Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:08 am
Cardinals edge Stars

DONIPHAN — The Class C-2, No. 9 Doniphan-Trumbull boys basketball team got through its tough 10-day schedule.

The Cardinals went 5-1 during the stretch, and finished it with a hard-fought 43-39 victory over Kearney Catholic Tuesday night.

Doniphan-Trumbull posted tough victories over Ravenna (43-40), Grand Island Central Catholic (51-49) and Adams Central (47-42) and lost to Gibbon (57-42) last Friday before Tuesday's victory.

Cardinal coach Steve Hartman said he knew the Stars were going to be another tough team to beat.

"Tonight was another slugfest, and I knew it was going to be like that," Hartman said. "Kearney Catholic is very athletic and they did defended the heck out of us. I'm proud of our kids for the way they battled"

In a game that was very physical on both ends on the floor, Doniphan-Trumbull looked like it was going to pull away in the fourth quarter after leading 35-31. After a Matt Moore three-point play brought the Stars to within one. Creighton Buhr, who led all scorers with 18 points and 11 rebounds, scored on back-to-back possessions, one on a putback and one on a pass from Riley Wiltfong, to go up 39-34.
One possession later, Lorenzo Williams found Jordan Slough all alone underneath for a layup.

"I thought the kids did a nice job being patient in the fourth quarter, getting the looks they need," Hartman said.

But Kearney Catholic didn't go away quietly. Derek Jackson scored the next five points, including a three-point play that brought the Stars to within 41-39 with 1 minute, 17 seconds left.

Doniphan-Trumbull didn't help itself in the next minute in missing two 1-and-1 free throws. However, the Stars could not get the basket they needed as Tyler Mestl's 3-pointer with two seconds left was off the mark. Buhr nailed two free throws to put the game away.

Kearney Catholic coach Scott Carlin said the Stars were trying to run a play to Brady Holtmeier, who had a team-high 12 points. Unfortunately, right after he called the timeout to set up the final play, Holtmeier nailed a 3-pointer which didn't count because of the timeout.

"I thought we could get Tyler open and then throw a pass to Brady Holtmeier because we thought they might overstep and he might be able to nail down a 3-pointer and I was probably not smart calling that timeout," he said. "Tyler probably didn't think there was as much time as he thought, and that probably comes with experience, as he is a sophomore and he'll learn from it."

Carlin said it did hurt the Stars a bit when Blake Holtmeier fouled out late in the game as he is the tallest Kearney Catholic player at 6-foot-2. He added that he was pleased with the Stars battling against a taller Cardinal team with Buhr (6-5) and Grady Koch (6-5).

"It changed dramatically because Blake is not only our big guy, but probably the best athlete on the floor," Carlin said. "But the kids kept battling all night long and never gave up."

Hartman said he's pleased to finish the tough stretch 5-1.

"Of course, you would like to go undefeated but I'll take going 5-1," Hartman said. "This is more than what kids should have and it's probably tougher than a NBA schedule with what we've been through. We survived all that in a 10-day period."

Doniphan-Trumbull finishes the week with Thayer Central Thursday and Superior Friday.

Doniphan-Trumbull 43, Kearney Catholic 39


Moore 2-5 1-2 5, James 0-1 0-0 0, Howe 0-2 0-0 0, Mestl 2-7 2-2 7, Bl. Holtmeier 1-7 1-3 3, D. Jackson 2-7 1-1 5, Z. Jackson 2-5 2-2 7, Br. Holtmeier 4-10 4-4 12, Pearse 0-4 0-2 0. Totals 13-48 11-16 39


Keller 0-5 0-0 0, Slough 1-6 0-2 2, Buhr 7-13 4-9 18, Williams 2-7 0-2 4, Sawyers 0-1 0-0 0, Koch 3-4 1-3 7, Wiltfong 4-7 0-0 12, Tobin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-43 5-16 43.

Kearney Catholic 11 9 11 8—39
Doniphan-Trumbull 15 6 12 10—43

3-point goals—Doniphan-Trumbull 4-12 (Wiltfong 4-5, Keller 0-1, Slough 0-1, Buhr 0-1, Williams 0-3, Sawyers 0-1). Kearney Catholic 2-14 (Mestl 1-5, Z. Jackson 1-3, Br. Holtmeier 0-2, D. Jackson 0-1, Pearse 0-1, James 0-1, Howe 0-1). Fouled out—B. Holtmeier. Rebounds—Doniphan-Trumbull 35 (Buhr 11). Kearney Catholic 34 (Bl. Holtmeier 11). Turnovers—Doniphan-Trumbull 11, Kearney Catholic 7. Total fouls—Doniphan-Trumbull 16, Kearney Catholic 18. Technicals—None.

Kearney Catholic girls 67, Doniphan-Trumbull 28

The Doniphan-Trumbull girls basketball team ran into a Kearney Catholic team that could almost do no wrong.

The Class C-1, No. 2 Stars improved to 16-0 behind 10 3-pointers, while shooting 25-of-52 (48 percent) overall from the floor in taking a 67-28 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday.

Kearney Catholic hit eight 3s in the first half to help take a 53-18 lead into the locker room. The Stars also outrebounded Doniphan-Trumbull 39-18 with about 16 being offensive. Allie Prososki led the way with 14 points, while Morgan Stute added 12.

Kaylee Glover led Doniphan-Trumbull with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Emma Groshans and Jordyn Brummund each added seven.

Kearney Catholic 67, Doniphan-Trumbull 28


Conner 2-4 2-2 6, Streit 1-4 0-2 2, Prososki 5-9 1-2 14, Colling 3-3 0-0 7, Stute 3-3 3-4 12, K. Thiele 2-8 1-2 6, Beck 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-3 0-0 0, M. Thiele 1-4 0-0 3, M. Squiers 1-4 0-2 3, A. Squiers 3-4 0-1 6, Shundoff 1-2 0-0 2, Long 3-3 0-2 6. Totals 25-52 7-17 67.


Groshans 2-8 2-7 7, Hinrichs 1-4 0-0 2, Brummund 2-8 2-3 7, Mazour 1-5 0-1 2, Glover 4-9 2-2 10, Rash 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 10-36 6-13 28

Kearney Catholic 25 28 7 7—67
Doniphan-Trumbull 6 12 5 5—28

3-point goals—Doniphan-Trumbull 2-9 (Groshans 1-5, Brummund 1-3, Hinrichs 0-1). Kearney Catholic 10-28 (Prososki 3-6, Stute 3-3, Colling 1-1, K. Thiele 1-6, M. Thiele 1-4, M. Squiers 1-2, Conner 0-1, Streit 0-3, Smith 0-2. Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Doniphan-Trumbull 18 (Glover 7), Kearney Catholic 39 (A. Squiers 7). Turnovers—Doniphan-Trumbull 22, Kearney Catholic 12. Total fouls—Doniphan-Trumbull 11, Kearney Catholic 17. Technicals—None.

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