Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:50 am
basketball
Bluehawks knock off Patriots

HASTINGS — Adams Central sophomore Garrett Sittner almost shot the Patriots to an upset over Class C-2 No. 1 Hastings St. Cecilia.

But St. Cecilia got 23 points from sophomore Zach Kitten, including 16 in the second half, as the Bluehawks held on for a 67-59 victory Tuesday night at Adams Central High School.

Kitten, a 6-foot-4 post player, scored almost all of his points in the lane.

"They played small," Kitten said. "They went to four guards and one post, so coach was trying to get us bigger and we started getting mismatches inside. Our guards did a good job finding me and Thom (Skoch) and all the other posts."

Skoch, a 6-4 senior, had 11 points in the second half and 13 for the game. St. Cecilia sophomore Brooks Asher hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points for the Bluehawks.

Adams Central coach Zac Foster said 14 offensive rebounds by St. Cecilia (16-4) was the key to the game.

"Everybody talks about Asher and how good he is and (Alex) Sheehy are, but Skoch and Kitten are the unsung heroes of that team," Foster said. "They’re very, very good. Those guys really stepped up and kind of put their team on their backs I thought."

Kitten had the biggest offensive rebound with 48 seconds left in the game. His putback basket gave St. Cecilia a 63-59 lead and helped put the game away.

"I thought our post play was excellent," St. Cecilia coach Kevin Asher said. "I thought we missed a few in the first and that didn’t give us a good separation. In the second half, Zach Kitten kind of went to work down low. He’s a pretty tough sophomore for where he’s at in his career."

Sittner is a pretty tough sophomore too. The 6-1 guard scored 29 points. He hit eight 3-pointers in the game, including a string of four in three-minute span that got the Patriots (12-10) back into the game.

St. Cecilia took a 50-39 lead on a basket by Kitten with two minutes left in the third quarter. Sittner hit two 3-pointers in the final minute of the quarter to cut that lead to 50-45 going into the fourth quarter.

With 6:05 left on the clock, he hit another 3, was fouled and nailed the free throw to pull the Patriots to within a point at 52-51. About 30 seconds later, he hit another to give Adams Central a 54-52 lead.

"He put us on our back and really stepped up tonight," Foster said. "He’s a great shooter. He’s struggled at times this year, but he has that kind of potential, that kind of ability, and we needed him tonight. He got us going."

Kevin Asher said he saw that from Sittner last year when he had a bunch of 3s in a freshman game against St. Cecilia.

"Tonight it looked like the same kid I saw last year, just in a varsity uniform," Asher said. "That’s what type of team they have. They have excellent shooters. To shut every one of them down was going to be impossible, so we thought we could take our chances. He was the guy who got hot tonight and the rest of them I thought we did a pretty good job on."

St. Cecilia responded after Sittner’s run. Skoch hit a 3-pointer of his own, then Kitten and Skoch scored on back-to-back putbacks for a 63-59 lead.

The game was pretty much what Foster expected.

"We expected it to be a game like this," Foster said. "We thought we could play with them. I respected our kids a great deal because there were a couple of times they made runs and we always responded.


Hastings SC 67, Adams Central 59

HASTINGS SC (16-4)

Sealey 1-2 0-0 2, Asher 7-11 4-4 23, Kitten 10-14 2-3 23, Skoch 6-11 1-3 13, Teano 1-3 0-1 2, Howell 2-3 0-0 4, Boyd 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-51 7-11 67.

ADAMS CENTRAL (12-10)

Sittner 10-17 1-1 29, Bohlen 2-70-0 4, Wormstadt 2-8 1-2 7, Anderson 4-7 2-2 12, E. Lindblad 2-11 0-0 5, Niederklein 0-0 0-0 0, Keller 1-1 0-0 2, Pleak 0-0 0-0 0, S. Lindblad 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-51 5-5 59.

Hastings SC 19 12 19 17—67
Adams Central 18 11 16 14—59

3-point goals — Hastings SC 6-19 (Asher 5-11, Skoch 1-1, Boyd 0-1, Teano 0-1, Sealey 0-2, Sheehy 0-4). Adams Central 12-29 (Sittner 8-13, Anderson 2-4, E. Lindblad 1-2, Wormstadt 1-6, Bohlen 0-4). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Hastings SC 34 (Skoch 10). Adams Central 24 (E. Lindblad 7). Turnovers — Hastings SC 6, Adams Central 10. Total fouls — Hastings SC 13, Adams Central 14. Technicals — None.


GIRLS

Hastings SC 60, Adams Central 44

Class C-2 No. 3 Hastings St. Cecilia ended up with a 60-44 victory over Adams Central, but it was tougher than the score might indicate.

The game was tied at 32 early in the second half before the Hawkettes (17-3) took control with a 16-2 run.

Adams Central (9-13) was within a point at 30-29 at the half, but St. Cecilia had been in similar situations.

"In our conference tournament we were down seven to Bishop," St. Cecilia coach Jahn Kile said. "I said (Tuesday), ‘We’re not going to panic. We have to do better on defense.’ Give them credit they shot the ball well in the first half."

The Hawkettes took control behind the shooting of sophomore Shandra Farmer who had 15 of her game-high 24 points in the second half.

"I think what happened in the second half was we had some kids get kind of tired and miss some assignments on the zone," Adams Central coach Tim Marker said. "Shandra hit some big shots at the top of the key. She played big and had 15 in the second half."

Junior Clare Hamburger had 23 points for as the Hawkettes relied on the 1-2 punch of Farmer and Hamburger.

"We shot the ball pretty well the first half," Kile said. "We banked in a couple of 3s that didn’t hurt. But defensively we gave up 14 in the second half. That was kind of the difference."

Brittani Wiseman led Adams Central with 11 points and Josei Bumgardner added 10.

Marker said except for a blowout loss to Kearney Catholic, the Patriots have played well of late.

"That’s the way we’ve been playing the last few weeks, other than the Kearney Catholic game," Marker said. "We were really intimidated in that situation. Our girls have played really hard the last several weeks. They know we’ve been beat up. People have just kind of found their spots and they’ve been playing really hard."


Hastings SC 60, Adams Central 44

Hastings SC (17-3) 19 11 18 12—60
Adams Central (9-13) 10 19 6 9—44

HASTINGS SC — Hamburger 23, Farmer 24, Wright 7, Nikkila 3, Skoch 2.

ADAMS CENTRAL — Keller 2, Wiseman 11, Gangwish 3, Bumgardner 10, Bredenkamp 7, Grimmett 8, Bostock 2, Fleischer 1.

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