Playing its third game in a week, the Tri County Lady Trojans came up short Friday evening against (21-3) Sterling.
The Lady Jets were victorious on their home floor, 44-42.
This was the Lady Trojans third single digit contest of the week, as the team had a record of 1-2.
In a competitive first half, Sterling maintained a 27-24 lead at half on Tri County.
Tri County forced a 37-all tie after three quarters, outscoring the Lady Jets, 13-10.
In the decisive fourth quarter, Tri County would be outscored, 7-5.
Halie Meints led the (12-8) Lady Trojans scoring 12 points, Sydney Holtmeier, 10 points, Maci Hicks, eight points, Amber Staroscik, five points, Kayte Rohe, four points, while Brooke Knapp contributed three points.
Aggressive defense in the third quarter sparked Diller-Odell to a come-from-behind, 52-41 home win Friday night versus Friend.
After trailing, 22-19 at half, Diller-Odell relied on a 15-point outburst and stingy defense in the third quarter to grab a 34-26 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
With the lead in hand, the Griffins had the hot hand from the free throw line scoring 12 of their 18 fourth quarter points to seal the win.
"Defense was the difference in the third quarter," Diller-Odell Griffins coach Eric McMurray said.
"Our guys really clamped down on defense after halftime," McMurray remarked.
Kolin Scheele paced the Griffins with a game-high 21 points, Conner Pahl, 10 points, Steven Kostal, six points, Alek Klepper, five points, Derrick Meyer, four points, while Brandon Kostal, Zach Hajek, and Cole Weers scored two points each.
A quick start in the first half sparked Freeman over Tri County, 55-38 played last Thursday on the Trojans' home floor.
The visiting (16-6) Falcons opened a 14-4 lead after one quarter, and maintained the upperhand in the second quarter by outscoring the Trojans, 14-9 to leave the court at half with a 28-13 lead.
Tri County's offense awoke and tallied 12 third quarter points, but could only cut the deficit by two points, 38-25.
In the fourth quarter, Freeman took charge sealing the win by outscoring Tri County, 17-13.
Tri County (11-8) was led in scoring by Samuel Hahn with 11 points, Garrett Kowalski, eight points, Kyle Riesen, seven points, Garrett Freese, six points, Kyle Thernes, four points, and Austin Kruse scored two points.
In its final home doubleheader, the Meridian Lady Mustangs and Mustangs dropped a pair of home contests last Thursday night versus Friend.
The Lady Bulldogs (19-3) raced out to an 18-7 first quarter lead and cruised to a 57-37 win over the Lady Mustangs.
Friend benefitted from an aggressive defense that caused Meridian to commit 32 turnovers in the game.
With Friend maintaining a 36-15 halftime lead, Meridian had its best quarter of the game in the third, as the Lady Mustangs tallied 17 points from five different players, led by Blair Hofstetter, scoring six points.
Both squads combined to score 12 points in the fourth quarter with Friend holding a 7-5 scoring advantage.
For the game, Meridian shot 31 percent on its field goal attempts, and were just 10-24 at the free throw line for 41.7 percent.
Facing a share of fierce competition Tri County's wrestling team came away with a fifth place finish at last weekend's C-1 District meet held at Malcolm High School.
Wilber-Clatonia claimed the district title, amassing 144.50 points, while Arlington took runner-up honors with 134.50 points.
The Trojans scored 104 points to finish fifth along with qualifying four wrestlers for this week's state wrestling championships.
State qualifiers for the Trojans include freshman Kasey Mullen, fourth, 106 pounds, senior Taylor Summers, district champion, 120 pounds, senior Ryan Pinkerton, fourth, 138 pounds, and senior Zach Schuerman, district champion, 152 pounds.
Mullen lost his consolation final by major decision, 14-0 to Wilber-Clatonia's Wesely Pomajzl.
Summers won his finals match by technical fall, 18-3 over Conestoga's Mitch Kliegl.
Strong starts along with stellar defensive intensity helped boost the Diller-Odell Lady Griffins and Griffins to a road doubleheader sweep last Tuesday in Lincoln versus College View Academy.
In the girls game, the Lady Griffins raced out to an 8-0 lead enroute to a 40-35 win over the Lady Eagles.
Diller-Odell continued to outscore College View Academy in the second and third quarters stretching its lead to 34-20 heading to the fourth quarter.
In the pivotal fourth quarter, Diller-Odell was able to hold off a College View run, despite being outscored, 15-6 to claim its 11th win on the season.
Delanie Vitosh led the (11-6) Lady Griffins with seven points scored, Sarah Schmidt, Erin Saathoff, and Falisatey Novotny, six points each, Taylor Rupprecht, five points, Stacy Grabowski, four points, while Andrea McMurray, Andrea Zarybnicky, and Kelsey Hajek tallied two points apiece.
It was rugged and tough two days of competition on the mats for the Meridian Mustangs wrestlers, however the outcome was the worth the pain and sweat.
In the end, Meridian qualified its most wrestlers since 1980, as five grapplers punched their ticket to the state wrestling meet.
Meridian competing in the D-1 District held last weekend at Central Community College-Platte Campus in Columbus racked up 93 points to place sixth out of 17 teams with Freeman winning the district championship, scoring 125 points.
State qualifiers for Meridian include freshman Liam Noel, third, 106 pounds, freshman Lupe Dimas, third, 113 pounds, sophomore Riley Noel, second, 152 pounds, senior Brant Stewart, second, 182 pounds, and sophomore Bryce Schweer, third, 285 pounds.
Liam Noel won his consolation final by decision, 4-0 over Weeping Water's Hadley McDaniel.
In their final home dual of the season, the Beatrice/Fairbury/Norris swimming and diving teams swept visiting Omaha Browell-Talbot, Omaha-Concordia/Omaha Mercy/Omaha Roncalli.
The local co-op teams competed last Tuesday evening at the Beatrice YMCA.
Beatrice/Fairbury/Norris girls team was victorious in their dual, 162-60, and the boys won its dual by a score of 98-81.
Individual results turned in by Fairbury competitors on the girls side were Mikaela Schroeder, 200 freestyle, fourth, 2:46.15, Jenna Christiansen, 100 butterfly, first, 1:15.51, and Cheza Troxel, diving, second, 143.50 points, and Shianne Thompson, diving, third with 140.35 points.