The East Butler boys basketball team took away the doubt early against the High Plains Storm in Saturday’s opening game of the Crossroads Conference Tournament at York High School.

Because of the blizzard that began Sunday, the tournament’s second round was moved back a day. The Tigers will play Nebraska Lutheran (10-3) at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at York Municipal Auditorium, with the winner moving on to the Thursday (4:30 p.m.) game against winner of the game between top seeded Exeter-Milligan and Cross County. The finals and consolation finals are set for Friday

Against the Storm, the Tigers started the second quarter ahead 19-4 and led 35-11 at the half. The bench emptied for the second half as the Tigers won 58-29. Trevor Havlovic led the Tigers with 14 points.

“It was a good team effort by everyone,” said “You can see we had different people lead in all categories. We came out and took care of business early and we were able to work on a few things in the second half.”

January 20 at York High School

High Plains 4 7 9 9 -- 29

East Butler 19 16 11 12 -- 58

Scoring - High Plains:Van housen 16, Owens 3, Anderson 2, Wood 8.

East Butler: Havlovic 14, Stara 8, Robley 8, Jirovsky 7, Rhynalds 7, Makovicka 6, Dvorak 4, Janak 4.

Rebounds- EB: Makovicka 8, Dvorak 7. Assists – EB: Rhynalds 5, Janak 4. Steals – EB: Jirovsky 5, Ryhnalds 4.

Huskies fall to Cougars

YORK — Cross County opened the Crossroads Conference Tournament on Saturday with a 50-40 victory over Shelby-Rising City.

The Cougars, led by Colton Beebe's 21 points, were up 23-19 at halftime before outscoring S-RC 16-5 in the third quarter to pull away.

Grant Hollinger added nine points for Cross County (8-8) and Kalin Gabriel chipped in seven.

Austin Coffin scored 15 points for the Huskies (7-9), Jett Pinneo had nine and Bailey Belt and Antonio Lopez finished with six apiece.

January 20 at York High School

Shelby-Rising City 9 10 5 16 -- 40

Cross County 6 17 16 11 -- 50

Shelby-Rising City:Coffin 15, Pinneo 9, Belt 6, Lopez 6, Johnston 2, Wingard 2.

Cross County: Beebe 21, Hollinger 9, Gabriel 7, Pinkelman 4, Noyd 3, Harrington-Newton 2, Kelley 2, Lundstrom 2.

Other opening games: Neb. Lutheran 56 Dorchester 15, Hampton 48, Osceola 40. McCool Jct. 61 Meridian 29.

Boys second round games:

Tuesday: Exeter Milligan vs Cross County 4:30 p.m.; Hampton vs. Giltner 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday:  East Butler vs Neb. Lutheran 4:30 p.m.; BDS vs McCool Jct, 7:30 p.m.

GIRLS

East Butler falls to Longhorns

The East Butler Tigers and the Shelby-Rising City Huskies were eliminated from the girls bracket in the first round

The East Butler girls basketball team couldn’t finish off the Dorchester Longhorns in the opening round of the tournament on Saturday, falling 55-54 in overtime.

The game was evenly matched as the teams traded leads throughout the game. Jacee Zoubek tied the game with an old-fashioned three-point play with five seconds left in regulation. The Tigers had a good shot from the right wing but it fell short, sending the game into overtime.

The Tigers built a seven point lead during the extra period but Dorchester battled back and Abbey Zoubek and Makenna Bird hit three-pointers to tie the game with three seconds left. Jacee Zoubek clinched the victory for Dorchester with a free throw after time had expired.

“We had a six-point lead with under a minute to go and couldn’t capitalize on several chances to ice the game,” said East Butler coach Kevin Behne. “Those little things – turnovers, missed free throws, time management under pressure - all add up in a tight game. We missed our opportunities and unfortunately Dorchester took advantage of them. “

Anna Rigatuso led the Tigers with a double, double – 18 points and 15 rebounds. Kaitlyn Hain had 15 points and Madison Helman had 10 points. Lexis Haney, was 2-2 on free throws. Helman was 4-8.

The Longhorns also had three players in double figures led by Jacee Zoubek with 17, Abigail Plouzek with 13 and Abbey Zoubek with 12.

We had a six-point lead with under a minute to go and couldn’t capitalize on several chances to ice the game. Those little things – turnovers, missed free throws, time management under pressure - all add up in a tight game. We missed our opportunities and unfortunately Dorchester took advantage of them.

January 20 at York High School

East Butler 12 17 4 12 9 54 OT

Dorchester 6 20 6 13 10 55

Scoring – EB: Rigatuso 18, Hain 15, Helman 10.

D: J. Zoubek 17, Plousek 13, A. Zoubek 12.

Rebounds – EB: Rigatuso 15.

Cross County eliminates S-RC

Cross County opened up a 15-7 first quarter lead over the Shelby-Rising City Huskies, and the Cougars’ 20-point fourth quarter doused the comeback attempt.

The Huskies matched the Cougars in the second and third quarters but couldn’t keep up with Maddie Portwine, who led the Cougars with 15 points. Cassie Caraway led the Huskies with 13 points. Sydnie Adams and Kamryn Pokorney each added 12.

January 20 at York High School 

Cross County 15 13 8 20 -- 56

Shelby-Rising City 7 14 9 14 -- 44

Cross County:Cole 8, Theis 5, Eller 5, Giannou 2, Stratman 4, Portwine 15, Anderson 13, Schaefer 4.

Shelby-Rising City: Neujahr 2, Harrison 2, Caraway 13, Ingalls 1, Hopwood 2, Adams 12, Pokorney 12.

Other opening round games: McCool Jct. 55 Hampton 33; Giltner 54 Osceola 19; Neb. Lutheran 41 High Plains 38

Girls Second Round games

 Tuesday: Exeter-Milligan vs McCool Jct, 3 p.m.; Cross County vs Meridian, 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Neb. Lutheran vs Giltner, 3 p.m.;  BDS vs Dorchester 6 p.m.

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