Minatare makes sub-district final with win over Banner County
     2015-02-26      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Roger Holsinger Photography - Bayard Tigers senior Tyler Fiscus takes the jumper while Minatare senior Chance McAllister (No. 22) tries to stop him and junior teammate Yovan Perez eyes the action as the two teams met up in Minatare on Feb. 13. Bayard outplayed Minatare in the second half and went home with the 48-46 win, giving the Indians their second loss of the season. Minatare (19-2) will play for the Sub-District D2-11 championship tonight (Thursday) against Leyton in Sidney. 
For the second straight year, the Minatare and Leyton boys’ basketball teams will play for the Sub-District D2-11 title after the Indians and Warriors scored semifinal victories Tuesday night in Sidney.

No. 1 seeded Minatare advanced to Thursday’s final with a 63-47 victory over Banner County in Tuesday’s first semifinal.

The other semifinal had No. 2 seed Leyton (12-9) take a 60-45 victory No. 3 seed Garden County (7-10).

Minatare and Leyton play today (Thursday) at 6 p.m. for a berth in district play. The Indians will be looking to avenge their 52-39 loss to the Warriors in last year’s district final; Minatare defeated Leyton 54-42 on Jan. 30 in Dalton.
Sub-district action for the Class C and D boys’ teams began Monday after the girls completed their sub-district play last Thursday.

The Banner County boys kept their season alive for one more day, using solid second- and third-quarter efforts to roll past South Platte 44-26 in first-round play of the Sub-District D2-11 tournament at the Cabela’s Athletic Facility in Sidney.
Senior Tyson Dahlgrin led the No. 4 seed Wildcats with 16 points, 19 rebounds and four steals. Senior Michael McKown followed with 13 points and had three steals, as did senior Kadan Huber to go with his seven-point effort.

South Platte (1-17) got nine points five blocks from junior Rowan Ford and seven points and seven rebounds from senior Zack Schnabel.
The win put Banner County (6-14) against No. 1 seed Minatare (19-2), which had beaten the Wildcats in their two meetings during the regular season.
The Indians wasted little time in running toward their 19th win of the year and third over Banner County.

Minatare took a 17-2 lead after one quarter and led 25-15 at halftime after the Wildcats recovered in the second quarter, 13-8. The Indians led 40-28 after the third period.
Junior Yovan Perez led Minatare with 16 points, including three 3-point baskets. Senior Javier Guerrero followed Perez with 15 points, and junior Dominic Longoria added 14.

In his final game as a Wildcat, Dahlgrin finished with 26 points, 18 rebounds, four assists and two steals, while McKown scored 10 with four assists and three steals.
In Sub-District C2-12 play at Gering, No. 2 Bridgeport (20-4) and No. 3 Bayard (15-8) met for the fifth time, with the Bulldogs winning the first four contests by an average of more than 20 points.

While the Tigers kept within three points of Bridgeport in the fourth quarter of their fifth meeting, the Bulldogs (21-4) pulled away in the final minutes to score a 55-44 win.

Bridgeport junior Quentin Baxter scored a game-high 19 points, followed by senior Jason Amateis with 11 and junior Wyatt Pankowski with nine.
For Bayard (15-9), seniors Justin Baird and Phil Schuller and junior Ethan Marker had 10 points apiece.

In the other semifinal, No. 1 Hemingford (19-2) scored a 59-42 win over No. 4 Kimball (6-14). Hemingford and Bridgeport play tonight at 7 for the C2-12 championship.
In the C1-12 sub-district at Alliance, No. 3 Mitchell (9-14) saw its season ended with a 59-26 loss to No. 2 Chadron (15-7) in the semifinal round.
In Tuesday’s first semifinal, No. 1 seed Chase County (19-5) scored a 56-35 victory over Ogallala (3-20), the No. 5 seed which edged out No. 4 Gordon-Rushville (4-16) in first-round play Monday, 60-59.

Today’s final between Chase County and Chadron is set for 6:30 p.m.
No. 4 Morrill (8-14) had its season ended in the Sub-District D1-12 tournament at Ogallala with a 45-37 loss Monday to No. 5 seed Creek Valley (6-12). Individual statistics were unavailable for Morrill.

Creek Valley advanced to play No. 1 seed Dundy County-Stratton (14-9), and the Tigers took the 55-45 win to earn a spot in tonight’s D1-12 final at 6 against No. 2 Sutherland (9-13), a 57-35 victor over No. 3 Potter-Dix (6-14).
Districts for Class C1 and C2 will be on March 2, while Class D1 and D2 district finals will be on March 3, with the state tournaments set for March 12-14 in Lincoln.

Mitchell girls fall to Chadron in sub-district final

The only remaining county-area girls’ team that made Thursday’s finals was Mitchell. In their quest to dethrone the three-time defending sub-district champions from Chadron, however, the Tigers fell short in losing to the Cardinals, 45-37, for the second straight year in the championship game at Alliance High School.
“It’s always tough to see a season come to an end with a bunch of girls you enjoy working with and watching them grow,” said Mitchell girls’ Brock Ehler, whose team finished at 16-7.

“Chadron played a strong first half and we just didn’t show up early,” Ehler said of the Tigers’ 25-14 halftime deficit. “We were just extremely flat early and let a good team take advantage of us.”

Mitchell cut its deficit to 30-22 after three quarters and rallied to take a brief lead late in the fourth period before the Cardinals took advantage of some Tiger errors to regain the lead and close out the win.

“We talked at halftime about our energy level, and we came out and it was a whole game-changer at half,” Ehler said. “We pressured them really hard but they came up with some easy buckets. It just turned out they were the better team. It looked a lot closer than an eight-point game.”

Chadron sophomore Jadyn McCartney led the Cardinals with 19 points while junior Chandler Hageman added 13.

Freshman Jori Peters led Mitchell with 10 points, while senior Kady Lower and sophomore Celeste Cardona pitched in eight apiece for the Tigers.
Chadron (19-6) plays in C1-6 district play Friday against Ainsworth (20-4) at Valentine.

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