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The Neligh-Oakdale teams split their road games with CWC in Chambers on Friday night.
The Lady Warriors (5-16) fell, 50-25, while the N-O boys improved to 17-6 on the season with a 45-29 win.
In the girls matchup, Paige Furstenau tied it up at 2-all when she went perfect from the line. CWC went on an 8-0 run before Brooke Frey nailed a trey. The Renegades picked up some more momentum at the end of the first to lead 17-5. Layups by Haley Kerkman, Frey and Furstenau closed the gap to seven, but the Renegades went on another small run. Frey hit a jumper with about 3:00 left in the half, rounding out the scoring for N-O. CWC took a 29-13 advantage into the break.
The Renegades stretched their lead to 10 as Frey scored the only points in the third on a wide-open layup after N-O broke the pesky CWC full-court press. In the fourth quarter, the Lady Warriors put together their best offensive effort of the game with Trinity Kurpgeweit scoring on a jumper and a free throw, Kerkman driving in for another layup, Frey drilling a triple and Furstenau going 2-2 at the charity stripe.
Frey led the team with 12 points, followed by Furstenau with 6, Kerkman 4 and Kurpgeweit 3.
Coach Christy Knutson said she saw some good things from her team in the competition.
"These girls started out learning all new offenses, all new defense, fast break, everything that we've been working with," she said. "They put it together really well tonight. These (CWC) girls are very competitive and it was hard to do what we needed to do, but I saw things that if we would've done that a few games ago, we would've been just fine."
Knutson said her team is "making strides" as they head into postseason play.
"We're doing the things that we've been practicing," she said. "They come to practice every night and they give us 110 percent, so it's going to pay off, it's just a matter of time."
The Lady Warriors will face EPPJ in their first D1-7 subdistrict game on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Tip off is set for 7:45 p.m. in Battle Creek.
In the boys game, the Warriors came out firing as Austin Rice netted a jumper, Isiac Kurpgeweit poured in three buckets, Cole Belitz cruised in for a pair of layups, Hunter Charf drained a triple and Beau Murray hit from behind the arc and sprinted down the court for a layup. N-O held a 20-12 lead after the first 8 minutes. The Warriors only added seven in the second with a Garret Belitz trey, Kurpgeweit bunny and Murray layup; however, they were able to hold their opponent to just six for a 27-18 halftime lead.
Buckets were hard to come by in the second half as well. In the third, Kurpgeweit added two field goals and went 1-2 from the line. Rice connected on a bunny and Cole Belitz hit two free throws for a 36-24 advantage. The final quarter recorded a triple from Julien Hearn, followed by two freebies and a jumper from Kurpgeweit and a Cole Belitz layup.
Kurpgeweit led the Warriors with 17 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Cole Belitz with 8 counters and 6 steals; Murray 7 points; Rice 4 and Charf, Hearn and Garret Belitz 3 apiece.
"They found the open holes and I just happened to be there," Kurpgeweit said. "We moved the ball around well and got it inside."
Coach Ethan Larsen said a lot of N-O's shots just weren't falling, but he credits his players for working hard to get the win.
"Isiac Kurpgeweit had a nice night with 17 points, and other than that, we were pretty balanced," he said. "We didn't hit some shots tonight that we normally hit, so I would have to say it was an ugly win, but sometimes it's important to keep the perspective that even though it was ugly, a win is a win."
Larsen said it's nice having some extra time to prepare before their next game. The boys will travel to Niobrara next Friday for their final regular season game and subdistricts will begin the following week.
"Since January, it seems like we've have three games a week and we've had some stretches where we've had five games in seven days," he said. "Having this time gives us lots of opportunities to prepare to focus on the details and fine tune things. Hopefully we can go into Niobrara next Friday and come in with an improved product and really set the stage for us going into subdistricts."
Kurpgeweit said the team hopes to step up their game as the season winds down.
"Hopefully we got all the uglies out tonight, and we're ready for next week and districts," he said. "We'll just go to practice and work hard."