The O'Neill Eagles played the Cedar Catholic Trojans from Hartington in the first round of the Mid State tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
The Eagles struggled some in the first quarter and only managed to put 13 on the board while the Trojans marked up 20 points. In the second quarter they still only put 10 points up on the board, but that was one more than the Trojans. At the half, the Eagles trailed 23-29.
The third quarter the Eagles added 12 to their side of the board, but the Trojans managed four more points with 16 to add to their tally. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles only managed to tack on an additional 10 points, while the Trojans doubled that with 20 on their side of the board. At the buzzer the Eagles were down 45-65.
Leading scorers for the Eagles were Kolby Dean with 13 points, shooting 50 percent from the three-point range and 63 percent at the free throw line, with 11 rebounds and one steal; Keegan Moore seven points, making two of five three-point shots and getting two rebounds; Peyton Matthews six points, three rebounds and one steal; Brady Sidak five points, five rebounds and one steal; Mason Walsh and Parker Heiss, each with four points; Andrew Alder two points, one rebound and two steals; Landon Classen two points and one rebound; and Michael Poese two points, one rebound and one steal.
OHS 13 10 12 10 45
HCC 20 9 16 20 65
On Friday, Feb. 7, the Eagles met up with the Norfolk Catholic Knights in Mid States Semi-finals play. The game started neck and neck with the Eagles putting 14 points on the board, and the Knights tallying up 12 points. In the second quarter the Eagles only managed to add eight points while the Knights marked up an additional 19 points. Going into the half, the Eagles trailed 22-31.
The third quarter looked much like the second with the Eagles putting up another eight points, but the Knights stretching their lead with an addition of 16 points. In the fourth quarter the Eagles did get into double digits with putting 11 more points on the board, but the Knights outscored them again with 19 points. At the buzzer, the Knights took the win, 66-41.
Leading scorers for the Eagles were Heiss with eight points, shooting 67 percent from the three-point range, 100 percent from the floor and getting four rebounds; Moore with six points, including two three-point shots and getting one steal; Dean five points, five rebounds and one steal; Poese five points, two rebounds and one steal; Sidak five points and two rebounds; Mathews five points and one rebound; Walsh three points and one rebound; Sean Coventry three points; and Matthew Pardun one point and eight rebounds.
OHS 14 8 8 11 41
NC 12 19 16 19 66