HUMPHREY — Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family passed one of the biggest tests of its early-season schedule, winning 55-48 at home Saturday against Class C-2 ratings contender Nebraska Christian.
Sophomore Brittney Veik scored 13 points, Allanah Beller added 12 and fellow junior Danie Brandl posted 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulldogs improved to 7-0 on the season, despite hitting just 3 of 18 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc.
H/LHF, which led 31-17 at halftime, was much more efficient from inside the arc, knocking down 20 of 38 attempts to shoot 41 percent overall.
The Bulldogs were strong on defense, holding Nebraska Christian (4-2) to 24 percent shooting, including 4 of 16 on 3-pointers.
The Eagles did some damage at the free-throw line, making 16 of 28 attempts, including an 8-for-12 performance from junior Adrienne Falk, who scored a game-high 22 points. Claire Ostrand added 20 points for Nebraska Christian, but shot just 6 for 21 from the field.
H/LHF's Taya Beller made an impact on the defensive end, grabbing 12 total rebounds and blocking three shots to go along with her six points. Allie Schneider had six points, eight rebounds and three steals, and Veik led the team with five assists.
The Bulldogs have another test Tuesday when they host Class C-2, No. 10 Stanton (5-0), part of five straight home games before the Randolph Holiday Tournament.
St. Francis 66,
FULLERTON — Humphrey St. Francis has won every game it's played this season by at least 14 points, including Saturday's 66-41 road victory over Fullerton (1-6).
Telegram Super Senior Logan Wemhoff recorded 20 points, nine rebounds and four steals and Kyleigh Sjuts added 16 points and six rebounds as the Class D-2, No. 5 Flyers improved to 6-0.
Tara Foltz had 12 points and four steals for St. Francis, which led 30-20 at halftime before blowing the game open with a 19-7 advantage in the third quarter, and Allison Weidner filled the stat sheet with nine points, eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals.
St. Francis hosts Nebraska Christian on Tuesday.
HOWELLS — Clarkson/Leigh made a push in the second half Saturday, but the Patriots fell just short of an upset at Class C-2, No. 4 Howells-Dodge.
Trailing 19-10 at halftime, the Patriots outscored Howells-Dodge 11-8 in the third quarter and 10-6 in the final period to lose 33-31.
Both teams struggled offensively in the game as Clarkson/Leigh shot 9 for 47 from the field (19 percent) and 9 for 21 at the free-throw line. The Jaguars were 11 for 36 from the floor (31 percent) and 11 for 21 at the charity stripe.
Clarkson/Leigh hit four 3-pointers, including three from junior Kaegan Held, to keep the score close.
Held finished with a team-best 11 points, but made only 4 of 18 shots. She added six rebounds and three of the team's 16 steals.
Ashlynn Novotny chipped in five points, six steals and three assists for Clarkson/Leigh, which fell to 5-3 on the season.
Macey Kulhanek scored 15 points and grabbed six steals to lead Howells-Dodge (4-4). Erin Prusa had seven points and 12 rebounds.
The Patriots play Tuesday at Yutan.
David City 58,
DAVID CITY — Chaquoya Givens powered David City to its first win of the season Friday.
The senior scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Scouts (1-4) to a 58-32 home victory over Schuyler (0-4).
Givens poured in 16 first-half points to help David City to a 27-15 halftime lead. She got some help the rest of the way.
Freshman Lauren Vandenberg scored six of her nine points after the break and Jessica Knopp added all seven of her points in the second half.
Schuyler was led by Tasha Wolken, who scored nine points. Yessica Rodriguez chipped in eight for the Warriors.
David City hosts East Butler on Thursday. Schuyler plays Thursday at York.
Twin River 39,
GENOA — Twin River scored a season-high Friday and needed every single point to survive a test from Fullerton (1-5).
The Titans (5-1) scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Warriors 39-38 at home.
Twin River trailed 26-24 going into the final eight minutes but was able to overcome that deficit, despite shaky free-throw shooting. The Titans made just 11 of 31 attempts from the charity stripe.
Gabi Weick scored a team-high 14 points and swiped seven steals to lead the Titans. Cali Shanle added eight points and five steals.
Twin River plays Tuesday at Battle Creek.
Cross County 21
STROMSBURG — Cross County had no answer for Class D-1, No. 2 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley’s defense Friday in a 42-21 home loss.
The Cougars (2-4) scored just 10 points through the first three quarters of play as the Eagles (6-0) opened a 36-10 lead.
Cross County more than doubled its scoring output in the fourth quarter against the reserves for BDS.
Maddie Portwine was the only Cougar with more than four points, scoring 10, including seven in the final period.
Cross County plays in the Sandy Creek holiday tournament beginning Thursday.
HUMPHREY — Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is off to a 6-0 start following Friday's 63-13 thrashing of Palmer.
The Bulldogs held Palmer to six points in the first half and none in the third quarter while building leads of 42-6 at the break and 54-6 entering the final period.
H/LHF was equally impressive on offense, hitting 27 of 58 shots from the field, including 4 of 9 attempts from 3-point range, and going 6 for 9 at the free-throw line.
Taya Beller led the charge with a strong all-around performance. The junior had 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks.
Allie Schneider recorded 11 points, four assists and three steals for the Bulldogs and Anita Reardon scored 10 points.
Adding to the balanced effort, Brittney Veik had nine points, six assists and five steals and Allanah Beller finished with nine points and three of the team's 20 steals.
Stacy Bohlken and Marley Roepker led Palmer (2-4) with three points each.
McCool Junction 40,
Shelby-Rising City 29
MCCOOL JUNCTION — After a strong first quarter, Shelby-Rising City couldn’t sustain its offense in a 40-29 road loss Friday to McCool Junction.
The Huskies led 10-6 at the end of the first quarter, but only managed 19 points the rest of the game. The Mustangs came back to take a 17-14 lead at halftime and pulled away after the break.
Kamryn Pokorney led S-RC with 12 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting. Telegram Super Senior Sydnie Adams was quiet offensively with seven points, but she pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked three shots.
The Huskies (1-5) play Tuesday at High Plains.