Prior to Friday night the Chadron Cardinals’ boys were enjoying a five game winning streak that began mid-December with a 58-55 win over Gering at home. It was fitting then that the streak would end in a 61-47 loss to the Bulldogs in the teams’ final matchup of the season Friday evening. The team would attempt to shrug off the loss and continue anew the following day, but were defeated by Gordon-Rushville 46-36.
Despite Cooper Heusman leading all scorers with 21 points, the Cardinals were unable to contain the Bulldogs, falling behind 25-10 after just the first quarter.
The Cards would fight their way back into it in the third quarter, but weren’t able to get ahead despite outscoring Gering 17 to eight.
Three Gering players, Bryce Sherrill, Josiah Palomo, and Xavier Horst scored in double-digits.
Chadron’s Heusman had five treys in the contest.
The Cardinals wouldn’t have much time to sit on the loss, traveling Saturday to Gordon-Rushville, but were unable to avenge their previous night’s loss, falling to the Mustangs 46-36.
A dismal first quarter in which the Cardinals came away with only three points put the team down early, but the team was able to fight back and momentarily enjoy a 24-23 lead in the third quarter, but the Mustangs would go on to dominate the fourth, scoring 18 points and holding their opponent to only eight.
Gordon-Rushville was fantastic from the line Saturday night sinking 20 of 24 free throws. The Mustangs Jared Nelson hit seven of eight; Korby Cambell hit six of eight, Dylan Schwarting hit five of six, and Carson Hinn was two for two.
Schwarting led all scoring with 17, followed by Cambell with 12, and Nelson with 11. No Chadron player was able to break digits, but Huesman, and teammate Jeff Cerny each had eight points.
Gordon 43, Chadron 36
Gordon - Dylan Schwarting 17, Korby Campbell 12, Jared Nelson 11, Carson Hinn 6.
Chadron – Cooper Heusman 8, Jeff Cerny 8, Coy Bila 7, Brayden Richardson 5
Chadron 3 14 11 8 ----36
G-R 12 11 5 18 ----46
Gering 61, Chadron 47
Gering - Bryce Sherrill 14, Josiah Palomo 13, Xavier Horst 12, Tyler Pszanka 7
Chadron – Cooper Heusman 21, Joe Matt 7, Patrick Rust 6, Brayden Richardson5
Chadron 10 11 17 9 ----47
Gering 25 14 8 14 -----61