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(Neb)-Chadron To Play Custer Girls, Valentine Boys For Holiday Classic Titles

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/29/2017 08:39 PM
By Con Marshall
CHADRON—Because of potentially hazardous highway conditions, the Hemingford teams were unable to travel to Chadron for the opening round of the Rotary Holiday Basketball Classic on Friday, meaning only two of the four scheduled games were played.

      Those games saw the Custer girls defeat Valentine 55-40 and the Valentine boys topple Custer 66-38.

      Hemingford and Chadron were to meet in the second session in the evening, so the Chadron teams automatically advanced to play Friday’s winners in the championship contests, the girls starting at 1 p.m. and the boys at 2:30 p.m., and

      Chadron High activities director Andy Pope said the Hemingford teams hope to make the trip Saturday morning to meet Friday’s losers in the consolation round beginning at 10 o’clock, but if they can't the Chadron junior varsities will fill the vacancies in the first two contests.

       The Custer girls, now 4-2, jumped out to a 31-16 halftime lead in Friday’s first game.  Each team scored 24 points in the second half.  Teri Glazier, a 5-foot-9 senior, led the winning Wildcats with 20 points. Classmate McKenzie Becker added 11.

      The only double-figure scorer for Valentine, now 1-6, was senior Grace Robinson with 10.

      The Valentine boys, who were 0-6 entering the classic and had scored fewer than 30 points in three of their contests, built a 39-14 halftime lead and coasted to victory in the second contest. 

       Jaydon Owen, a 5-10 senior, scored 21 points for the Badgers, while sinking four 3-pointers. Kooper Reece, a 6-6 senior, added 11 points and also dominated the rebounding.

       Nolan Patzlaff, a 5-8 junior, scored nine points and freshmen Jace Kelley and Grant Sullivan each added eight for Custer. 


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