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Ainsworth 50, Boyd County 49
Amherst 63, Alma 47
Anselmo-Merna 72, Elwood 44
Aquinas 46, Twin River 38
Arcadia-Loup City 66, Shelton 48
Auburn 66, Falls City 36
Aurora 57, Hastings 52
Bayard 45, Morrill 28
Bellevue West 62, Millard North 58
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 68, South Sioux City 55
Blue Hill 53, Gibbon 47
Boys Town 52, Lincoln Christian 43
Bridgeport 76, Leyton 21
Centennial 58, Shelby/Rising City 45
Centura 52, Doniphan-Trumbull 48, OT
Chadron 86, Hemingford 64
Chase County 54, Southern Valley 43
Clearwater/Orchard 42, Creighton 40
Columbus Lakeview 44, Pierce 42
David City 62, Raymond Central 58
Deshler 61, Sandy Creek 37
Dorchester 48, Friend 34
Dundy County-Stratton 68, Hitchcock County 43
Elkhorn Mount Michael 72, St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 46
Elkhorn Valley 61, Ewing 38
Fort Calhoun 41, Louisville 36
Fullerton 69, Elgin Public/Pope John 28
Garden County 43, Minatare 23
Gordon/Rushville 47, Hay Springs 33
Grand Island Northwest 45, Hastings St. Cecilia 38
Gretna 54, Lewis Central, Iowa 44
Haxtun, Colo. 71, Creek Valley 41
Heartland 55, Superior 43
Heartland Lutheran 69, Hampton 30
Hershey 49, Sutherland 38
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 59, Wisner-Pilger 44
Kearney Catholic 63, Lexington 48
Kenesaw 41, Giltner 33
Kimball 69, Potter-Dix 16
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 75, Wayne 54
Lincoln Lutheran 46, Elmwood-Murdock 41
Lincoln North Star 71, Lincoln Southeast 50
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 62, Madison 28
Malcolm 58, Fillmore Central 46
Maxwell 53, Maywood-Hayes Center 30
McCool Junction 50, Harvard 46
Mead 40, Weeping Water 21
Minden 65, Ravenna 64
Nebraska Christian 47, Osceola 41
Niobrara/Verdigre 80, Wynot 76, 2OT
Norfolk Catholic 46, Columbus Scotus 42
North Bend Central 72, Arlington 41
North Platte St. Patrick's 41, Mullen 24
Oakland-Craig 88, Walthill 36
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 56, College View Academy 45
Omaha Bryan 56, Omaha North 49
Omaha Burke 57, Millard West 51
Omaha Central 76, Papillion-LaVista 40
Omaha Roncalli 64, Blair 53
Osmond 66, Neligh-Oakdale 63
Overton 76, Brady 23
Palmer 49, High Plains Community 29
Pender 49, Homer 48
Platteview 47, Ashland-Greenwood 36
Pleasanton 47, Central Valley 38
Ponca 56, Wakefield 43
Riverside 84, Burwell 52
Sandhills/Thedford 34, Twin Loup 27
St. Paul 65, Central City 37
Stanton 55, Plainview 43
Stuart 56, CWC 31
West Holt 60, Crofton 53
West Point-Beemer 45, Battle Creek 39
Wilber-Clatonia 56, Fairbury 20
Winnebago 82, Emerson-Hubbard 53
Winner, S.D. 64, Valentine 42
York 60, Grand Island Central Catholic 52
Yutan 65, Douglas County West 45
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Freeman 73, Sterling 44
Johnson-Brock 56, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 36
Tri County 62, Exeter/Milligan 48
Diller-Odell 64, Parkview Christian 48
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 61, Lewiston 54
Palmyra 60, Meridian 40
Southern 64, Pawnee City 21
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Amherst 48, Alma 32
Anselmo-Merna 43, Elwood 33
Aquinas 49, Twin River 41
Arcadia-Loup City 59, Shelton 11
Arlington 47, North Bend Central 45
Auburn 47, Falls City 41
Aurora 31, Hastings 22
Bayard 53, Morrill 32
Bennington 57, Omaha Duchesne Academy 35
Bishop Neumann 80, Guardian Angels 51
Blue Hill 60, Gibbon 21
Boyd County 65, Ainsworth 40
Boys Town 42, Cornerstone Christian 11
Bridgeport 57, Leyton 50
CWC 54, Stuart 29
Centennial 52, Shelby/Rising City 16
Chadron 63, Hemingford 16
Chase County 68, Southern Valley 23
Columbus Lakeview 41, Pierce 32
Columbus Scotus 46, Norfolk Catholic 24
Creighton 41, Clearwater/Orchard 25
Deshler 53, Sandy Creek 40
Doniphan-Trumbull 54, Centura 38
East Butler 77, Nebraska Lutheran 42
Elkhorn 48, Bellevue East 25
Elkhorn South 78, Omaha South 18
Ewing 49, Elkhorn Valley 41
Fairbury 48, Wilber-Clatonia 8
Fillmore Central 42, Malcolm 26
Friend 39, Dorchester 36
Fullerton 34, Elgin Public/Pope John 25
Gordon/Rushville 67, Hay Springs 26
Grand Island Central Catholic 46, York 38
Grand Island Northwest 53, Hastings St. Cecilia 48
Hampton 40, Heartland Lutheran 24
Hartington-Newcastle 34, Randolph 20
Haxtun, Colo. 74, Creek Valley 25
