POLK – It’s not very often on the opening weekend the top two teams in Class D-1 and Class D-2 hook up for an early season battle, but such was the case in Polk on Friday night.
The High Plains boys’ basketball team came into its season opener No. 1 team in Class D-1, while the Hornets were ranked the same in Class D-2.
When all was said and done the Hornets 30-game win streak came to an end as the High Plains Storm picked up the 50-37 Crossroads Conference win.
The two teams are likely to hook up one more time as they will be both be part of the CRC Basketball Tournament which takes place in York the week of Jan 19-26 at the York City Auditorium.
The two teams were tied at the end of the first quarter at 9-9, after it looked as if the Storm might be able to go on an early run, jumping to a 7-2 lead.
At the break the Storm led 23-16, but Giltner chipped away at the lead with a 9-6 run in the third to make it 29-25 heading to the final eight minutes.
In the fourth quarter, the Storm opened the double digit lead and down the stretch hit enough free throws to post the 13-point win.
High Plains was led in scoring by Logan Engel with 14. Dylan Shenk chipped in with 13 and Logan Fleming added 12. The Storm was 13-35 from the floor and hit 5-13 behind the arc. At the charity stripe the High Plains boys connected on 19-31 chances.
Giltner was paced in scoring by Dustin Hastings with 12, while Jake Findley and Garrett Poppen both tossed in eight. Giltner was 13-45 from the field, 3-16 from 3-point land and was just eight of 18 from the freebie stripe.
High Plains out-rebounded the Hornets 32-26 as Shenk had 10 to lead the Storm, while Hastings pulled down 12 to pace the Hornets.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Storm on Tuesday night, as they hit the road to take on Class C-2 No. 2 Sutton.
Giltner (1-1) ............. 9 7 9 12—37
High Plains (1-0) ............. 9 14 6 21—50