STROMSBURG — Shelby-Rising City relied on its defense to slow down Cross County and get a road win Friday in its season opener.

The Huskies held the Cougars to just 32 percent shooting from the field in the 52-47 victory.

It was a tight game throughout as S-RC held a 26-24 advantage at halftime, outscoring Cross County 13-12 in each of the first two quarters.

The Huskies clung to a 36-35 lead heading to the final quarter, where they outscored the Cougars 16-12.

S-RC's Jett Pinneo hit 5 of 8 shots and all eight free-throw attempts on his way to a game-high 19 points. Max Hoatson added 14 points and six rebounds and Austin Coffin also had 14 points.

Grant Hollinger scored 12 points to lead Cross County. Colton Beebe had 10 points, nine rebounds and six assists, but shot just 3 of 19 from the field.

S-RC hosts Giltner on Friday. Cross County hits the road Friday to play Meridian.

H/LHF 55,

Clarkson/Leigh 44

CLARKSON — A balanced scoring night propelled Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family to a 55-44 road win Friday over Clarkson/Leigh in both teams’ season opener.

Seven players scored between five and 10 points each for the Bulldogs with Matthew Wegener and Brock Wiese leading the way with 10 apiece.

Anthony Bruhn scored a game-high 15 points for Clarkson/Leigh, which recovered from a 14-9 deficit after the first quarter to grab a 27-25 halftime lead.

H/LHF outscored the Patriots 30-17 the rest of the way.

Clarkson/Leigh hosts Oakland-Craig on Tuesday. The Bulldogs are at Howells-Dodge on Thursday.

St. Francis 63,

Palmer 31

PALMER — Class D-2, No. 4 Humphrey St. Francis had little trouble putting away Palmer in a game Saturday that was even more lopsided than the final score indicated.

The Flyers blasted the Tigers 63-31, but led 61-17 after three quarters before the reserves finished the contest.

St. Francis was hot from the start, leading 22-4 after the first quarter and extending that to a 43-15 halftime advantage.

Trevor Pfeifer scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Flyers and pulled down five rebounds. Riley Jarosz added 11 points and seven boards while Nathan Weidner dished out seven assists.

St. Francis (2-0) has a big test Thursday, hosting No. 1 Riverside (2-0).

David City 60,

Sandy Creek 15

FAIRFIELD — Sandy Creek scored seven of the first nine points in Saturday’s game against David City, then the Scouts turned it on.

David City outscored the Cougars 58-8 the rest of the game in a 60-15 road victory.

Three early David City turnovers allowed Sandy Creek to jump in front, but the Scouts settled down and only turned the ball over two more times after the first three minutes of the game.

David City's Will Danielson made 8 of 14 shots for a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Luis Salazar had a good all-around game with 14 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists.

David City (1-1) heads to Geneva on Saturday to play Fillmore Central.

Aquinas 56,

Shelby-Rising City 27

SHELBY — David City Aquinas relied on its defense Saturday to post a 56-27 road win over Shelby-Rising City.

The Monarchs, who shot just 36 percent (24 for 62) from the floor and 17 percent (5 for 28) from behind the 3-point line, held the Huskies to only 29 percent (10 for 34) shooting from the floor and forced 28 turnovers.

Aquinas only had six turnovers and took nearly twice as many shots as S-RC.

Tyler Vavrina had 12 points, five assists and four steals for the Monarchs and teammate Zach Zavodny added a game-high 13 points.

Aquinas (2-0) hosts Howells-Dodge on Tuesday. Shelby-Rising City (1-1) has a home game Friday against Giltner.

Madison 67,

Clarkson/Leigh 60

MADISON — Madison pulled away down the stretch Saturday to beat Clarkson/Leigh in a 67-60 home victory.

The teams traded leads throughout, but it was the Dragons who had the last run, outscoring the Patriots 25-18 over the final eight minutes to get the win.

Clarkson/Leigh led by two after the first quarter, but Madison held the halftime edge at 27-26. The teams entered the fourth quarter knotted at 42-all.

Daniel Beller scored 17 points to lead the Patriots (0-2), who host Oakland-Craig on Tuesday.

Battle Creek 48,

H/LHF 34

HUMPHREY — Bret Hanis scored 16 points Saturday for Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, but the rest of the team struggled, scoring only 18 more points in a 48-34 home loss to Battle Creek.

Hanis made 5 of 11 shots for the Bulldogs, but everybody else combined to hit just 7 of 26 field-goal attempts.

Despite the poor shooting, H/LHF was within striking distance of the Braves most of the game. After trailing 26-16 at halftime, the Bulldogs were able to cut into the deficit in the third quarter, but couldn’t string together enough made shots to get over the hump.

H/LHF (1-1) goes on the road Thursday to take on Howells-Dodge.

LV/S-S 74,

Twin River 54

GENOA — The two-man tandem of Jacob Polk and Ben Moxness overwhelmed Twin River on Saturday.

The duo combined to outscore the Titans in Logan View/Scribner-Snyder’s 74-54 road victory.

Polk scored a game-high 35 points and Moxness added 24.

Brandon Miller had 22 points to lead Twin River.

The Titans trailed 17-13 after the first quarter and LV/S-S kept pulling away after that. It was 38-27 at halftime and 56-43 after three quarters.

Twin River (0-2) hosts Lutheran High Northeast on Tuesday.

Aquinas 73,

Raymond 35

DAVID CITY — David City Aquinas rolled to a 73-35 home win over Raymond Central on Friday.

The Monarchs blitzed the Mustangs from the opening tip, taking a 19-3 lead after the first quarter. That ballooned to a 42-16 halftime advantage for Aquinas, which cruised in the second half.

Kyle Ruth, Tyler Vavrina and Zach Zavodny all scored 11 points for the Monarchs and Gavin Rech and Dan Stara had 10 each. Both Rech and Matt Nadrchal had four of Aquinas’ 17 steals.

Braden Smith chipped in nine points, five rebounds and five assists.

The Monarchs play Saturday at Shelby-Rising City before hosting Howells-Dodge on Tuesday.

Aurora 74,

Schuyler 38

SCHUYLER — Schuyler couldn't keep up with a high-scoring Aurora team Friday night.

The Class B, No. 4 Huskies (2-0) put up 43 points in the first half of a 74-38 road victory.

Schuyler's seniors led the way in the team's season opener.

Auston Hall had a team-best 14 points, six blocks, four rebounds and three assists and Mason Kovar added 12 points, including three of the Warriors' six 3-pointers.

Tichyque Kutalu recorded five of the team's eight steals.

The Warriors play Tuesday at Class C-1, No. 5 North Bend.

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