Hershey 58, Sutherland 28
Hitchcock County 40, Dundy County-Stratton 38
Howells/Dodge 49, Lutheran High Northeast 38
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Wisner-Pilger 37
Kearney Catholic 45, Lexington 39
Kenesaw 50, Giltner 33
Kimball 63, Potter-Dix 12
Lincoln Lutheran 41, Elmwood-Murdock 38
Lincoln Southeast 41, Lincoln North Star 18
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 57, Madison 35
Louisville 66, Fort Calhoun 24
Maywood-Hayes Center 47, Maxwell 26
McCool Junction 54, Harvard 32
Milford 46, Syracuse 36
Millard North 80, Bellevue West 53
Minatare 31, Garden County 22
Minden 41, Ravenna 24
Nebraska Christian 53, Osceola 31
Nebraska City 60, Conestoga 31
Norris 47, Gretna 24
North Platte St. Patrick's 48, Mullen 28
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 59, College View Academy 14
Omaha Burke 47, Millard West 46
Omaha Concordia 51, Ralston 33
Omaha North 52, Omaha Bryan 13
Omaha Skutt Catholic 67, Omaha Roncalli 48
Omaha Westside 53, Omaha Marian 33
Osmond 42, Neligh-Oakdale 39
Overton 57, Brady 37
Palmer 39, High Plains Community 31
Papillion-LaVista 76, Omaha Central 40
Paxton 43, Medicine Valley 39
Pender 53, Homer 45
Platteview 61, Ashland-Greenwood 25
Pleasanton 53, Central Valley 47
Ponca 59, Wakefield-Allen 30
Raymond Central 47, David City 44
Red Cloud 33, Franklin 26
Sandhills/Thedford 36, Twin Loup 18
Scottsbluff 71, Gering 48
St. Paul 47, Central City 43
Stanton 58, Plainview 24
Superior 67, Heartland 34
Wahoo 57, Omaha Mercy 31
Waverly 48, Beatrice 41
Wayne 60, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 58
Weeping Water 61, Mead 25
West Point-Beemer 46, Battle Creek 43
Winner, S.D. 56, Valentine 24
Wynot 53, Niobrara/Verdigre 23
Yutan 60, Douglas County West 32
The score may look like a rout but the McCook Community College women’s basketball team had their hands full in the opening game of 2019, downing Southeast Community College Monday at home 103-75.
“We’ve been back with four days of practice so tonight was all about doing the best we could,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “It was a good team win.”
The Lady Indians raced to an 18-point lead early, fought off a couple strong runs in the first half to lead 35-21 after the first quarter and 55-38 at the half.
Despite trailing by 17 points at intermission, the Storm rallied to close the gap to two points scoring the first 15 points of the half in just over three minutes, and the game got complicated by MCC foul-trouble, But Lady Indians got back in an offensive rhythm with dribble-penetration and stretched the lead back to five points at 68-63 at the end of the third period.
Fernetti said his team has been focusing on their offense and running the same basic system whether they see zone or man-to-man defense, and it turned back into a track meet in the final stanza as MCC enjoyed a 25-12 advantage.
“We did a great job a sharing the ball tonight with 26 assists, we got a lot of open looks, and whoever was open got it up,” Fernetti said.
Six MCC players scored in double-figures led by sophomore Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) who scored 22 points. Sophomores Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) and Makayla Jones, (Aurora, Colo.) both scored 18 points with Jones hauling down 13 offensive rebounds (15 total) and Hinkle had eight.
Fernetti cited the efforts of a couple of all three of those sophomores who came up big in critical stages – Tiles leading with pace, Jones on the offensive boards, and Hinkle’s two-way game.
“Makayla leads by example it takes a lot of effort to come up with 13 offensive rebounds and she hit a couple big 3s and Sam always contributes wherever she can and she hit some big shots too.” Fernetti said. “And Hailey stepped it up when she had to too.”
Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) scored 13 points and sophomore Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain) had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 10 points and had six rebounds.
MCC made 41.4 percent of 87 shots on the night and six of 14 from distance (31.4 percent.) The Lady Indians out-rebounded Southeast CC 64-55.
MCC improves to 11-4 on the season (6-1 at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center) and improve to 2-0 in Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Play.
