YORK – Two rivals split games Friday night inside the Duke Dome in York. The Seward girls hung on to beat York, 45-38 while the Duke boys dominated the Bluejays, 61-45.
Camryn Opfer was the story for Seward in the girls game as she dominated on both ends of the floor, finishing with 22 points. She scored eight in the first as the Bluejays only trailed a total of three times in the game. For York, Maddie Portwine was nearly as good as she finished with 14 points, but Seward’s defense shut her down in fourth quarter, only allowing her to score three points. Despite trailing most of the game, York still battled, even after being down by as many as 10 points, the Dukes got within one in the fourth quarter. Free throws became a key in the game for both teams. Seward went 17-23 from the charity stripe while the Dukes struggled, converting four of 10 attempts. Kayla Luebbe contributed 11 points in winning effort for Seward. Natalia Dick scored 13 for York. Seward ends the regular season at 17-4 while York finishes at 9-12, their first losing season since, 2011-12.
The boys game wasn’t as close, as the only time Seward led in the game was a free throw by Derek Holtorf to give the Bluejays a, 1-0 lead. After that, it was all York led by Brady Danielson’s 29 points. He put on a show in his final home game in his career, scoring 27 of his 29 points in the first three quarters. Because Danielson was so dominant, Seward was forced to chuck threes to try to keep pace with the Dukes. The Bluejays were somewhat successful from distance as they knocked in eight as a team. Six different players scored for Seward, but just went too many possessions without scoring and struggled on the defensive end. Brett Meyer led all scorers for Seward with 11 points behind three from downtown. Joseph Krause contributed 10 points and Kelly Vyhnalek scored eight. Besides Danielson’s 29 points, Jeb Lucas scored 10 while Garrett Snodgrass finished with nine and Reid Hoffman scored eight.
The York boys are in action today against Bennington in Grand Island as part of the Heartland Hoops Classic. Seward will be idle until Tuesday when the travel to Omaha for a bout with Concordia.