Titans split Yates Center tournament opener

YATES CENTER — Southern Coffey County boys and girls moved to different sides of the bracket after the opening day of the Winter Wildcat Classic at Yates Center High School on Tuesday. 

The Titan boys (2-0) earned a round one win over Cherryvale 66-62, while the girls (1-1) fell 52-40. 

The SCC boys led the Chargers 19-8 after the first quarter but a strong second quarter effort by Cherryvale left things tied up at 28 at the half. 

That effort continued into the second half with Cherryvale taking a 48-42 lead. 

The Titans scored 24 points in the second quarter, proving too much for the Chargers. The Titans remain  undefeated so far this season. 

Senior Dawson Leimkuhler had 23 points followed by 20 for senior Kolgan Ohl and 13 for Noah Borntreger. Senior Jett Harvey and senior Jonathan Borntreger had four points and junior Cooper Harred had two points. 

Meanwhile, the Titan girls fell behind 14-6 after the first quarter. A 16-7 second quarter boosted the Lady Chargers’ lead to 30-13 at the half.

SCC came out of the half focused and outscored Cherryvale 15-5 to pull within seven points heading into the fourth quarter. With momentum on their side, SCC tried to pull off a comeback but a 17-12 fourth quarter for the Chargers wrapped up their win, pushing the Lady Titans to the left side of the bracket. 

Junior Reed Szambecki had a strong game with 18 points followed by six for senior Crystal Alumbaugh, four for senior Haven Harvey, sophomore Kyra Ohl and sophomore Emersyn Hall and two for senior Jordyn Stone and junior Bryli Copeland. 

The Lady Titans will take on Altoona-Midway today at 3:30 p.m. while the boys will face Sedan right after at 5 p.m. for a shot at the championship game. 

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