They face a tough test this weekend going on the road to face NJCCA-Division 2 opponent Kansas City Community College (14-2) currently ranked sixth in the nation.
“This will be an excellent opportunity for us,” Fernetti said.
Region IX South Division play begins Jan. 18 as the Lady Indians hit the road for four straight Region IX games starting at Otero Junior College and Trinidad State on back-to-back nights, then at Western Nebraska Jan.22 and at Northeastern Junior College Jan. 25. MCC closes out the January schedule Jan. 29 against North Platte then plays six home games in February with the final home game Feb. 23 against Lamar Community College.
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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team returned to the court last week for a scrimmage against Colby Community College and look to improve on a pre-holiday record of 6-7 as they chase the other six teams in the Region IX South Division.
At the break, North Platte is 9-1, Otero Junior College 11-2, Trinidad is 12-2, Western Nebraska is 12-4, Lamar Community College 10-6 and Northeastern Junior College is 8-7.
The Indians will start division play with four games on the road this month – a month with only two home games on the slate.
“I am super excited to see how we respond to the second semester schedule,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said. “We have had a solid first few days back from Christmas Break, and we seem hungry!”
The Indians begin official play Thursday at Seward taking on the Concordia JV team then return of the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Jan. 15 for a 5 p.m. contest with Air Force Prep. Then comes division road games at Otero Jan. 18, Trinidad Jan. 19, Western Nebraska Jan. 22 and Northeastern Junior College Jan. 25.
MCC’s only home game in the region comes Jan 29 when the Indians host North Platte.
The good news is a home-heavy February schedule with six straight games at home between Feb. 5 -- when Western Nebraska comes to town – and Feb. 16 when Otero Junior College makes a visit. The final home game is Feb. 23 against Lamar. Also on the slate are back-to-back games with Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference opponents Southeast CC (Feb. 10) and Central Community College Feb. 11).
Statistically, the MCC men have the third best offense among Region IX South teams averaging 89.8 points per game. Through 13 games the Indians are shooting 45.9 percent from the field, lowest among the seven teams in the South division. From the 3-point line, MCC has made 37.3 percent of 330 shots taken – third in the division and is shooting 72.1 percent from the free-throw line, also third best in the division. At 43.2 rebounds per game MCC ranks second, and the 14.0 offensive boards per game ties the Indians for the division lead with Lamar Community College.
On the defensive side the Indians are yielding 81.9 points per game which is fifth most among the seven division teams.
Individually, sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) leads the Indians in scoring averaging 13.8 points per game, 10th best among players in the division. Freshman Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) is averaging 12.7 points per game. Freshman Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) is the only other player averaging double-figures at 10.0 points per game.
Cunningham also leads the Indians in rebounding with 6.1 per game – ninth best in the division. Freshman Kailee White Jr. (Henrietta, N.Y.) is second on the team with 5.1 rebounds per game
Redshirt freshman Avanthony Banks ranks sixth in the division in 3-point shooting. He’s made 48.3 percent of his 60 attempts on the season.
Cunningham has been credited with 26 steals, the third most in the division.
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Lincoln - Nebraska's Leigha Brown was named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week when the conference announced its weekly honors on Monday, Jan. 7.
Brown put together the best two performances of her young career in back-to-back Big Ten road games for the Huskers last week. She averaged 19.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 18.0 minutes per game off the bench for the Big Red.
The 6-1 guard/forward, who leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring in conference contests at 16.7 points per game, scored a then-career-high 19 points in Nebraska's 78-69 road win at defending Big Ten champion Ohio State on New Year's Eve. Brown hit 4-of-9 shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers against the Buckeyes, while also knocking down 9-of-12 free throws to lead the Huskers to their first true road win of the season.
The true freshman from Auburn, Indiana was even better the next time out at No. 19 Iowa, putting up a career-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while connecting on 3-of-4 three-point attempts. Brown also hit 5-of-6 free throws and tied a career high with two steals in 18 minutes against the Hawkeyes. She scored six of her points in the closing minutes to lead a furious Husker rally that cut a 12-point Iowa lead with four minutes left to just two points in the final minute.
On the season, Brown is Nebraska's second-leading scorer at 10.4 points per game, trailing only fellow freshman Sam Haiby (10.7 ppg). Brown ranks seventh among all Big Ten freshman in scoring on the season.
Brown and the Huskers will play host to No. 9 Maryland on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off between Nebraska (7-7 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) and the Terrapins (13-1 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m., and tickets are available now at Huskers.com.
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was honored Monday as one of 32 players named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. Martinez was one of two quarterbacks named to the team joining Clemson true freshman Trevor Lawrence.
