CRETE – BOYS The Seward Bluejays basketball team kept its win streak alive with a 70-29 win at the Crete Cardinals on Tuesday night in Crete.
The Bluejays dominated from the tip. They jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead halfway through the first quarter, aided by a pair of three pointers by seniors Nate Lliteras and Kelly Vyhnalek. On the defensive end, Seward used its unmatched size to force plenty of turnovers and tough shots to stime the Cardinals. After one quarter, the Bluejays led 16-2.
The Cardinals came out in the second quarter on fire with a couple threes from junior Josiah Gardiner, but still found themselves trailing 30-12 at the break.
In the second half, Lliteras and the Bluejays continued to put up points – all the way to a 41 point victory.
With the win, the Bluejays move their win streak to 10 games and are now 10-1 on the season. Crete falls to 2-11.
Lliteras finished with a game-high 25 points, and five three pointers. Senior Derek Holtorf added 10. Vhynalek finished with 7 as did senior Brett Meyer. Bryson Janousek, Parker Stroup and Ben Briggs scored 5, and Gabe Knisley, Joseph Krause and Carson Tvrdy had 2.
For Crete, Gardiner finished with 8 to lead the Cardinals. Owen Kuntz put up 7. Will Wenz came off the bench with 5 points. Jaxon Weyand added 4. Caleb Vertin scored 4 points, and Zach Frye had 2.
It was a matchup between two of the top girls basketball teams in the state Tuesday night, as the Crete Cardinals hosted the Seward Bluejays.
The game went back and forth for most of the first half. Bluejay senior Kayla Luebbe had the first four points for the Lady Jays and they jumped out to a quick lead. However, Crete would fight back and take the lead early as Cardinals junior Morgan Maly scored four early points to give the Cardinals the lead, and they never looked back.
Crete took an 8-6 lead after one quarter.
Three-pointers in the second quarter by Crete’s Maly and Hannah Newton expanded the lead, but Seward kept it close, and had the deficit at 16-13 heading into the break.
To start the second half, freshman Brooke Deisley vaulted the Cardinals with two three pointers to give Crete a sizable lead. Crete led 29-20 after three quarters.
The Bluejays didn’t quite give up, as freshman Ellie Oxford scored back-to-back three pointers to cut into the lead, but it wasn’t enough as Crete came away with the 39-31 win.
Maly, a Creighton University commit, finished with a team-high 12 points for the Cardinals. Newton contributed with 11. Deisley added 8 points. Lexi Mach had 5 points, Ellie Allen with 2, Jayda Weyand finished with 1.
For the Bluejays, Luebbe led the way with 12 points. Cameryn Opfer finished with 10. Oxford had 6, Rebekah Klenke had 2 and Hannah Benedict finished with 1.