The race for a league champion may go down to the wire with several teams still contending heading into the final stretch of the regular season.
The No. 2 Lady Eagles still have just the St. John loss after pounding Stafford 50-19 on Tuesday. Norwich (13-1) scored all its points in the first three quarters, leading 19-2 after one quarter and 33-10 at the half. Kenzie Klaver poured in 19 points in the win, and Haley Poljansek added nine points.
The Eagle boys came out on the losing end of a high-scoring 83-59 affair. Norwich outscored Stafford 36-26 in the second and fourth quarters combined, but came up short 57-23 in the other two quarters. Jacob Norris led the Eagles with 14 points, followed by 13 points from Tristian Wallace. The boys fell to Attica 58-35 on Friday.
The Bulldog boys remain in contention for a league title following two more HOPL wins in week 10. Tuesday, the squad dominated Skyline 61-41. Friday, they were equally as impressive in a 58-35 performance against Norwich. Attica is now 12-5 overall, 6-1 in league play. In the Skyline win, the Bulldogs led 37-30 by halftime. Devon Newberry hit three triples to finish with 19 points. Vince Ramirez finished with 12 points, and Jack Deviney added 10 points.
The Lady Bulldogs fell to Skyline 54-27 and came up short against Norwich 44-31.
The Lady T-Birds are 9-6 after picking up two wins last week. Tuesday, the girls downed Attica 54-27. Friday, they picked up the second win by defeating Cunningham 56-31. Friday, the teams hit the break tied at 21. The T-Birds took over from there, taking the third quarter 16-4, then finishing off the Wildcats 19-6 in the fourth quarter. Kaitlyn Stark finished with 15 points, just ahead of 14 points apiece from Janessa Davis and Alyssa Swonger.
The Skyline boys fell in both of their contests, losing to Attica 61-41, and falling to Cunningham 72-40. The Wildcats opened Friday’s game with a 30-point first quarter to dominate that contest. Cole Patterson paced the Birds with 14 points and Brandon Abbott scored 11 points.
The No. 4 Cougar boys remain atop the HOPL with two league wins in week 10. Tuesday, Central Christian downed Cunningham 60-41. Friday, the boys beat South Barber 75-44 to improve to 12-3 overall, 6-0 in the HOPL. Tuesday, the Cougars led Cunningham 34-21 by halftime. Jared Starkey paced the team with 14 points. Kyle Patrick hit two threes and added 12 points, and Ben Krehbiel hit two threes for an 11-point night.
The Lady Cougars still sit at just two wins following a 49-29 loss to Cunningham and a 59-28 loss to South Barber. Tuesday, the girls never scored more than nine points in a quarter, falling behind 27-16 by the half. Sarah Hagen again did most of the scoring, swishing three threes and finishing with 19 points.
Both Charger basketball teams went 1-1 in week 10 of action. The Lady Chargers got past Stafford 28-25, but fell well short of No. 10 Fairfield in a 70-29 contest. The boys handled Fairfield 61-48 on Tuesday, but fell to Stafford 73-69 on Friday.
Tuesday, the Lady Chargers managed just two points in the opening frame against Fairfield. They went on to trail 56-20 after three quarters. Briana Woodworth and Alissa Satterfield each scored nine points. The Charger boys trailed 28-27 at the half in their Tuesday game, but outscored Fairfield 34-20 in the second half to earn a double-digit win. Trae Lane hit four threes and led all scorers with 28 points. Nathan Harper added three triples for 15 points, and Caleb Hurst scored 11 points.
The Bulldog boys are still in contention for a league title. Tuesday, the Bulldogs downed South Barber 73-64. Friday, they downed Fairfield 48-42 to improve to 10-7 overall, 6-1 in the HOPL. Freshman Jordan Albright hit both three-point tries and went 8-of-10 from the stripe for 16 points in the South Barber win. Senior Justin Haflich filled the stat sheet with 15 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and three blocked shots.
The Lady Bulldogs fell to 10-7 overall with a 43-37 loss to South Barber on Tuesday and a 49-35 loss to No. 10 Fairfield on Friday. A poor second quarter sent Pretty Prairie to the half trailing 28-19 on Tuesday. The Bulldogs shaved three points off that deficit in the second half but could not complete the comeback. Kristin Haflich scored 24 of the team’s 37 points.