HARRISBURG — Sam Schumacher buried four 3-pointers on his way to scoring 20 points as the No. 7-ranked Leyton boys basketball team (Omaha World-Herald) cruised past a young but improving Banner County squad 68-40 Friday night.
Leyton buried seven treys as a team and used a 21-point first-half run to open up a tight contest.
Leyton coach Gary Oltmann said his team played all right.
“We didn’t do a real great job of boxing out. We passed the ball well and were looking for open people, but we sometimes over passed. We were also weak at hitting the boards,” Oltmann said. “They did a better job on the boards. Maybe we were looking a little bit to [tonight] when we play at Hemingford; last year they got us by one in triple overtime. We have to play better [today], and we have to play a complete game. We didn’t play a complete game tonight.”
Banner County coach Jim Wyatt said the Leyton’s first half-run was the difference.
“Leyton got the runs. And for a young team, we do so well, and then it seems if we make a bad pass, that bad pass turns into two or three more, and it escalates on the bad side of us,” Wyatt said. “They are a really tough team to play, [but] our kids did so many good things. They learned a ton tonight.
Wyatt said his team will grow from the experience.
“We learn every game,” he said. “There were so many positive things to build off of tonight because they did so many things well. The best thing is the kids know what they did right, and they know what they did wrong. When you can play with a team that is rated in state and you have young kids, that is an accomplishment.”
Leyton started strongly by jumping out to an 11-3 lead only to watch Banner County’s Mike McKown nail five points to slice the lead to 11-10. That was when Leyton started the 21-point run as it led 20-10 after one period and led 32-10 before Banner County’s Ben Hostetler scored with 2:37 left. Leyton led at halftime 32-18.
Both teams played tight in the second half. The Wildcats sliced the lead to 35-23 before Leyton went on a 6-0 run that included an under-handed driving bucket by Dylan Brenner. After a 3-pointer by Banner County’s Hostetler, Leyton went on a 12-0 run, including five points from Brennen Cruise, to double-up the Wildcats 52-26.
After that, both teams traded buckets the rest of the game.
Leyton also received a double-figure performance from Cruise, who had 19 points.
Banner County had two players net double figures. McKown finished with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, while Hostetler had 12.
Leyton will be back in action today when it faces Hemingford, while Banner County travels to Creek Valley.
Leyton girls top Banner County
The Leyton girls’ depth and height were major factors in the game Friday night as the Warriors rolled to a 52-4 win over Banner County.
Leyton held a 13-0 lead after one period and led 18-0 before Banner County freshman Taylor Evans nailed two free throws with 5:32 to play in the second quarter. Leyton led at halftime 28-2.
The Warriors, who also are a young team with just one senior, led 43-2 after three periods. Banner County’s lone field goal came to open the fourth period as Amanda Harrison stole the ball and fed junior Ashlynne Haman with the nice pass for the driving layup.
Leyton was paced by Rachael Ernest with 13 points while Tessa Lukesh had 12. Kaitlyn Berner added eight points, while Dani McKay had seven and Katy Ernest had six.
Despite the lopsided score, the Wildcats played tough throughout. Although they managed just four points, they pulled down plenty of rebounds. Ashlynne Hanan and Paige Cross each had six boards, while Amanda Harrison had five, Taylor Evans had four, and Dalle Rutledge had three.
Leyton ................... 13 15 15 9 — 52
Banner County ................ 0 2 0 2 — 4
L: Jessica Houk 2, Kelsey Waite 4, Rachael Ernest 13, Kaitlyn Berner 8, Tassa Lukesh 12, Sani McKay 7, Katy Ernest 6.
B: Taylor Evans 2, Ashlynne Hanan 2.
Leyton ................ 20 12 20 16 — 68
Banner County .................. 10 8 10 12 — 40.
L: Alex W. Frerichs 4, Josh Reimers 5, Sam Schumacher 20, Dylan Brenner 9, Brennen Cruise 19, Jamesa Rushman 3, Cody McKay 4, David Blanke 4.
B: Mike McKown 14, Kaden Huber 3, Tyson Dahlgrin 8, Ben Hostetler 12, Brenton Soule 3.