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December 13, 2018

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Rock Hills Basketball

The Grizzlies basketball team picked up a hard fought road win against Lincoln in a 72-59 contest.  

Dereck Gillett led all scorers with 25 points and 16 rebounds. Rock Hills had five guys in double figures: Mohler had 10 points and 10 rebounds, Higer had 10 points with five assists, Jerrod Gillett had 11 points and Davion McDonald had 11 as well.  Tristyn  Brown had three, and Caden Slate went two for two at the charity stripe. Rock Hills improved to 2-0 and played in the Cloud County Thunderbird Invitational Championship Saturday against Washington County.

The Grizzlies came up short, 51-67, in this one. Rock Hills did not play with as much intensity on defense, and Washington took advantage by going up 47-22 at one point. However, the Grizzlies went on a run of their own to cut the deficit to nine early in the fourth quarter before losing steam and had to resort to fouling. 

Washington County put it away at the free throw line. Although it's early in the season, the Grizzlies no doubt learned from their first loss. Everything starts with defense, and that was certainly lacking Saturday night. No stats are available for this game.


Superior Junior High Girls' Season Rolls On


After the extended Thanksgiving break, the Superior Junior High School girls hosted the Sutton Fillies for two basketball games. Superior's B team kept it close throughout, but could not overcome Sutton's tough defense. The final score was 20 to 24 in favor of the Fillies.

Teegan Duncan led all scorers with 12 and grabbed the most rebounds. Lily Edwards put in four points in the paint and had two take-aways, a team high. Cayce Barry and Becca Rand each chipped in two.

Superior's A team took on Sutton A next. The Wildcats took the lead from the get-go and put on a dominating performance, with a 34 to 10 victory.

Six lady cats put points on the board, with Brooklynn Grabast dropping in 10, Neah McMeen and Atlee Atlee Kobza each had eight, Laci Kirchhoff had four, and Ella Gardner and Hailey Blecha each had two. Kobza led all rebounders with seven, Gardner snagged four steals and Neah McMeen dished out the most assists.

The Wildcats took to the road five days later to challenge the Heartland Huskies.

Superior B bounced back from a tough loss at home to claim victory against Heartland B 32 to 15. After trailing by two at the end of the first quarter, the Wildcats outscored the Huskies 12 to 1 in the second quarter and never looked back.

It was a balanced scoring attack from the Cats with Ella Gardner putting up eight, Barry and Edwards added seven each, Becca Rand chipped in six including the only 3-pointer of the game. Nadia McMeen added four. Teegan Duncan grabbed the most boards with 10, Becca Rand had a season high seven steals. Three players led the assist category.

Superior A took to the court next to face Heartland A. Superior A had a strong performance that ended in a 31 - 17 victory. Atlee Kobza took charge in the paint and had a team high 16 points. Gardner had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Cayce Barry dropped in four points and Laci Kirchhoff sank a free throw. Gardner also led the steal stat line with six and Neah McMeen again dished out the most assists.

In another scheduling change, the Blue Hill Bobcats came to town to take on the Wildcats.

Blue Hill came out strong, making it tough to get shots off in the paint. Although it came down to the wire, the Wildcats lost 18 to 21.

Gardner led all scorers with six, Laci Kirchhoff had five, including the only 3-pointer of the game, Blecha and Neah McMeen each chipped in two. Atlee Kobza made two free-throws, and Grabast sank one. Kobza crashed the boards with eight rebounds and had the most takeaways with six.

Blue Hill agreed to play two extra quarters to get more playing time for the girls.

During that stretch, the Wildcats outscored the Bobcats 11 to 4. Teegan Duncan and Hailey Blecha led the way with four points each. Edwards chipped in two and Barry made a free-throw. The Wildcats had 12 steals in just two quarters, with Becca Rand grabbing a team high four Duncan topped all rebounders with six.

The Wildcats will play at home the rest of the season. They hosted a tournament on Monday and Bruning-Davenport on Tuesday. We hope to have reports on those games in the next issue.