WAKEFIELD – Over the course of a three-week period, the Wakefield girls and boys basketball teams participated in six consecutive home games. That December stretch closed out the pre-holiday schedule.
From the main gym at Wakefield Community School, the Trojans welcomed in a Lewis & Clark Conference opponent being Hartington-Newcastle Tuesday night.
The Wakefield girls won 74-38 while the Trojans boys defeated Hartington-Newcastle, 60-28.
From the girls game, Wakefield took control early with a 15-7 first quarter and added to their lead thanks to a 19-9 second. The Trojans led 34-16 at the break. Wakefield then outscored the Wildcats 40-22 in the second half to again win 74-38 improving to 5-2 while Hartington-Newcastle fell to 3-4.
Unofficial leaders for Wakefield saw junior Aishah Valenzuela score 22 points followed by senior Anna Lundahl with 18 points. Both senior Kassidy Brudigam and freshman Jordan Metzler poured in eight points.
Hartington-Newcastle was led by sophomore Alivia Morten with 14 points.
During the boys contest, the Trojans jumped ahead 16-4 in the first before outscoring the Wildcats 20-5 in the second. Wakefield led 36-9 at the half. Both teams scored 13 points in the third quarter while Wakefield won the fourth 11-6 and the game 60-28. The Trojans have won their fifth straight improving to 6-1 while HNS fell to 1-6.
Wakefield finished with three players in double figure scoring. Senior Justin Erb led the team with 22 points, senior Blake Brown added 15 points and senior Nick Arenas poured in 10 points. Sophomore Cade Johnson also scored nine points.
Hartington-Newcastle leaders were junior Jake Peitz who had 11 points and senior Kobe Heitman with 10 points.
The Wakefield basketball teams will next participate in the Wisner-Pilger Holiday Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, December 29 and Wednesday, December 30. The Trojans will open with Neligh-Oakdale at noon and 2 p.m. from the North gym in Wisner.
Girls area results:
BRLD 63, Pender 51
Ponca 64, Battle Creek 51
Dakota Valley, SD 65, Hartington Cedar Catholic 51
Bloomfield 58, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 53
Wisner-Pilger 48, Stanton 45
Boys area results:
Ponca 50, Battle Creek 43
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 70, Bloomfield 36
Wisner-Pilger 67, Stanton 46
Fremont Bergan Classic: Hartington Cedar Catholic 67, South Sioux City 57