GREAT NORTHEAST NEBRASKA SHOOTOUT – Wayne girls, LCC boys make finals

The Wayne High girls and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge boys will play for their respective championships on Friday at the 2016 Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout.

Both teams won close battles in Thursday's semifinals to puch their ticket for Friday's finals. The Blue Devil girls edged Norfolk Catholic 53-49, while the LCC boys stayed unbeaten with an exciting 56-52 win over Wayne.

The Wayne High boys will play for consolation honors, while the LCC girls will play for seventh place on Friday morning. All seventh, third and first-place games will be at Wayne High School, with the fifth-place game at Wayne State College.

Thursday’s results are as follows:

Girls Bracket
Hartington CC 53, West Point-Beemer 40 –
 The Trojans outscored the Cadets 32-15 in the middle two periods to advance to the fifth-place game at Wayne State College. Mallorie Steffen had a game-high 16 points and Anna Reifenrath added 12 for the Lady Trojans. Brittany Hinkel led the Lady Cadets with 12 points.
Hartington CC    11    17    15    10    –    53
West Pt.-Beem.    13    7    8    12    –    40
HARTINGTON CC – M. Steffen 16, Reifenrath 10, Hamilton 8, Wieseler 8, Cattau 5, Hochstein 4, M. Arens 2.
WEST PT.-BEEM. – Hinkel 12, Hoffman 5, Weddle 5, Haase 4, Anderson 4, Troyer 2, Dale 2, Pilakowski 2, Kaup 2, Mitzel 2.

Arlington 43, LCC 32 – The Lady Bears led by one at intermission, but Arlington limited LCC to a single free throw in the third period and came away with the win. Shelby Kaup had 14 points and May Hoesing added 11 for the Lady Eagles, Emily Hangman had 14 points for LCC, who will play for seventh place at Wayne High School.
LCC    11    5    1    15    –    32
Arlington    3    12    16    12    –    43
LCC – Hangman 14, Maxon 8, Leapley 5, Cook 3, Kardell 2.
ARLINGTON – Kaup 14, M. Hoesing 11, Theiler 7, Schmidt 5, B. Hoesing 3, Young 3.

O’Neill St. Mary’s 44, Pender 39 – St. Mary’s advanced to the championship game and handed Pender its first loss of the season. Logan Connot and Breanna Hedstrom led a balanced Lady Cardinals attack with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Amber English paced the Pendragons with 12 points and Kamryn Anderson added eight.
Pender    13    6    8    12    –    39
St. Mary’s    8    19    6    11    –    44
PENDER – English 12, Anderson 8, Ballinger 7, Wegner 4, Jacobsen 4, Krusemark 2, Lehmkuhl 2.
ST. MARY’S – Connot 14, Hedstrom 13, Blumenstock 9, Colman 5, Bauer 3.

Wayne 53, Norfolk Catholic 49 – Norfolk Catholic erased a 10-point deficit, but Wayne held on to make it back to the championship game of their own tournament. Most of Wayne’s damage was done from the outside, as Kylie Hammer scored a game-high 27 points and Kelsey Boyer added 12 for the Blue Devils. Alex Anderson paced Norfolk Catholic with 12 points and Drue Pieper added 10.
Wayne    17    9    14    13    –    53
Norfolk Cath.    9    15    13    12    –    49
WAYNE – Hammer 27, K. Boyer 12, Meyer 6, Echtenkamp 4, Hochstein 4.
NORFOLK CATH. – Anderson 12, Pieper 10, Lammers 8, Knake 7, Peitz 6, Kalin 2, Gilsdorf 2, Berryman 2.

