Published On: Wed, Feb 29th, 2012

Area teams pack their bags for State

At least two area basketball teams have qualified to complete in the state basketball tournaments.
Wynot easily manhandled Mullen in the D2 girls basketball District final Friday in Basset.
The Cedar Catholic boys basketball team escaped a knock down, drag out brawl with once-beaten Burwell Monday night in Battle Creek to advance to next week’s State Tournament.
BASSETT —  The Mullen Lady Broncos had no answer for the relentless full court pressure of the Wynot Lady Blue Devils in the district final game played at Bassett on Friday night.
The Lady Blue Devils would force the Lady Broncos into 32 turnovers as they punched their ticket to the state tournament with a 74-32 win.
Senior Bailey Kuchta would step up her play as she lead all scorer with 19 points. Maggie Schulte continues her steady play with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Shelby Wieseler hustled for 11 points and 5 steals.
Mullen was lead by Mikayla Daniels with 8 points and Clara Vinton helped the Broncos cause with her 6 points.
The Blue Devils would shock the Broncos with thier full court trapping defense in the opening quarter. Multiple turnovers would result in several transistion baskets as Wynot took a 17-7 lead early. Maggie Schulte lead the Lady Devils with 6 points and Bailey Kuchta got 5 points from the charity stripe.
Shelby Wieseler and Erica Burbach would both hit treys for Wynot in the second frame and Heidi Klug had 4 points as Wynot smothered the Bronco offense and built their lead to 34-12 at the half.
Mikayla Daniels and Rachel Hoesing each hit for a pair of field goals as the Lady Broncos showed some signs of life in the third quarter. The Lady Blue Devils were not backing down however, as they got 6 more points from Bailey Kuchta at the low block area and a three pointer from the left wing by Maggie Schulte and increased the margin to 49-24.
The early onslaught had taken the wind out of Broncos sails as Wynot would finish the game on a 25-8 run. Six points by Samantha Wieseler and 4 more points from Bailey Kuchta started the run. Three pointers by Shelby Wieseler, Kattie Savoy and final dagger from behind the arc by Heidi Klug sent Mullen back west with the 74-36 loss.
The Lady Broncos season ends with 17-7 record. Wynot takes their 23-3 record to Lincoln as the # 5 seed and will play the #3 seed Falls City Sacred Heart on Thursday night at 8:45 P.M. as they begin their quest for back to back state D-2 titles.
Wynot    17    17    15    25   —74
Mullen    7     5    12     8    —36

Wynot    Mullen
FG    27-64        13-31
3PT       7-13        0-0
FT         13-21        6-13
Reb        26        15
TO        18        32

Wynot- Bailey Kuchta, 19; Maggie Schulte, 14; Shelby Wieseler, 11; Heidi Klug, 7; Kattie Savoy, 6; Samantha Wieseler, 6; Erica Burbach, 5; Haley Gowery, 4; Kelsie Higgins, 2. Mullen – Mikayla Daniels, 8; Clara Vinton, 6; Rachel Hoesing, 4; Amber Wright, 4; Jessica Lovitt, 3; Madison Tomlinson, 3; Michaela Jochem, 2.
Wynot – Maggie Schulte, 6; Samantha Wieseler, 5; Bailey Kuchta, 4.

