LAUREL – Two teams who went opposite directions during the first round of the Wayne Holiday Tournament last week got the chance to match up when a member of the Lewis & Clark Conference welcomed in the Mid State Conference.
From LCC Schools in Laurel, the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Bears hosted the Hartington Cedar Catholic Trojans.
The HCC girls defeated LCC, 38-28 while the Cedar Catholic boys won 55-44 against the Bears. From the boys contest, LCC is rated #10 in the Lincoln Journal Star and #6 in the Omaha World Herald while HCC sits fifth in both LJS/OWH.
The Trojans girls are now 4-8 while LCC fell to 5-6 as the HCC boys improved to 9-2 winning their third straight with LCC dropping to 9-2.
In the girls contest, LCC led 6-4 after the first quarter until HCC doubled up the Bears, 8-4 in the second. At the break, HCC led 12-10. Both teams scored 11 third quarter points before Cedar Catholic won the fourth quarter, 15-7 and the game of 38-28.
LCC leaders were Kinsey Hall with 12 points and Jordynn Urwiler with eight points. Berniece McCorkindale added four points as Rachel Rasmussen and Haley Christensen both scored two points.
Hartington Cedar Catholic was led in scoring by Makenna Noecker with 16 points. Katy Jones followed with six points, Lauren Bernecker and Jordyn Steffen both added five points, Laney Kathol scored four points and Cady Uttecht had two points.
During the boys game, LCC led early with a 16-12 first quarter before HCC stormed back with a 16-5 second. Cedar Catholic led 28-21 at the break. The Bears cut into the deficit with an 18-12 third before the Trojans pulled away in the fourth thanks to a 15-5 scoring margin. Final favored HCC over LCC 55-44.
LCC leaders were Evan Haisch with 15 points followed by Jake Rath with 13 points. Wilton Roberts finished with seven points, Deagan Puppe added four points, Grant Erwin contributed three points and Lucas Rasmussen scored two points.
Hartington Cedar Catholic was led in scoring by Jaxson Bernecker with 17 points, Carter Arens added 10 points and Carson Arens poured in nine points. Other scoring came from Tate Thoene with eight points, Grant Arens tallied six points as Nolan Becker and Ethan Becker both scored two points.
LCC is right back in action at Winnebago on Friday, January 7 for a road doubleheader. The Hartington Cedar Catholic girls will next host Tri County Northeast on Saturday, January 8 while the Cedar Catholic boys are off until Tuesday, January 11 when they host Wynot with the girls.
Thursday area girls:
Wynot 67, Tri County Northeast 40
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 49, Bishop Neumann 35
Pierce 64, Aquinas Catholic 24
Elkhorn Valley 54, Randolph 14
Wakefield 51, Woodbury Central, IA 40
Wisner-Pilger 59, Madison 14
Thursday area boys:
Wynot 66, Tri County Northeast 43
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 63, Pender 53
Pierce 43, Aquinas Catholic 16
Lawton-Bronson, IA 59, Ponca 51
Elkhorn Valley 55, Randolph 34
Wakefield 65, Woodbury Central, IA 44