Boys Bracket
O’Neill St. Mary’s 54, Pender 43 –
 St. Mary’s pulled away from a tight game in the fourth quarter to advance to the fifth-place game at Wayne State College. Grady Semin had 12 points and Josh Cuddy added 11 to lead a balanced Cardinals attack. Pender, which will play for seventh place at Wayne High School, was led by Tyler Nelson with 12 and Sam Mailloux with nine.
Pender    14    9    9    11    –    43
St. Mary’s    10    13    9    22    –    54
PENDER – Nelson 12, Mailloux 9, Bensen 8, Rutar 5, Jump 4, Schopke 3, Springer 2.
ST. MARY’S – Semin 12, Cuddy 11, Blumenstock 9, Thompson 7, Crumly 7, Weise 4, Krotter 4.

Arlington 68, Norfolk Catholic 46 – Arlington used a strong fourth quarter to take care of Norfolk Catholic and advance to the fifth-place game at Wayne State College. Grant Miller and Jackson Borgmann led four Eagles in double figures with 13 points apiece, while Trevor Toebben had 11 and Brandon Johnson had 10. Jacob Molacek scored 13 to lead Norfolk Catholic, with Andrew Fleecs and Andrew Bettenhausen each adding nine.
Norfolk Cath.    13    12    12    9    –    46
Arlington    14    18    14    22    –    68
NORFOLK CATH. – Molacek 13, Fleecs 9, Bettenhausen 9, Clausen 8, Teten 6, Kautz 1.
ARLINGTON – Miller 13, Borgmann 13, Toebben 11, Johnson 10, Theiler 9, Vogt 5, Kroeger 4, Walkenhorst 3.

Hartington CC 51, West Point-Beemer 35 – Top-10 ranked Hartington Cedar Catholic made it back to the finals with a win over the Cadets, breaking the game open with an 11-2 run in the third quarter. Stephen Hillis scored a game-high 17 points and Sean Kathol added 12 for the winners. Chase Streeter led the Cadets with 12 points and Austin Streeter chipped in nine.
Hartington CC    14    12    11    14    –    51
West Pt.-Beem.    7    12    2    14    –    35
HARTINGTON CC – Hillis 17, Kathol 12, M. Becker 8, R. Arens 8, Keiser 4, Eickhoff 2.
WEST PT.-BEEM. – C. Streeter 12, A. Streeter 9, VanderGruend 6, Anderson 3, Hughes 3, Pilakowski 2.

LCC 56, Wayne 52 – A great area matchup went the way of the undefeated Bears, who will make it a matchup of Class C-2 top 10 teams in Friday’s finals. Mason Forsberg led three LCC players in double figures with a game-high 18 points, while Noah Schutte added 12 and Izac Reifenrath put in 11. Grayson McBride led Wayne with 15 points, Payten Gamble added 11 and Shea Sweetland scored nine coming off the bench.
Wayne    17    10    12    13    –    52
LCC    10    11    19    16    –    56
WAYNE – McBride 15, Gamble 11, Sweetland 9, Evetovich 8, Lee 6, Jaixen 2, Anderson 1.
LCC – Forsberg 18, Schutte 12, I. Reifenrath 11, J. Reifenrath 8, Tr. Erwin 5, Spahr 2.

Friday’s Games
Girls Bracket
9:30 a.m. (at Wayne HS) Seventh Place –
 West Point-Beemer (1-7) vs. LCC (2-7)
9:30 a.m. (at WSC) Fifth Place – Hartington CC (4-4) vs. Arlington (5-3)
1 p.m. (at Wayne HS) Third Place – Pender (8-1) vs. Norfolk Catholic (2-6)
4:30 p.m. (at Wayne HS) Championship – Wayne (5-3) vs. O’Neill St. Mary’s (7-1)

Boys Bracket
11:15 a.m. (at Wayne HS) Seventh Place –
 Pender (2-5) vs. Norfolk Catholic (2-7)
11 a.m. (at WSC) Fifth Place – O’Neill St. Mary’s (4-4) vs. Arlington (3-5)
2:45 p.m. (at Wayne HS) Third Place – Wayne (4-3) vs. West Point-Beemer (3-4)
6:30 p.m. (at Wayne HS) Championship – LCC (9-0) vs. Hartington CC (5-2)

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