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Creek Valley girls break the 60-point barrier again; Plainsmen run away with double digit win in boys game

CHAPPELL, Neb. - The Creek Valley Storm hosted the Perkins County Plainsmen last night at the 'Thunder Dome' in Chappell. Similar to their last outing on Saturday against the Peetz Bulldogs, the series between Creek Valley and Perkins County had gone the way of the Lady Storm in recent years having won six straight, while the boys had struggled with the Plainsmen dropping 10 of their last 11.

After setting season highs in their last outing against Peetz in points, 68, and shooting percentage, 47 percent from the field and 58 percent from behind the arc, Creek Valley hoped to continue their strong play down the stretch with Sub-Districts beginning next week.

A fast eight point first quarter from senior Sami Schmid allowed the Lady Storm to jump out to an early 13-6 lead, but senior Maggie Earl answered back with six of her own in the 2nd for Perkins County as the halftime score sat at 27-18 in favor of the home team.

Foul trouble plagued the Lady Plainsmen in the second half as they had three starters all foul out which led to a 24-13 advantage for the Lady Storm in the fourth quarter as they once again scored in the 60s notching a fourth straight win, 62-39.

Schmid earned Runza player of the game finishing with 17 points for Creek Valley, while Earl led all scorers with 20.

Senior Sydney Wilson was one of the three Perkins County starters to foul out, yet she still totaled eight points in limited minutes. Junior Hailey Snyder stroked a three-point shot in the final quarter to give her her only points of the game while a pair of freshmen Rylee Huff and Dani Burge both had two points. Off the bench, another freshman Miah Long managed three points late in the fourth quarter and senior Kyla Bruggeman made one of two free throws in the first for her lone point.

Joining Schmid in double digits for the Lady Storm were senior Payje Misegadis and junior Jordyn Koenen both notching 11 points. The freshmen duo of Jersie Misegadis and Mariah Koenen just missed joining there three teammates finishing with eight points each. Off the bench, sophomore Catie Koenen tallied six and fellow sophomore, Chloe Stupka knocked down two of four free throws.

In the boys game, both teams struggled out of the gate as by the end of the opening eight minutes, the Plainsmen led 6-5. The explosive offense showed up in the second though as Perkins County outscored Creek Valley 18-6 to take a 24-11 lead into halftime.

With the double digit lead coming out of the locker room, the Plainsmen never relinquished it in the second half as senior Charles Johnson put up 14 of his game-high 21 total points in the third quarter alone and Perkins County went on to win by double digits, 57-30.

The highlight of the game for the Storm came on the final play as sophomore Noah Knapp stole the ball and laid it in at the buzzer. Despite the tough loss, he earned Runza player of the game honors for his effort, finishing with 4 points.

Johnson was the only player to reach double digits for the Plainsmen as senior Josh Johnston scored all nine of his points in the first half, fellow senior Tyson Patrick totaled four, and senior Michael Beck along with junior Spencer Ross both had three in the win. From the bench, junior Tanner Burge made all six of his free throw attempts in the fourth quarter while sophomore Alex Patrick also scored six points. Junior Domonic Wendell finished with four, and junior Aaron Fay made a layup late in the game for his two points.

Junior Tanner Crass led the way for Creek Valley tallying 10 points with Sam Grabowski also just missing out on double digits with nine. Senior Michael Smith fouled out early in the fourth as his night came to an end with five points in the scoring column. Fellow senior Pierce Leef drained a hook shot in the fourth to give himself two points as well.

The Perkins County girls now await their Sub-District tournament coming up next Tuesday while the boys don't play again until their season finale against Bridgeport next Friday. As for the Storm, they'll be back at home again on Friday to host the South Platte Blue Knights as it'll be the final game of the regular season for the girls.



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