Published Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:04 am
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Burwell run spoils Heartland Lutheran rally

GRAND ISLAND -- After seeing Heartland Lutheran rally from a nine-point second-half deficit to take a five-point lead in the fourth quarter, Burwell could have easily folded the tent.

The Longhorns had other ideas.

They responded with a 10-0 run in the final quarter to rally and post a 59-56 victory over the Red Hornets Friday at Heartland Lutheran High School.
The Red Hornets had a chance but Jon Simonson’s 3-pointer hit the side of the rim.

The Longhorns had to withstand the effort of Simonson, who led all scorers with 33 points with five 3-pointers one game after pouring in 32 points in a 74-65 win over Blue Hill.

In all the Red Hornets hit seven treys against Burwell.

"You got to credit them in their 3-point shooting," Longhorn coach Garrett Mann said. "They really shot the ball and made some deep ones. We just happened to get the lead back in the end and did just enough."

In the first half, Heartland Lutheran could not stop William McClintic, who scored 16 of his team-high 23 points in helping the Longhorns take a 36-29 halftime lead. Evan Crawley scored right away in the second half to take it up to nine.

"They are hard to match up with. They are a good team," Heartland Lutheran coach Lloyd Wagnitz said. "We started with a matchup 2-3 zone and we struggled with it."

The Red Hornets switched to a man-to-man defense and held Burwell to 11 points in the third quarter. Offensively, Simonson did most of the damage. He scored 12 points in the quarter, including a long 3-pointer that brought Heartland Lutheran 45-44.

Then Devin Hueftle connected on a 3-point play to give the home squad the lead. But Keaton Klimek came back with a basket for Burwell as both teams were tied going into the third quarter.

Then Simonson started the final period with a 3-pointer for a 50-47 lead.

"We tried to get players on him but he just kept backing up and nailing them," Mann said. "He’s a great shooter."

After Simonson hit a pair of free throws to put Heartland Lutheran ahead 54-49. the Longhorns went to work. Crawley and Ty Chaffin scored on back-to-back possessions, then they took the lead back on a McClintic 3-pointer. After forcing a Red Hornet turnover, a Chaffin putback made it 58-54. Crawley finished the run with a free throw.

"We finally executed our stuff down the stretch, got the ball inside to Evan and we had players make plays," Mann said. "William hits a big 3-pointer for us and he’s been doing that for us all year and same with Keaton. We made some key plays."

Simonson hit a pair of free throws to cut it to three. But Burwell stopped the Red Hornets on the next four possessions, including Simonson’s 3 attempt at the buzzer.

Klimek added 12 and Chaffin chipped in 10 for Burwell. Mann said the win is a good boost with Chambers/Wheeler Central being the final regular-season opponent for the Longhorns.

"This was a big win for us," he said. "We want to get momentum going into districts and this kind of win helps us. Hopefully we can get one win before districts starts."

Wagnitz said despite the loss, he was proud of the Red Hornets’ effort, especially since it was their third game this week.

"The kids really battled out there and played with big hearts," he said. "I was afraid they weren’t going to have any legs left. They got down and that was when I was afraid they were going to quit but they didn’t. I feel really good going into districts."

BURWELL (13-7): Skies 0-0 0-0 0, Watts 0-1 0-0 0, McClintic 9-16 2-2 23, Hogmire 0-4 0-0 0, Chaffin 5-7 0-0 10, Klimek 6-12 0-1 12, Crawley 5-8 2-4 12. Total 25-48 4-7 59.
HEARTLAND LUTHERAN (11-8): Ja. Simonson 2-6 0-0 4, Messersmith 1-5 0-0 2, Dreher 1-1 0-0 2, 12-25 4-6 33, Suchanek 3-12 1-2 7, Hueftle 3-3 2-3 8. Totals 22-52 7-11 56.

Burwell ........................................ 18 18 11 12—59
Heartland Lutheran ...................... 14 15 18 9—56

3-pointers—Burwell 5-14 (McClintic 3-6, Klimek 2-5, Hogmire 0-3). HL 7-20 (Jo. Simonson 5-10, Suchanek 2-10). Rebounds—Burwell, 29 (Crawley 10), Heartland Lutheran 23 (Messersmith 8, Hueftle 8). Turnovers—Burwell 12, Heartland Lutheran 10. Total Fouls—Burwell 12, Heartland Lutheran 10. Fouled out—none.

Girls

Heartland Lutheran used a strong start to get going.

The Red Hornets scored 18 first-quarter points and had three 3-pointers in the frame to help them take a 49-34 victory over Burwell Friday.

Justine Bader did most of the damage as she started 4-for-4, including two 3s in giving the Red Hornets early lead. She had a game-high 15 points.

"I was proud with how she played tonight," Heartland Lutheran coach Kathryn Langrehr said. "They were doing a great job of guarding the posts early on and she did her job."

Mann, who is a co-coach for the Burwell girls, said that start was too much to overcome, even he was pleased with the Longhorns’ effort throughout the course of the game. McKenna McClintic led the way with 13 points.

"They made some 3s in that first quarter and that was it," Mann said. "I thought we played hard and the girls always have."

Heartland Lutheran worked the ball inside later on as 6-foot-2 post player Katy Kowalski chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds.

The victory gives the Red Hornets double-digit wins for the first time in program history as they are now 11-9 on the season. Langrehr said that’s a big plus for the program.

"They are starting to believe that they can win and are trusting each other," she said. "That’s how you build a program. I’m happy for them."

BURWELL (5-14): S. Jeffres 1-1 0-0 2, Plock 3-13 3-6 9, Dawe 0-1 0-0 0, McClintic 6-19 1-3 13, Jarecke 2-7 1-2 6, Stout 0-1 0-0 0, Birch 1-7 0-2 2. Totals 13-49 5-13 34.
HEARTLAND LUTHERAN (11-9): Scheer 2-7 0-2 2, Wiegert 3-4 0-0 7, Hollman 1-6 2-2 4, Schmitt 2-8 1-2 7, Bader 5-15 2-4 15, Kowalski 5-9 3-3 13, Hiegel 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 19-52 9-15 49.

Burwell ...................................... 6 11 9 8—34
Heartland Lutheran .................... 18 13 11 7—49

3-pointers—Burwell 1-10 (Jarecke 1-3, Plock 0-4, McClintic 0-3).Heartland Lutheran 6-14 (Bader 3-8, Schmitt 2-5, Weigert 1-1). Rebounds—Burwell 36 (Birch 8), Heartland Lutheran 33 (Hollman 11). Turnovers—Burwell 13, Heartland Lutheran 19. Total Fouls—Burwell 10, Heartland Lutheran 14.

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