with 20 points and four steals, while Dahlgrin followed with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Woodrum led Sioux County (14-4) with 19 points and dished out nine assists while making four steals. Senior Kyle Westover added 17 points to his team-high nine rebounds. Ellis followed with 13 points and four steals for the Warriors.

Banner County’s girls saw a chance to possibly move out of Monday’s sub-district first-round game and into the semifinals when the Wildcats let a seven-point lead Friday against South Platte get away from them, and the Blue Knights escaped Harrisburg with a 33-31 victory.

Banner County had led 18-11 at halftime and 26-19 after three quarters before South Platte mounted its winning comeback by outscoring the Wildcats 14-5 in the fourth frame.
For South Platte (2-12), sophomore Shelby Richards led the Blue Knights’ charge with 13 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks, while freshman Audrey Dickmander followed with 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Banner County got eight points apiece from sophomore Savannah Jordan and freshman Courtney Knisley. Freshman MaKenna Dahlgrin, while held to four points, grabbed 17 rebounds for the Wildcats, and Knisley made four steals.

On Saturday, Banner County fell behind Sioux County early and was shut out in the second quarter, with the host Warriors taking a 47-26 victory in Harrison.

Sioux County (9-10) led 15-8 after the first quarter and 24-8 at halftime.

Banner County (2-14) got 10 points apiece from Dahlgrin and Hanan, while Dahlgrin added 14 rebounds for a double-double. Junior Paige Cross added eight rebounds and Hanan grabbed seven boards, while Dahlgrin had three blocked shots and Knisley made three steals.

Banner County was home against Hyannis on Tuesday and will travel to Potter-Dix in the girls’ regular-season finale before sub-district action starts Monday. The Wildcat boys will play host to Bayard on Feb. 20 to close out their regular season before their sub-district play starts Feb. 23 in Sidney.

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