BATTLE CREEK —  Monday’s C2-5 District title contest would have made chess master Bobby Fischer proud.
Cedar’s opening salvo turned out to be a pair of lane penetrating drives resulting in points. The Trojans opening drive of the game ended with a Logan Weinandt rebound and put-back. The Trojans followed that up with another drive through the Burwell defense and a short Zach Steffen lay-in.
Those two plays started a back and forth, high-speed, high-stakes chess match that didn’t end until the final buzzer.
Cedar finally put the Longhorns in check early in the fourth quarter, thanks to an aggressive defense as Cedar freshman James Kaiser collected back-to-back steals, which turned into points, “That was huge for us. James is very quick and has the ability to really disrupt the other team,” Coach Steffen said.
The Trojans then put Burwell in checkmate as they closed out the game at the foul line connecting on  8-11 fourth-quarter foul shots to claim the 56-45 win and earn a return trip to next week’s State Class C2 Basketball Tournament.
Cedar used a solid inside-outside game to build a 14-8 first-quarter advantage,  with Logan Weinandt hitting for six points in the paint and Zach Steffen connecting for six, half of which came from a long distance bomb. Grant Howell also got a bucket under the basket in the frame for Cedar.
The Trojans fell victim to Burwell’s quick transition game in the second frame and were outscored 15-11.
Despite the defensive letdown, Cedar still clung to a narrow 25-23 lead at the halftime break.
Things didn’t start off too well for the Trojans in the second half as Cedar turned the ball over on its first possession of the second half.
Burwell then quickly put together a 7-0 run to take command of the contest. The Longhorn’s Austin Svoboda led the rally, knocking down 10 straight points in all, while Cedar could only muster a Kyle Klug jumper in the opening minutes of the second half.
Two quick Cedar timeouts got the Trojan offense back on track.
“We knew they were going to come out and play hard in the third quarter, and I told the kids we had to match that intensity. I didn’t think we were going to be able to stop them for a while though,” Coach Steffen said.
A couple of changes made some big difference, he said.
“We switched our defense up to a 2-3 to try to slow them down, and we switched our offense up to more of a dribble-drive. The kids responded to that and did a nice job.”
The Trojans were able to close out the third quarter with a 10-6 run to bring the game back into reach, trailing 38-37 with one quarter of play left in the contest.
Cedar forced a Burwell turnover to open the fourth quarter and the Trojans were off to the races after that, forcing turnovers and collecting steals to put together an 8-0 run and regain the lead, 45-38.
The big run was keyed by a balanced attack as James Kaiser hit a pair of freethrows and Kyle Klug, Logan Weinandt and Zach Steffen all hit jumpers.
The Cedar offense was led by a balanced attack as Zach Steffen put in a 15-point effort to lead the team. Fellow seniors Logan Weinandt and Zach Steffen also hit for 11 points on the night. All of Klug’s points came in the second half.
Weinandt said he and his teammates knew they would be in for a battle, but he said hard word in practice and determination really paid off down the stretch.
“We came into this knowing we had to play our best. We got down for awhile, but we just kept going after them,” Weinandt said.
Coach Steffen said he wasn’t concerned about Klug’s first-half misses.
“Kyle can shoot the ball. They just weren’t going in for him. I wasn’t going to tell him not to shoot. I knew he’d keep his confidence up and the shots would start falling for him,” he said.
Burwell was led by Austin Svboda’s 16 points. The win puts Cedar Catholic in the State C2 Basketball Tournament for the fourth straight year.
The Trojans are expected to be the fourth seed. Unofficial pairings had not been released as of press time, but unofficially Cedar would play the fifth seed, Stanton, at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln Northeast.

Cedar    14        11    12    19  — 56
Burwell    8        15    15      7 — 45

Cedar    Burwell
FG    21-46        18-40
FT    10-17        7-9
3pt    4-11        2-6
Reb    25            26
TOs    7            14
Fouls    8            15

Cedar – Zach Steffen, 15; Logan Weinandt, 11; Kyle Klug, 11; Logan Feilmeier, 8; James Kaiser, 7; Gratn Howell, 4. Burwell – Austin Svboda, 16; Nathan Nelson, 11; Alec Galvin, 9; Blake Jeffers, 5; Jacob Birch, 4.

Cedar – Logan Weinandt, 6; James Kaiser, 5; Logan Feilmeier, 5; Kyle Klug, 4; Zach Steffen, 2; Trevor Hamilton, 1.

Cedar – Logan Feilmeier, 4; James Kaiser, 2; Kylr Klug, 2; Zach Steffen, 1.

Cedar – James Kaiser, 3; Logan Feilmeier, 2; Zach Steffen, 2; Grant Howell, 2;  Logan Weinandt, 2.