Crofton and O’Neill Take Mid-States Conference Crowns

Cox Activities Center, Northeast Community College —

GIRLS: CROFTON 66 WAYNE 40

Crofton (18-2) started slow, but the Warriors dominated Wayne (16-5) in the second half to cruise to take the Mid-States Conference Championship 66-40.

The Warriors committed four turnovers in the first quarter but still held a 14-10 lead.  Haley Arens carried Crofton through the first half.  The junior guard came in to the contest averaging 2.3 points per game but scored 23 on the night.  Kylie Hammer was solid and scored 14 points to lead the Blue Devils.  Kelsey Boyer only made two shots for Wayne and finished with six points.

Monica Arens had a solid second half after sitting for most of the first with two fouls.  She finished the game with 16 points and three boards for Crofton.  Kelsey Sanger scored nine while grabbing four rebounds as Crofton played 13 players in the game.  Gabi Meyer gave Wayne quality minutes off the bench and finished with seven points and three rebounds.

Next, Crofton plays Norfolk Catholic and Wayne travels to Ponca.

BOYS: OVERTIME – O’NEILL 54 HARTINGTON CEDAR CATHOLIC 42

Hartington Cedar Catholic (11-7) ran out of gas in their third overtime period in the last two days and fell to O’Neill (18-1) 54-42.

Jake Young hit two three pointers and made two free throws in overtime to outscore the Trojans 16-4 in the frame.  The Eagles called timeout with 4:05 left in regulation with the score 38-35 in favor of HCC.  Defenses dominated the rest of the fourth quarter as the teams struggled to a 38-38 tie.  HCC had a chance with 1.2 seconds left but threw the in bounds pass off the rafters giving O’Neill one more opportunity.  After each team called timeout, the Eagles tried to find Tyler Regan at the free throw line but the pass was deflected and time ran out.

HCC’s defense was superb for all of regulation.  The Trojans switched between a 2-3 zone, a 3-2 zone and man-to-man defense to stymie O’Neill’s typically high-scoring attack. HCC held a 10-6 advantage after the first quarter and were behind 19-17 at half.

Jake Young led all scorers with 15 points while Justin Appleby and Tyler Regan each chipped in 14 for the Eagles.  Stephen Hillis finished with 14 points and six rebounds to lead HCC.  Matthew Becker added 10 points and three rebounds for the Trojans.

Next, O’Neill plays at Ord and HCC hosts Homer.

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