Martinez ranks 12th nationally in total offensive yards per game (295.1), and leads all freshman in that category, while ranking fourth among freshmen in passing yards per game. Martinez averaged 237.9 passing yards per game and 57.2 rushing yards per game in 2018, becoming just the second FBS true freshman since 1990 to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game and the first to hit those averages as a Power Five program.
Overall, Martinez was just the sixth freshman quarterback - true or redshirt - to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game since 1990, joining Oregon's Marcus Mariota (2012), Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2012) and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett (2014) as the only freshmen quarterbacks to reach those marks in the last decade. Martinez was also one of just four FBS quarterbacks - regardless of class - who averaged 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game in 2018.
Martinez rewrote Nebraska's freshman record book in 2018, and he also left his mark on the Huskers' overall season charts, including averaging a school-record 295.1 yards of total offense per game. Martinez completed 64.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,617 yards, ranking second in school history in completion percentage, sixth in completions (224), eighth in passing yards and 10th in passing touchdowns (17).
His dual-threat ability helped Martinez account for 3,246 yards of total offense, which was the fifth-highest total in Nebraska history in addition to averaging the most yards of total offense per game in program history. Martinez had a school-record seven 300-yard total offense games in 2018, including three 400-yard total offense games, tying the Nebraska season and career record in that category.
With Martinez leading the way, Nebraska averaged 456.2 yards per game in 2018, the program's highest total since 2012. The Husker offense totaled more than 500 yards of offense in five of Martinez's 11 starts, including four games with more than 560 yards of offense.
Martinez’s selection marks the second straight year Nebraska has had a player on the FWAA Freshman All-America team. Last season, wide receiver JD Spielman was named to the team as a redshirt freshman.
The McCook Community College Lady Indians begin second-half play tonight with a Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference game at home against 5-8 Southeast Community College. The game starts at 6 p.m. It is the first of only two home games in January.
Coach Kellen Fernetti’s squad posted a 10-4 mark through the first two months of the season and has posted the most wins before break since the 2015-2016 team that went 13-1 in the first half and finished with a 29-4 mark.
"I am definitely looking forward to the second half of the season,” said MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti. “We have played competitive basketball to date, and since our return from break our spirit and energy has been really good. The girls are excited to be back on campus and working hard.”
The Lady Indians are averaging 88.6 points per game – second behind Western Nebraska’s 92.5 in the Region IX south division. Kellen Fernetti’s squad has taken 141 more shots (1,126) than any of the six teams in the division but are only connecting 39.2 percent of the time (next to last among the six teams.) MCC also leads the division in rebounding, averaging 47.1 per game.
On the defensive side MCC gives up an average of 65.9 points per game and lead the division with 13 steals per game.
“Defensively, we need to tighten up some things, rotation and communication-wise, to be better moving forward,” Fernetti said.
Western Nebraska sits atop the Region IX Division 1 South Field with a 12-2 overall mark, MCC follows at 10-4, Otero Junior College is 9-5, Trinidad State is 8-6, Northeaster Junior College is 7-4 and Lamar Community College is 2-14.
Region IX Division play begins Jan. 18 as the Lady Indians hit the road for four straight Region IX games starting at Otero Junior College and Trinidad State on back-to-back nights then at Western Nebraska Jan.22 and at Northeastern Junior College Jan. 25.
“We know the challenges ahead of us will be tough, with 15 of our 16 games Region IX or NCCAC contests,” Fernetti said. “Each game we have to show up with our best effort and best focus to be successful.”
MCC closes out the January schedule Jan. 29 against North Platte then plays six home games in February with the final home game Feb. 23 against Lamar Community College.
Statistically, sophomore guard Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) leads MCC in scoring at 16.1 points game – fourth best in the division. Sophomore Sam Hinkle (Rifle, Colo.) is averaging 13.6 points a game, freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) averages 11.8, sophomore, Anna Sanjuan (Reus, Spain) is averaging 10.9 and freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) is averaging 10.4 points per game.
Three Lady Indians are in the top 10 in rebounding with Bodette averaging 9.6 per game which is second most in the division. Freshman Lena Goerke, (Hamburg, Germany) averages 7.3 rebounds per game (fifth in the division) and Hinkle’s 6.4 boards per game ranks seventh.
Sophomore Makayla Jones paces MCC in field-goal percentage making 46.7 percent of her shots with Bodette right behind her at 46.6 percent. Those totals rank ninth and 10th in the division.
Three more Lady Indians are in the top 10 in 3-point shooting. Cross is making 34.1 percent of her attempts from distance, Tiles is shooting 32 percent and Sanjuan at 31.6 percent.
Cross and Hinkle are tied for fourth in the division in free-throw shooting, each at 80 percent. Cross has taken 60 shots from the line while Hinkle has been there 35 times.
“I have really liked our effort and our togetherness, and if we continue to do that, we have a chance to be successful this second semester,” Fernetti said.
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