East Butler girls advance to semifinals, avenges last week’s loss to Meridian
YORK, NE – Meridian (9-8) had a big, confidence-building win over East Butler at home on Jan. 17, defeating the Tigers 56-28.
That loss, at the time, was East Butler’s third straight. The Tigers (10-8), who faced the Mustangs for the second time in six days Wednesday, avenged the loss and defeated Meridian 52-43 in a quarterfinal of the Crossroads Conference tournament at the York City Auditorium.
East Butler will now face No. 1 BDS (12-4) in Thursday’s semifinal at 3 p.m. That game will be carried on Ol’ Red 99.5.
The Tigers fell behind 10-7 after the first quarter, but outscored the Mustangs 16-7 in the second quarter to take a 23-17 lead into the locker room.
Meridian, who trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, kept East Butler within two possessions for most of the second half, but were never able to tie or take the lead in the final two quarters.
The Tigers were led in scoring by junior guard Amanda Aerts. She was a game-time decision (knee), but came off the bench and dropped a team-high 17 points. Her performance was highlighted by a pair of made three-pointers in the first half.
Sophomore guard Adaline “Addie” Sullivan scored 11 points, while freshman Allie Rigatuso settled for 10.
East Butler had the advantage at both the three-point and free throw lines. The Tigers hit five triples, compared to just two by Meridian. East Butler also made 15-of-29 free throws – the Mustangs made just 7-of-19.
Meridian was led in scoring yet again by junior guard Josiee Sobotka, who ended up with a season-high 25 points. She also grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double this season.
Junior forward Halle Pribyl ended with five points and six rebounds. She fouled out with a little more than five minutes left in the fourth.
Meridian fought hard down the stretch, but their comeback attempt fell short without their second best player on the floor.
Meridian will next be in action on Jan. 29, when they host High Plains. The Mustangs beat the Storm 37-27 in the first round of the CRC tournament on Jan. 19.
Cross County’s free throws, defense silence BDS down the stretch
Both teams struggled offensively for most of the game. Cross County (11-6) led 14-10 at the half, and 21-18 at the end of the third quarter.
While both teams were stagnant on the scoring end Wednesday, BDS’ offense was non-existent for about the final three minutes.
The Cougars ended the game on a 14-0 scoring run, en route to a 36-21 win over BDS (10-6) in quarterfinal action at the Crossroads Conference tournament in York.
The win was Cross County’s fifth straight, and they will now face off against No.1 Shelby-Rising City (11-4) in a semifinal on Thursday afternoon at 4:30.
With the game tied 6-6 after the first quarter, Cross County took its first lead after senior guard Grant Hollinger knocked down a three to put his team ahead 11-10 midway through the second.
The Cougars never trailed after that.
Hollinger finished with a game-high 11 points. He also had the only made three-pointer for Cross County Wednesday.
It’s not like the Cougars needed many three-pointers. They made 17-of-23 shots at the foul line. BDS went just 1-of-5 from the same place.
Despite not getting to the line, this game was well within reach for the Eagles for most of the day. A three-ball by senior guard Jackson Grote made the score 22-21 Cross County midway through the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for BDS, that three-pointer was the last made basket of any kind Wednesday. Junior forward Nolan Weber led the Eagles with 9 points. Senior guard/forward Isaac Kamler had four.
Turnovers were also problematic for BDS throughout. The Eagles finished with 19 giveaways, while Cross County had just 10.
The Eagles are home to Osceola next Tuesday.
Other CRC results from Wednesday
GBB – No. 3 McCool Junction 37 No. 11 Shelby-Rising City 15
- The Mustangs (9-6) will play No. 7 Cross County (10-7) in a semifinal on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Cross County eliminated No. 1 Exeter-Milligan, 35-20, on Monday.
BBB – No. 3 Giltner 44 No. 6 McCool Junction 22
- The Hornets (9-6) will face off against No. 2 Exeter-Milligan in a Thursday semifinal at 7:30 p.m. That game will be carried on Ol’ Red 99.5.
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