Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon split a home double header with Sioux Center. Warriors won the girls contest 61-41 and the Orab boys won the nightcap 54-52
Sioux Center started out quickly in the first quarter and would lead at all of the breaks. The warriors put five players in the scorebook in the first quarter led by Tara Horstman’s 10 points and pushing out to a 21-9 advantage after one. The Orabs battled hard in the second quarter but the balanced attack by the Warriors was too much too handle trailing at half 36-20. The Orabs started the third quarter with some scrappy defense and some big shots out scoring Sioux Center 12 – 3 narrowing the Warriors lead to 39-32 forcing them to take a timeout. The Warriors would then score then next five points and lead after three quarters 44-32. Sioux Center would go on to a 61-41 win.
The Warriors were led in double figures by Dana Den Herder’s 12 points followed closely with 11 points from Miah Bleeker. The Orabs were led by Makenna Kleinhesselink’s 9 points.
The Warriors improve to 7 – 4 overall and 6 – 4 in the Siouxland. The Orabs fall to 2 – 9 overall and 2 – 8 in Siouxland play.
The boys contest was an exciting back and forth contest and the Orabs would win at the buzzer 54-52. Sheldon would score the first making a three and Sioux Center would score 9 unanswered forcing the Orabs to take a timeout. The two teams would battle back and forth, and Sioux Center would lead after one 18 – 11. The Orabs would change up there defense to a 2 – 3 zone and would create some havoc for the Warriors, The Orabs defense forced some turnovers and would go on a 11 – 2 run by the three minute mark and take a 22 – 20 lead and hang on for a 25-24 lead at intermission. The two teams would battle back and forth in the third and Sheldon hung on to the one-point lead 39 – 38 after three. The fourth quarter was still a back and forth battle with several lead changes down the stretch. The slugfest continued until the final buzzer. Christian Vietor would drain a three from the right corner with 2.8 seconds left giving the Warriors a one-point lead. The Orabs took a timeout to draw up the last play. The Orabs threw the inbound pass to mid court and would then pass to an open Tye Sudbeck from the right side of the arc to drain a game winning three as the buzzer sounded and the Orabs would pull out the W 54-52.
The Orabs had four players in double figures led by 12 points from Mitchel Wolf, followed by 11 apiece from Jordan Jefferies and Tye Sudbeck. Shane Brouwer played some great minutes off the bench and ended the night with 10 points. The Warriors had two players in double figures with 13 apiece for Matthew Bomgaars and Wilson Harshbarger.
The Orabs improved to 3 – 7 overall and 3 – 6 in the Siouxland. The Warriors fell to 2 – 8 overall and 2 – 7 in the Conference.
Next up the for Orabs is trip to Hartley on Monday to take on HMS and the Warriors will host Cherokee on Tuesday night.