Hay Springs, Crawford Advance To D2-12 Championship

Hay Springs and Crawford advanced through the semi-finals of the D2-12 boys’ sub-district tournament Tuesday and will face each other Thursday night in Hay Springs for a shot at the District Finals. Tip-off will be at 5 p.m.

The number one-seeded Hawks earned their spot in the championship with a 56-22 victory over number four Sioux County. The Hawks raced out to an early 18-2 lead, as the Warriors failed to capitalize on their chances on offense until late in the first quarter. Sioux County built up some momentum early in the second quarter behind nine points from Sam Skavdahl but still trailed 31-15 at the break. Hay Springs hit four treys in the third quarter, dumping in a total of 20 points and allowing just two from the Warriors. Each team capped the game with a final five points.

Logan DeCoste led the Hawks with 19 points, followed by Charles Twarling with 13 and Gabe Varvel with 11. Cadell Brunsch added eight, while Cassius Frasier and Toby Scherbarth each netted two. Dustin Brien chipped in a free throw. Skavdahl led the Warriors with nine, and Shane Gluth and Michael Sanderson added six and five points, respectively. Cy Hughson contributed two.

Crawford defeated Cody-Kilgore in the second game of the night 23-18.

After a slow start in the first two minutes Crawford went on a 5-0 run, before Cody-Kilgore got on the scoreboard. The Rams extended their lead to 8-2 by the end of the first quarter with a bucket at the buzzer by Ty Brady. The Cowboys opened the second with a shot from the charity stripe, but the Rams responded with six points by Levi Van Beek during a stretch that saw the Cowboys score just once to make it 15-5. A trey by the Cowboys put them within seven, 15-8, at half-time.

The teams traded buckets in early action after the break before the Cowboys crept within five points, but that was where the score stayed, 17-12, as the final eight minutes began. Crawford’s Hayes Frahm sank a jumper in the opening 45 seconds of the fourth, the only score for the next two minutes until C-K’s Tucker Ravenscroft hit a field goal to make it 19-14. The Cowboy’s Taylor Cady sank a free throw to put his team within four with four minutes to play. Neither team could add to the scoreboard until there was just 1:53 remaining when Cady put it up inside to make it 19-17.

Crawford sent Cady back to the charity stripe with 1:15 left in the game, where he went one-for-one to put the Cowboys within one point. With 47 seconds left, Brady went to the line for the Rams and widened their lead to 21-18. After missed free throws on both ends, Frahm added one with 16 seconds left and one more 10 seconds later for the 23-18 win.

Frahm led the Rams with nine points, followed by Van Beek with seven and Brady with four. Mitch Knode added two and Roman Metz contributed one. Cady had 13 for the Cowboys, while Gage Davis added three and Ravenscroft chipped in two.

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