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Jeffs Fall Eight Points Short In C1-1 District Final

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Fairbury couldn't find its groove at the start against a full court man-to-man pressure by Lincoln Christian.

In the end, the Jeffs couldn't overcome their slow start in the opening quarter, but gave Lincoln Christian everything they wanted before falling to the Crusaders, 53-45 in the C1-1 District Final played Monday evening at the Haddix Center on the campus of Doane College in Crete.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Fairbury.

Last year, Lincoln Christian won the Class C-2 state basketball championship.

Lincoln Christian used a full court man-to-man pressure defense, coupled with stellar shooting to open an 11-0 lead with 2:26 left in the first quarter.

Tue
28
Feb
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Jeffs Fall Eight Points Short In C1-1 District Final

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Fairbury couldn't find its groove at the start against a full court man-to-man pressure by Lincoln Christian.

In the end, the Jeffs couldn't overcome their slow start in the opening quarter, but gave Lincoln Christian everything they wanted before falling to the Crusaders, 53-45 in the C1-1 District Final played Monday evening at the Haddix Center on the campus of Doane College in Crete.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Fairbury.

Last year, Lincoln Christian won the Class C-2 state basketball championship.

Lincoln Christian used a full court man-to-man pressure defense, coupled with stellar shooting to open an 11-0 lead with 2:26 left in the first quarter.

Tue
28
Feb
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Tri County Rallies In Fourth Quarter To Defeat Freeman

For three quarters, Tri County's offense could only score single digits against Freeman.

That all changed in the fourth quarter, as the Trojans seized control with a 9-0 run to begin the quarter enroute to a 50-40 victory against Freeman in first-round action of the C2-1 Boys SubDistrict Basketball Tournament played last Tuesday evening at the O Zone at Beatrice High School.

In the beginning, Tri County held a slim, 8-7 lead on Freeman after one quarter.

Freeman's offense got rolling in the second quarter tallying 15 points, while limiting Tri County's offense to just nine points, as the Falcons grabbed a 22-17 lead at half.

In a low-scoring third quarter, Tri County cut the deficit to three points, 28-25 by outscoring the Falcons, 8-6.

The fourth quarter belonged to the Trojans, as the squad doubled their scoring output of the first three quarters.

Tue
28
Feb
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Jeffs Win In Overtime On Last-Second Basket

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Fairbury didn't make every shot, but they made the ones that counted in crunchtime.

The Jeffs' Clay Medina came through twice in the clutch, nailing a last-second three-point hoop to send the game to overtime, and then he delivered on a four-point play with seven seconds on the clock left in overtime to lift Fairbury to a 46-44 win over Wilber-Clatonia last Thursday evening in the C1-2 SubDistrict Basketball Final played at Seward High School.

"We made some huge plays in the game. Clay Medina made a huge three pointer at the end of the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime, and then he made a big four-point play when he got fouled shooting a three which gave us a two-point lead," Fairbury Jeffs coach Erik Kohl remarked.

Tue
28
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Slow Start Derails Meridian In SubDistrict Final

The third time wasn't in Meridian's favor.

Last Thursday night, Meridian battled Hampton for the third time this season on the hardwood.

This time it was in the D2-2 SubDistrict Basketball Tournament final played at Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School.

Hampton jumped out to an 18-2 lead and withstood a late rally by the Mustangs to post a 54-43 win.

The two teams had split their previous two regular season matchups with Hampton winning on its home court Jan. 20th, 64-51, and Meridian defeating Hampton in Crossroads Conference Tournament play, 59-56.

Meridian struggled with its shooting in the first quarter going 0-13 on its field goal attempts.

As a result, Hampton stormed out to a 14-2 first quarter advantage.

Tue
28
Feb
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Exeter-Milligan's Hot Shooting Ends Diller-Odell's Season

After a well played first half between Diller-Odell and Exeter-Milligan, the Timberwolves rallied on hot shooting and a relentless press in the third quarter to pull away for a 64-46 win in first-round play in the D1-1 Boys SubDistrict Basketball Tournament played last Tuesday night at Wilber-Clatonia High School.

Exeter-Milligan maintained an 18-16 first quarter lead with Jalen Maxson leading the Timberwolves scoring six points.

Kolin Scheele paced five cagers scoring for Diller-Odell with six points in the opening quarter.

The Timberwolves outscored the Griffins, 9-8 in the second quarter to maintain a 27-24 lead at half.

Six separate players had the hot hand for Exeter-Milligan in the third quarter, as the Timberwolves' offense exploded for 23 points led by Brady Bristol and Nolan White with six points each.

Tue
28
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Fairbury's Intensity, Defensive Zone Pressure Too Much For State-Rated Milford

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Fairbury took advantage of its 1-3-1 and 2-3 matchup zones to contest shots by the (18-3) Milford Eagles.

The Jeff utilized a superb offensive scheme in the second half to outscore the Eagles, 29-14 enroute to a 50-39 victory in semifinal action last Tuesday at Seward High School in the C1-2 SubDistrict Basketball Tournament.

In Fairbury's second game of the year in December, Milford edged the Jeffs, 60-57 in four overtimes played on Fairbury's home floor

Fairbury jumped out to an 8-4 lead, behind the scoring of Chad Medina, Clay Medina, and Taylor Merchant.

Milford responded with a 12-3 run to seize a 16-11 lead with :23 seconds on the clock.

Tue
28
Feb
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Tri County Legion Baseball Fundraiser

A soup dinner fund-raiser is being held for the Tri County Legion baseball teams.

The event will be held Sunday Mar. 11th at the Plymouth Community Center from 11 a.m.-1p.m.

All proceeds will be used for operating and construction costs of the legion baseball field located ½ mile north of Tri County Public Schools.

Tri County Legion Baseball Organization, Inc. is sponsoring the event.

Donations for this project can be sent to Jeff Reynolds, PO Box 274, Plymouth, NE 68424.

Tue
28
Feb
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Hot Shooting From Free Throw Line By Johnson County Central Ends Tri County's Season

The effort was there for Tri County, but Johnson County Central capitalized off hot shooting from the free throw in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Trojans and claim a 58-45 win in the C2-1 SubDistrict Title game played last Thursday night at Beatrice High School's O Zone.

Johnson County Central built a 12-8 lead after one quarter of play.

Each squad scored 13 points in the second quarter leaving the Thunderbirds with a 25-21 halftime lead.

Late in the third quarter, Tri County tied the game at 31-all on a three-point hoop by Garrett Kowalski.

The Thunderbirds answered back with a two-point basket to conclude the third quarter with a 33-31 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Johnson County Central was able to attack the basket through Tri County's defense, and the Trojans had to either foul or allow the Thunderbirds to score.

Tue
28
Feb
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Fairbury Sets Tempo Early, Dominates Fillmore Central

It was a start of a new season for the Fairbury Jeffs at last Monday's play in game versus Fillmore Central in the C1-2 Subdistrict Boys Basketball Tournament held at Seward High School.

Paced by four players scoring in double figures, Fairbury took down Fillmore Central, 60-32.

The Jeffs wasted no time on taking charge racing out to a 16-0 first quarter lead.

By the end of the first quarter, the Jeffs held a 21-8 lead on the Panthers, led in scoring by Trent Simpson with 10 points.

Fairbury outscored Fillmore Central, 18-13 in the second quarter stretching its lead to 39-21 at half.

In the second half, Fairbury's defense shined forcing Fillmore Central to commit a number of turnovers, and be uncomfortable running their offense.

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