PENDER – Two towns separated by less than 20 miles began with their usual season opening basketball and wrestling competition Thursday night.
The Wakefield Trojans visited the Pender Pendragons starting with basketball in the new gym followed by a wrestling dual in the old gym.
During the girls contest, Pender (1-0) edged Wakefield (0-1), 54-53 while the Wakefield (1-0) boys held off Pender (0-1), 53-43 to open their season.
In the girls game, Pender took an early 18-11 lead before Wakefield stay closed in the second quarter only trailing 29-20 at the break. The Trojans then outscored the Pendragons 14-10 in the third quarter before tying the game several times and taking a brief lead in the fourth. But in the final seconds of the game senior Ashley Ostrand drew a foul and made the foul shot to put Pender out front 54-53 as Wakefield missed the final shot. Pender extended their winning streak against Wakefield to 20 straight.
1 2 H 3 4 F
11 9 20 14 19 53 – Wakefield
18 11 29 10 15 54 – Pender
A pair of Pendragons finished with double figure scoring led by Ostrand with 14 points while fellow senior Zoey Lehmkuhl added 10 points. Sophomore Lillie Timm had nine points, both junior Caitlyn Heise and senior Skyler Prokop tallied seven points as junior Claire Felber finished with six points. Freshman Avery Wegner also scored a point.
Pender finished 17-28 from the foul line.
For Wakefield, junior Aishah Valenzuela paced the team with 12 points followed by senior Anna Lundahl with 10 points. Senior Kassidy Brudigam scored nine points (three, three’s), senior Rachel Borg had eight points, freshman Jordan Metzler finished with seven points, senior Maddie Mogus scored five points and sophomore Alex Arenas fouled out with three points.
Wakefield shot 3-10 from the foul line but hit eight triples.
From the boys outing, Wakefield took control early thanks to a 16-7 opening quarter but Pender remained close with a 16-14 second to trail 30-23 at the break. Following a low-scoring third quarter which favored Pender, 8-7, the Trojans were able to pull away late for the 53-43 win. Wakefield won their fourth straight against Pender and have gone 21-8 since 2003 against the Pendragons.
1 2 H 3 4 F
16 14 30 7 16 53 – Wakefield
7 16 23 8 12 43 – Pender
Although it was quiet second half with two made foul shots, senior Blake Brown poured in a team-high 14 points for Wakefield while junior Logan Bokemper and senior Justin Erb each scored eight points. Sophomore Hunter Schultz and senior Nick Arenas both finished with six points, sophomore Cade Johnson had five points and senior Couy Johnson tallied two points.
Wakefield shot 6-8 from the foul line and hit seven triples.
A trio of Pendragons finished with double figure scoring. Senior Jaxon Maise had 13 points, junior Caleb Trimble tallied 12 points and senior Nathan Breitbarth added 11 points. Senior Lucas Timm scored six points in the first half and sophomore Spencer Rabbass had a point.
Pender finished 4-7 from the foul line and had seven triples.
Pender will next visit Tekamah-Herman on Friday, December 4 while the Wakefield Trojans will next host Wayne on Tuesday, December 8 (game will be aired on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com).
Area girls basketball scores:
Ponca 56, Hartington-Newcastle 35
Lutheran High Northeast 68, Wisner-Pilger 31
Omaha Gross Catholic 50, Norfolk Catholic 35
Pierce 55, Howells-Dodge 43
Plainview 52, Winside 27
Area boys basketball scores:
Ponca 48, Hartington-Newcastle 33
Lutheran High Northeast 61, Wisner-Pilger 50
Norfolk Catholic 73, Omaha Gross Catholic 54
Pierce 54, Howells-Dodge 31
Plainview 41, Winside 22
Friday area schedule:
@ Battle Creek: Wayne VS Battle Creek
@ Bloomfield: Tri County Northeast VS Bloomfield
@ Crofton: Laurel-Concord-Coleridge VS Crofton – Pregame coverage starting around 6 p.m. on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com
@ Osmond: Randolph VS Osmond
@ Tekamah-Herman: Pender VS Tekamah-Herman
@ Winside: Wynot VS Winside
@ Wisner-Pilger: Guardian Angels Central Catholic VS Wisner-Pilger
In the wrestling dual, Pender defeated Wakefield, 66-18.
Wakefield will next compete in the Howells-Dodge Invite on Saturday, December 5 starting at 9:30 a.m. The Pendragon wrestlers will take their talents to the Creighton Tournament also Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m.