The Beatrice boys and girls basketball teams both fell to Hastings Friday night in the final game before the holiday moratorium.
The Lady O had a back and forth battle with Hastings, but Hastings prevailed 47-43 at the Ozone in Beatrice.
Hastings led 10-9 after the first quarter. All nine of Beatrice’s points were scored by Carley Leners.
Mak Hatcliff opened the second quarter with a three pointer to give the Lady O the lead. After a free throw by Hastings, Leners scored four straight points to make it 16-11.
Hastings scored four straight points to make it 16-15, but the Lady O finished the first half on a 6-2 run thanks to two free throws by Leners, a free throw by Addie Barnard and a buzzer beating three pointer by Hannah Lytle to make it 22-17 at the half.
Barnard opened the third quarter with two free throws, but Hastings scored nine of the game’s next 10 points to take a 26-25 lead. Baskets by Barnard and Leners gave the Lady O the lead back at 29-26. Lexi Schwartz answered a Hastings basket with two free throws. Hastings hit two more free throws to makeit 31-30 after three quarters.
Hastings scored six of the first seven points in the fourth quarter to go up 36-32. Barnard’s three pointer made it 36-35, but Hastings answered with a three pointer.
With the score 41-39 in favor of Hastings, the Lady Tigers scored the next four points to go up 45-39. The Lady O were unable to recover from that deficit, as Hastings went on to win 47-43.
Leners had 20 points to lead the Lady O while Barnard had 15 points. Hatcliff and Lytle had three points each while Schwartz had two.
The Lady O falls to 4-3 on the season and will be in action again next weekend when they travel to a holiday tournament in Sidney.
Orangemen fall to No. 6 Hastings
The Beatrice boys team battled, but fell to Class B No. 6 Hastings 64-52 Friday night at the Ozone.
The Orangemen vaulted out to a 7-0 lead after two baskets by Elliot Jurgens and a three pointer by Griffen Vater.
Hastings came back and scored the next 12 straight points, though, to take a 12-7 lead. They led 13-9 after the first quarter.
Vater opened the second quarter scoring with a basket, but three straight baskets by Hastings made it 19-11. Beatrice scored six of the game’s next eight points thanks to baskets from Jurgens and Vater and two free throws by Bennett Crandall, but a three pointer by Hastings made it 24-17 at half time.
Beatrice owned the third quarter, outscoring Hastings 24-13 to take a 41-37 lead in the game. Murphy, Crandall, Jurgens, Vater, Bayless and Devin Smith all had points in the quarter.
It was Hastings that dominated the fourth quarter, though. They outscored Beatrice 27-11 to win the game 64-52.
Vater had 16 points for Beatrice while Jurgens had 12, Crandall had nine, Murphy had five, Bayless had four, Smith had three and Mahoney had two.
2008 State Champs return to the Ozone
The 2008 Beatrice boys Class B State Championship team returned to Beatrice High School to be honored Friday night.
Members who returned were honored between the girls and boys basketball games against Hastings in the Ozone.
The 2008 team won their district and opened the state tournament against York and defeated the Dukes 48-40. In the semifinals, they defeated Gretna 40-37, setting up a state championship game against Elkhorn.
The Orangemen were able to finish it off with a 39-36 win over the Antlers. They finished the season with a 23-3 record.
Key members of that team included Mike Fox and Trevor Menke, both of whom went on to play basketball at the University of Nebraska.
Other members that suited up for state were Jesse Genrich, Zach Ruiz, Justin Wittler, Ben Murphy, Jimmy Higgins, Devon Meyer, Grant Smith, Lucas Laflin, Ethan Schlueter, Tommie Bardsley, Austin Niedfeldt and Kyle Nienaber.
Jim Weeks was the head coach and he was assisted by Ben Essam, Arnie Cerny, Jeff Junker, Jim Edwards and Travis Clark.
“Those seniors were 2-7 when they were freshmen, but they were committed and they just bought into what we coaches wanted them to do,” Weeks said. “And they were just tougher than nails. They just had a sense of toughness.”
Weeks said there was three “monster plays” in that state championship game, including Justin Wittler going 5 of 5 from the free throw line. The second was Zach Ruiz getting an offensive rebound with about 20 seconds left and getting fouled. He made both free throws to put the Orangemen up one.
The third was on the defensive end when Jesse Genrich got a steal from Elkhorn’s 6 foot 8 leading scorer. Genrich secured the ball and called a timeout and Beatrice would win the state championship.
It was Beatrice’s seventh state championship in school history. The Orangemen haven’t won state since that year. The other state championships were in 1911, 1916, 1924, 1959, 1998 and 2005