(Neb.)- Sioux County Girls Win Holiday Tourney
(Chadrad Sports)- The Sioux County Warriors won the girls’ side of the bracket at their home tournament Saturday, defeating Crawford in the championship round.
The Warriors edged the Rams 47-42 after outscoring Crawford 20-10 in the final quarter. The rival teams traded the lead back and forth throughout the first period, with the Rams ending the quarter ahead 13-12. Sioux County’s shooting hands went cold in the second, and Crawford went on a 10-5 run for a 23-17 lead at half-time. The Warriors returned after the break and used a 10-9 run to cut into the Rams’ lead slightly and finished with a strong fourth quarter that included three treys and five free throws.
Kodie Rempp led the Warriors with 16 points, scoring 14 in the second half, including 12 from four treys. Kailey Klein added 11, sinking 10 of 12 free throws. Karlee Juhnke netted 10 for Sioux County. Carly Lemmon posted 18 on the board for Crawford, including two treys. Blake Dodd was the only other Ram in double digits with 13.
The Warriors, now 5-2 on the year, earned the spot in the championship game with a 64-32 win over Hay Springs Friday. Sioux County shut out the Hawks until mid-way through the second quarter, building a 27-0 lead and maintaining a 36-9 half-time advantage. The Warriors padded their lead with a 12-6 run in the third period. The Hawks added most of their points in the final frame, scoring 17 after Sioux County checked its JV players into the contest.
Rempp again led the Warriors, with 25 points, including four three-pointers. Klein added 10, and Beth Krein also scored in double digits with 13. Joce Varvel scored nine to lead the Hawks, closely followed by Mia Skinner’s eight.
Crawford defeated Morrill in the opening round Friday in another close contest, securing a 51-45 victory in the final minutes. The teams were knotted up at 9 after the first quarter before the Rams used a 15-7 run to take a half-time lead. Despite turning the momentum in the third quarter with a 17-12 run, Morrill entered the final frame down by three points. Crawford netted another 15 in the final eight minutes, holding Morrill to 12 for the victory.
Natalie Barry and Carly Lemmon each scored 13 for the Rams against the Lions, and Jasmine Dyer added another 12. Kylah Vogel chipped in 11. Dyer also earned a double-double with 11 rebounds.
Morrill took third place Saturday, coming from behind to defeat Hay Springs 47-27 thanks to a 25-3 run in the final frame. Morrill held an early 8-4 lead after the first quarter and but entered half-time ahead by just two, 16-14. Hay Springs came out strong after the break and used a 10-6 run to take a 24-22 lead into the final quarter. Morrill’s offense fired on all cylinders in the final eight minutes, and its defense held the Hawks to just three points to take the win.
Crawford is now 4-5 on the season, after also losing to Mitchell by four points Dec. 30 at the Cabela’s Holiday Shootout. Though the Rams outscored the Tigers in the second and fourth periods, it wasn’t enough to overcome Mitchell’s early lead. The Tigers led 21-16 at half-time and outscored the Rams 11-3 in the third quarter. Crawford closed the gap with a 13-4 run in the final period, but the win went to the Tigers, 36-32. Dodd was the only Ram to reach double digits with 10 points.
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