Published On: Wed, Feb 1st, 2012

Cedar splits games; Conf. tny is up next

HARTINGTON – Cedar Catholic suffered its second loss of the season during action at Ponca early last week, but bounced back to pick up a Friday night win over Wagner, S.D.
“Overall I think our kids responded well after a poor showing in Ponca,” Cedar Catholic Coach Matt Steffen said.
Wagner senior Jack Robinson poured in all of the Red Raiders’ early points as the South Dakota visitors built a 9-2 lead before Cedar caught fire with James Kaiser’s trey and his 12-foot jumper to cut the deficit to 9-7

Logan Feilmeier and Kaiser hit back to back shots from downtown to cut the Cedar deficit to one point, 14-13, with 2:40 left in the opening frame.
The two squads traded baskets for the remainder of the frame with Wagner putting together an 8-5 run to end the opening quarter up 22-18.
The Trojans tightened their defense and changed things up in the second frame to hold the Red Raiders to just seven second-quarter points to take a 35-19 lead into the locker room at halftime.
“We came out and played extremely hard and played smarter defense against Wagner,”   Coach Steffen said. “The kids adjusted well on defense after the first quarter and made it much more difficult for them to score.  Zach Steffen had a nice defensive effort against (Noah) St. Pierre, just to keep up with him and make it difficult for him to drive into the lane.”
Logan Weinandt hit a pair of close-in shots and Trevor Hamilton added one from the paint to help Cedar take a 10-point lead early in the third quarter. Logan Feilmeier then knifed through the defense for a lay-in to give Cedar a 46-35 lead with just over five minutes left in the third quarter.
Wagner refused to give up, though and kept coming back in the final frame, whittling the deficit to just four points before the Trojans sealed the win when James Kaiser hit 3-4 foul shots at the end.
The Cedar offense was paced by Logan Weinandt and James Kaiser.
Weinandt put in a career-best effort under the basket to garner 21 points.
Kaiser also posted a career best, coming off the bench to drop in 18 points. Logan Feilmeier also hit double figures for Cedar, dropping in 10 points.
“James Kaiser really helped our offense with 15 first-half points,” Coach Steffen said.
Wagner    22          7    13    18 – 60
Cedar    18        17    16    15 – 66

Cedar    Wagner
FG    24-54        22-54
FT    11-16        11-19
3PT    7-14        5-14
Reb    32            38
TOs    10            15
Fouls    16            10

Cedar – Logan Weinandt, 21; James Kaiser, 18; Logan Feilmeier, 10; Kyle Klug, 8; Zach Steffen, 4; Trevor Hamilton, 3; Grant Howell, 2. Wagner – Jack Robinson, 23; Noah St. Pierre, 14; Chris Kuca, 9; Branson Toliver, 6; Tyler Kricl, 6.
Cedar –  Logan Weinandt, 7; Trevor Hamilton, 7; Logan Feilmeier, 5; Kyle Klug, 4; Zach Steffen, 4; Grant Howell, 3; James Kaiser, 2. Wagner – Jack Robinson, 11; Trent Greger, 6; Noah St. Pierre, 4; Tyler Kricl, 3.
Cedar –  Kyle Klug, 4; James Kaiser, 2; Zach Steffen, 1; Logan Weinandt, 1; Grant Howell, 1; James Kaiser, 1; Mathew Leise, 1. Wagner Jack Robinson, 2.
Cedar – Logan Feilmeier, 2; Kyle Klug, 1; James Kaiser, 1; Trent Jansen, 1; Taylor Kathol, 1; Grant Howell, 1.

Two of the top teams in Class C2 collided when Cedar and Ponca squared off for  Tuesday’s slugfest.
The Indians erased a two-point third quarter deficit to earn the 57-49 win in a game that was much closer than the score indicats.
“Ponca is a tough place to go into and get a win, that being said I don’t think we played very well offensively or defensively,” Coach Steffen said. “It just seemed like every time we needed a stop, we gave up an easy basket.  We weren’t prepared well enough to give the effort we needed to win that game, and I told the kids that was my fault and it wouldn’t happen again.”
Ponca opened the contest with a 12-8 run, Cedar took control in the seocnd frame, though to outscore the Indians 18-11 and take a 26-23 lead into the locker room.
Ponca earned the 15-14 scoring advantage in the third quarter. The Indians then took the lead early in the fourth and hit their foul shots to seal the win.
Neither team was able to get much offense from the perimeter, as Cedar was 0-6 from long distance and the Indians were just 1-8. Ponca was deadly from the foul line, though, connecting on 12-14 charity shots.
Ponca    12        11    15    19 – 57
Cedar    8        18    14      9 – 49

Cedar    Ponca
FG    22-37        18-46
FT    13-23        12-14
3PT    0-6        1-8
Reb    22            28
TOs    13            16
Fouls    13            18

Cedar – Logan Weinandt, 11; Kyle Klug, 9; Zach Steffen, 8; James Kaiser, 7; Grant Howell, 6; Trevor Hamilton, 6;  Taylor Kathol, 2. Ponca – Trenton Peterson, 15; Seth O’Neill, 13; Jesse Walsh, 12; Patrick Watchorn, 8; Blake Smith, 5; Josh Block, 2; Aaron Carlson, 2.
Cedar – Logan Weinandt, 9; Logan Feilmeier, 5; Zach Steffen, 4; Kyle Klug, 3; Trevor Hamilton, 3; James Kaiser, 2; Taylor Kathol, 1; Grant Howell, 1. Ponca – Seth O’Neill, 6; Trenton Peterson, 5; Josh Block, 4; Patrick Watchorn, 2; Blake Smith, 2; Jesse Walsh, 1; Aaron Carlson, 1.
Cedar – Kyle Klug, 5; Zach Steffen, 2; Trevor Hamilton, 1; Taylor Kathol, 1; Logan Feilmeier, 1.