CHS BASKETBALL TEAMS PLAY IN MID-STATE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
The Crofton Warriors and Lady Warriors both competed in the Mid-State Conference tournament held in Norfolk on January 29 through February 3. The other teams in the conference include the following: Norfolk Catholic, Battle Creek, Pierce, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic (GACC), Hartington Cedar Catholic, Boone Central/Newman Grove, O’Neill, and Wayne.
The Crofton Warriors won the opening round vs. GACC 47-36. The Warriors had lost to the Bluejays at the beginning of the season by only a point.
The win allowed them to advance onto the quarterfinals vs. the number one seed O’Neill. With sharp shooting, the Warriors only trailed by three with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter. The Warriors fell short and lost to O’Neill 65-52. Tyler Janssen led the Warriors with 16 points and four rebounds. Noah Lancaster added 13 points.
Playing for fifth place, the boys matched up against the Wayne Blue Devils. Wayne outscored Crofton 65-25. Payton Bartels led the way with eight points and Noah Lancaster added six more.
The conference championship game was played at the Northeast Community College where Battle Creek outlasted Boone Central/Newman Grove, 55-48.
The Crofton Lady Warriors started the tournament vs. the O’Neill Eagles, who had defeated the Lady Warriors earlier this season. The girls got off to a great start, outscoring the Eagles 18-4 at the end of the first quarter. Crofton came out on top 55-33. Josie Sanger led with 15 points and Lacey Sprakel added another 14 points that helped the Lady Warriors achieve success.
In the semifinal round, the Lady Warriors defeated GACC, the number one seed. Lacey Sprakel was the leading scorer for the Lady Warriors with 24 points. The girls won 49-44.
Crofton headed to the championship game vs. Pierce. The Pierce Bluejays outscored the Lady Warriors 14-4 after the first quarter. Crofton made a comeback and tied it up at halftime. However, the Lady Warriors fell short with the final score being 45-41. Lacey Sprakel had 17 points, Josie Sanger chipped in 16, while Elyssa Tramp contributed six points.
The Crofton Lady Warriors are looking forward to traveling to Norfolk Catholic on Thursday February 8, with a 7:45 tipoff. The Warriors are on the road to Salem, SD to take on McCook Central/Montrose on Tuesday February 6. Tipoff time is slated for 6:15.
Noah Lancaster attempts a three pointer during the O’Neill game. Photo creds: Corey Dahl
Madisen Kube defends a Pierce opponent during the conference championship.