Joe Matt

Joe Matt, center, boxes out a Gering player during the Western Conference Tournament.

Photo courtesy of Scottsbluff Star-Herald

The Chadron Cardinal girls emerged from this weekend’s basketball tournament in Scott’s Bluff County with two wins and a loss, one more win than the boys, who went 1-2.

Were it not for some near misses with less than ten seconds left in their final game against Gering, both groups would have finished with a pair of wins. Chadron kept the score close with Gering, eventually taking the lead late in the game on a pair of back to back three-pointers, but a Gering basket with about ten seconds remaining gave Gering a 45-44 lead which the Cardinals couldn’t best despite three opportunities to do so in the waning seconds of the game.

The Cardinal boys’ first loss of the tournament came against Sterling in the first round. Sterling, who defeated the Cards 68-36, was the eventual winner of the tournament. Chadron’s lone win came in the third round against Mitchell when the Cards were able to dispatch of the Tigers 55-44 to finish seventh place overall.

Chadron sophomore Cooper Heusman had a great start to the season scoring a career-high 21 points on Thursday, then breaking that same record Friday by scoring 22.

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The Cardinal girls got off to an ominious start in the first round on Thursday when they were trounced by eventual tournament champion Mitchell 60-19. The team would bounce back in the second round, defeating Greeley West 50-34 on the strength of a 12-0 third quarter.

A third round 56-43 defeat at the hands of the Scottsbluff Lady Bearcats meant a fifth place finish for the Cardinal girls.

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