Alfs leads BDS past Giltner for trip to Thursday semifinals
YORK, NE – Junior Regan Alfs (17.7 ppg) dropped a game-high 20 points on Monday to help the No. 1 seed BDS Eagles (12-4) defeat No. 8 seed Giltner, 37-30, at the York City Auditorium in the quarterfinal round of the Crossroads Conference tournament.
Alfs did most of her damage in the second quarter. After BDS got off to an 8-2 start at the end of the first quarter, Alfs propelled her team to a 23-12 halftime lead by knocking down three 3-pointers in the final eight minutes of the first half.
The Eagles hit six total threes as a team, while Giltner (10-7) made only two. The Hornets, after toppling No. 9 seed Hampton 59-32 in Saturday’s play-in game, saw their four-game winning streak come to an end Monday.
The Hornets were led in scoring by senior Mary Wiles and junior Sydney Janzen – each of them finished with seven points.
Giltner is now 0-2 against BDS this season. The Hornet lost at home to the Eagles, 42-24, on Jan. 4.
BDS now awaits the winner of No. 5 Meridian (9-7) and No. 4 East Butler (9-8). That games tips off on Tuesday at 3 p.m., and will be carried on Ol’ Red 99.5. Pregame coverage will begin at about 2:45.
The Eagles next play in Thursday’s semifinal round at 4:30 p.m.
Cross County wears down Exeter-Milligan in low-scoring battle
No. 7 Cross County (10-7) used stingy defense and a solid shooting night from sophomore Erica Stratman to put away No. 2 Exeter-Milligan, 35-20 on Monday evening at the York Auditorium.
Stratman led the Cougars in victory with a game-high 13 points. She also had 12 rebounds to log her sixth double-double this season. Freshman Josephine Noble ended with seven points and four boards.
Exeter-Milligan (14-4) is still without senior small forward Katherine White (8.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg), who’s recovering from a left-hand injury sustained against Sterling in the MUDECAS A Division championship on Jan. 11.
The Wolves were led in scoring by junior Kayla Geiger and sophomore Jaiden Papik. The two guards each finished with five points. Senior forward Kate Jansky (18.6 ppg) finished with a season-low two points.
Exeter-Milligan is 13-1 this year with Katherine White in the lineup, and 1-3 without her.
Cross County, who’s now won four of its last five games, awaits the winner of No. 3 McCool Junction (8-6) and No. 11 Shelby Rising City (5-11). The Huskies and Mustangs square off Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Exeter-Milligan rains three-pointers in first half enroute to dominating East Butler
At the end of the first half between Exeter-Milligan and East Butler, 10 total three-pointers had been made. Seven of them made by the Timberwolves.
No. 2 Exeter-Milligan (12-3) used a dominant first half to put away No. 7 East Butler, 64-35, in the final game of CRC action on Monday night.
The Timberwolves had three players finish in double figures, led by sophomore Jackson Beethe. The 6-foot-1 guard came off the bench, and dropped a season-high 19 points. Senior Colton Bossaller and junior Max Zeleny each scored 13.
Zeleny and Bossaller were at their best in the first half – each one of them hit three 3-pointers in the second quarter alone.
Exeter-Milligan didn’t make a single three-pointer in the second half, but 14 turnovers by East Butler (6-11) and a mediocre night at the freethrow line by the Tigers (9-of-18) helped the Wolves hold a sizeable lead.
East Butler was led in scoring by junior guard Jaden Rhynalds, who ended up with 19 points. Rhynalds, who is the Tigers’ lone returning starter from last season, leads Class D1 with 24 points per contest.
Junior Austin Pierce finished with seven points.
Exeter-Milligan will play either No. 3 Giltner (8-6) or No. 6 McCool Junction (7-7) on Thursday night at 7:30. The Hornets and Mustangs play Tuesday night at 7:30.
Other Monday finals at CRC
Boys – No. 1 Shelby Rising City 53 No. 9 Nebraska Lutheran 33. The Huskies (11-4) will play either No. 4 BDS (10-5) or No. 5 Cross County (10-6) on Thursday at 4:30. The Cougars and Eagles play Tuesday at 4:30. That game will be carried on Ol’ Red 99.5.
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