Blair boys lose tight game with No. 1 Mount Michael

Girls beat Duchesne at Omaha Gross

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Sawyer Lawton's 3-pointer from the corner put Blair ahead late, but the Class B No. 1 Elkhorn Mount Michael boys basketball team earned a 59-54 win Monday at Omaha Gross.
After the Bears (4-4 overall) went ahead 50-47, the Knights (5-0) outscored coach Chris Whitwer's squad 12-4 to avoid the holiday tournament upset.
“I thought our guys played with great intensity and poise today,” BHS' coach said. “We shot the ball really well.”
Luke Ladwig finished with a team-high 14 points, while Lawton had 11 and Kip Tupa scored 10. Mount Michael's Joe Chouinard, meanwhile, scored a game-high 18.
Overall, though, Whitwer was proud of the Bears' effort after the holiday break.
“I thought we played great defensively and made things difficult for them,” he said.

No. 1 Elkhorn Mount Michael 59, Blair 54
EMM (5-0) 14 8 17 20 — 59
BHS (4-4) 11 13 10 18 — 54
Scoring: BHS — Luke Ladwig 14, Sawyer Lawton 11, Kip Tupa 10, Wyatt Ogle 6, Cade Ulven 6, Morgan Rump 3, Jacob Czapla 2, Nolan Ulrich 2.
EMM — Joe Chouinard 18, Kaleb Brink 11, Airan Lopez 9, Brad Bennett 8, Kyle Pelan 6, Parker Hottovy 4, Kuon Kuon 3.

BHS girls best Duchesne, 55-39
The Blair girls basketball team opened holiday tournament play Monday with a 55-39 victory over Omaha Duchesne at Gross.
Makayla Baughman scored a game-high 21 points and Leah Chance added 10 as the Class B No. 10 Bears improved to 6-1. Joslyn Policky added eight points, while Mya Larson had six in the win.
The tourney game was the BHS' first since the holiday break and came after just a single, walkthrough practice Monday morning.
“We did have quite a few offensive turnovers and gave up quite a few offensive rebounds,” coach Matt Aschoff said. “But both teams had the same situation. We thought the girls responded well in the game to play through some struggles.”

No. 10 Blair 55, Omaha Duchesne 39
OD (2-6) 9 10 8 12 — 39
BHS (6-1) 16 17 14 8 — 55
Scoring: BHS — Makayla Baughman 21, Leah Chance 10, Joslyn Policky 8, Mya Larson 6, Kaitlyn Johnson 3, Maggie Valasek 2, Sami Murray 2, Nessa McMillen 2, Maicy Lourens 1.
OD — C.Shanahan 18, W.Pflug 6, K.Bekart 3, L.Bleske 3, P.Ward 3, G.Manhart 2, N.Huss 2, A. Darra 1, M.Whitman 1.

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