WAYNE — Cars and busses full of people drove blizzard-like conditions Monday to wage the battle of Hartington.
Cedar Catholic emerged as the C2-7 first-round SubDistrict winner with a 54-25 win over Hartington Public School.
A strong second-quarter surge was the real difference in this one, as the Lady Trojans held the Lady Cats to just three points in the frame.
Cedar got off to a fast start in this one, racing to a 14-8 first-quarter advantage thanks to a balanced scoring attack.
Kala Sudbeck powered in six second-quarter points to help the Lady Trojans break the game open in the second frame with a 13-3 run to take a 27-11 lead into the locker room.
Cedar’s defense sealed the win by again holding the Lady Cats in check in the third period.
“I thought we did do a good job defensively especially in the third quarter,” Cedar Coach Terry Kathol said. “We stepped up some defensive pressure and got them to rush some of their shooting.”
Cedar ended up outscoring the Purple Pride 19-5 in the third quarter to put the game away. Sudbeck again provided most of the damage for Cedar, nailing a trey, two jumpers and a pair of freethrows for nine third-quarter points.
Hartington bounced back in the final frame thanks to Kylie Bakke’s hot hand. She hit two treys on her way to eight fourth-quarter points. She helped the Lady Cats put up 12 points, but it was too little, too late.
Kathol said both teams played well.
”They gave us a great effort, which I knew they would,” he said.
Kathol said the Lady Trojans had a few nerves to work out early.
“This was the first SubDistrict game for several of the girls that played, which can cause nerves but I thought they all went out and performed well. I don’t think there were extra nerves because of who we were playing. We knew we needed to go out and play well and that we were going to get their best effort. We talked about how this really is just another game, you just know the opposing teams players better than any other team we play.
The win gives Cedar a 7-13 record and moved the Lady Trojans into Tuesday’s semifinal game. Hartington ends the season at 4-15.
Cedar 14 13 19 8—54
Hartington 8 3 5 12—28
FG 22-51 8-39
FT 8-16 8-21
3pt 2-5 1-5
Reb 43 32
TOs 15 15
Hartington- Kylie Bakke, 11; Nicole Folkers, 4; Lori Fischer, 4; Megan Goeden, 4; Sheila Wiebelhaus, 3; Dana Fuelberth, 1; Ali Lammers, 1. Cedar – Kala Sudbeck, 19; Melanie Leise, 13; Tracy Peitz, 7; Ashley Kathol, 4; Rhonda Sudbeck, 4; Molly Dickes, 2; Shelby Neuhalfne, 2; Hillari Heithold, 2; Madison Becker, 1.
Cedar- Melanie Leise, 6; Hillari Heithold, 5; Dana Dickes, 4; Kala Sudbeck, 3; Ashley Kathol, 3; Rhonda Sudbeck, 2; Shelby Neuhalfen, 2; Amber Wortmann, 2; Molly Dickes, 2; Tracy Peitz, 2; Madison Becker, 1. Hartington- Lori Fischer, 7; Nikole Folkers 4; Kylie Bakke, 4; Megan Goeden, 3; Alim Lammers, 2.
Cedar- Tracy Peitz, 5; Madison Becker, 3; Amber Wortmann, 2. Hartington – Kylie Bakke, 2; Megan Goeden, 1.
Cedar- Amber Wortmann, 1; Madison Becker, 1. Hartington – Ali Lammers, 1; Kylie Bakke, 1.