(Written by Con Marshall)
Both Chadron High School basketball teams were the winners Wednesday of the Rotary Club’s Holiday Classic they hosted. The Chadron boys are now 5-3 and the girls are 4-4.
The Chadron girls used a smothering defense while downing Valentine 43-19 in that championship game. The Cardinals’ only senior, Anika Burke, tallied 11 points and teammates–Jacey Garrett, Demi Ferguson and Macey Daniels–all scored eight. Izzy Salters led the Badgers with seven.
The Chadron boys opened a 19-14 first quarter lead over Custer, S.D., and outscored the Wildcats 18-5 in the second period to take a commanding 37-19 halftime margin. The final score was 68-51.
Both teams were dependent on 3-pointers. The Cardinals made 14 and the Wildcats eight.
Chadron was led by Gaurav Chima with 19 points while Dawson Dunbar tallied 16 and Justus Alcorn 14. Chima made five treys and Dunbar made four.
Custer’s top scorer was Gunner Prior with five treys for 15 points. Daniel Sedlacek added 14 and Dustyn Fish and Gage Tennyson each had 11. No one else scored for the Wildcats, who were missing their scoring leader from each of the past two years, Jace Kelley, because of a hand injury.
Custer came from behind to slip past Hemingford 46-41 for the girls’ consolation honors. Alice Sedlacek led the winners with 13 points, Kaitlyn Spring added 10 and Ramsey Karin and Kellyn Kortemeyer scored nine apiece. Hemingford’s Catherine Bryner led all scorers with 16 points and Kambree Walker contributed 10.
Hemingford downed Valentine 54-42 for the boys’ consolation title. Darin Turek paced the Bobcats with 14 points while his cousin, Brian Turek, and Kenny Wyland each posted eight. Cody Frank paced the Badgers with 13 points. Brysen Limbach added nine and Hank Lancaster eight.