There's no rest for High Plains, which follows up winning a matchup of preseason No. 1 teams on Friday with Tuesday night's game at Class C-2 No. 2 Sutton.
The Storm, who started the season at No. 1 in Class D-1 after going 18-9 with a state tournament appearance last season, had three double-digit scorers in their 50-37 home win over Giltner. The loss snapped a 32-game winning streak for the Hornets, who are the two-time defending Class D-2 state champions.
Sutton (1-0) was No. 2 in last season's final ratings. The Mustangs, like Giltner, were an undefeated state champion in football. High Plains didn't go as deep into the football playoffs, losing at eventual Eight Man-1 runner-up Exeter-Milligan in the quarterfinals.
“There's not much time to think about the Giltner win,” High Plains coach Cameron Hudson said Monday. “Sutton will be a good challenge.”
Against Giltner, Logan Engel had 14 points to lead the Storm. Dylan Shenk had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Logan Fleming 12 points.
“It probably wasn't the prettiest basketball game,” Hudson said. “You had two teams play hard and two teams with good athletes. We were able to do a few things at the end of the first half and at the end of the third quarter that gave us a lead, and we were able to finish it off.”
Cole Klingsporn and Alex Bender are the other two returning starters for High Plains, which used 10 players in its season opener. The team includes two transfers from Hampton, Ben Nunnenkamp and Mitchell Fagan.
“Our starting five, that's a pretty solid group,” Hudson said. “We knew early on we'll rely heavily on them, but as we go into the season we'd like to stretch the bench out a bit.”
A limited return
Norfolk Lutheran Northeast, the preseason No. 1 in Class C-2 boys, is hoping for the best for 6-4 senior Mitch Knobbe in his comeback from major reconstructive surgery on his back in May.
Eagles coach Greg Rathke said Knobbe, who received some injections last week, sat out the opening-night win over Emerson-Hubbard and gave his team 14 points and seven rebounds in limited minutes Saturday in a 55-38 win over West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic for the championship of the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic.
“He's such a special kid,” Rathke said. “Even with all of what has happened to him, he spends countless hours working with junior high kids on his own time on their skill development, just like his dad did for him for many, many years. Incredible maturity.”
Prep loses center
Omaha Creighton Prep has lost 6-foot-6 senior Will Kathrein for the season with a torn ACL.
“He was in open gym and went up for a layup, and (the injury) happened when he came down,” Prep coach Josh Luedtke said. “No one was around him.”
On the positive side for the Junior Jays (1-1) was the early play of 6-4 freshman Drew Homa as a starter.
“He's calm, cool and collected,” Luedtke said. “That's why he's playing.”
Chieftains net win
Bellevue East's girls basketball team opened the season in style, defeating one of the top teams in Iowa.
The Chieftains, ranked No. 4 in the Nebraska Top 10, posted a 78-57 road win over Sioux City Heelan on Saturday. It was the second straight year that Bellevue East has defeated the Crusaders, ranked No. 1 in Iowa Class 4-A.
Amaun Frazier scored 19 points to lead Bellevue East while Haley Ourada added 16.
Benson's Kentch out
Omaha Benson's girls basketball season took a turn for the worse before the first game was even played.
The Bunnies (1-1) lost junior forward Zabrina Kentch to a season-ending knee injury a few days before the opener. Kentch averaged 12 points last season as a sophomore.
She suffered the injury while shooting a layup in practice.
— Stu Pospisil and Mike Patterson