WILBER, NE – A pair of unbeaten teams each faced an opponent looking for its first win of the season on Friday night at Wilber-Clatonia High School.
Both undefeated teams remain squeaky clean.
The Fillmore Central girls (6-0) dominated Wilber-Clatonia, 50-21, while the Wolverine boys (5-0) knocked off the Panthers, 55-46.
W-C’s boys are off to their best start since the 2009-10 season, while coach Shad Eberhardt’s Panthers are 6-0 for the first time since 2015-16.
It was really never in doubt. Fillmore Central led 22-0 after the first quarter, and were in cruise control the rest of the way.
The Panthers got at least three points from every starter, and at least one point from seven total players.
Junior Erin Schmidt led Fillmore Central with 12 points. The Panthers’ center/power forward has now finished in double figures four times this season.
Fellow junior Halle Theis scored 10 points. Another junior, Macy Scott, scored nine. Freshman Lexi Theis, Halle’s younger sister, scored nine as well.
Fillmore Central’s starters sat most of the second quarter, as the backups helped the Panthers pad a 34-7 lead going into halftime.
Coach Eberhardt put his starters back on the floor to begin the third quarter, and the Panthers immediately went on a 12-0 scoring run to open the second half.
Fillmore Central sat most of its starters after going up 46-7 less than three minutes into the third.
Wilber-Clatonia (0-5) was led in scoring by sophomore Nevaeh Honea, who actually logged a game-high and career-high 13 points. Nine of those 13 came from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Abby Rezney pitched in eight points for a Wolverine team that’s yet to score more than 29 points this season under first-year head coach Jesi Markvicka.
Wilber-Clatonia has committed more turnovers this season (107) than points scored (92).
The Wolverines jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, but Fillmore Central (0-5) weathered the storm trailing only 14-12 after the first quarter.
It was a back-and-forth affair for awhile, with Wilber-Clatonia leading 27-26 at halftime, but the Wolverines salted the game away late, leading by as many as 13 points in the final quarter.
Free throw attempts ended up being the difference down the stretch. Wilber-Clatonia got to the line 23 times, making 12 of those attempts. Fillmore Central on the other hand got to the charity stripe just seven times, converting on five of those tries.
Senior Regie Homolka tied his season-best effort Friday with 16 points in the victory. Fellow senior Coltin “Razor” Rezabek finished with 11 – seven of those points came at the free throw line.
Another W-C senior, Nebraska baseball signee Hunter Cerveny, finished with nine points on three made 3-pointers.
Senior Carson Scott was impressive, leading the Panthers in defeat with a game-high 19 points. He, like Cerveny, hit three buckets from long distance.
Junior Brock Tatro chipped in 10 points for Fillmore Central. Sophomores Garrett Nichols and Connor Asche each contributed five.
The Panthers travel to Adams Central on Saturday. The girls lead off at 2:30, with boys to follow at approximately 4:15. Wilber-Clatonia is also on the road, facing another Southern Nebraska Conference foe in Sandy Creek. Girls will play at 3:30, with the boys to follow at 5.
Sterling 46 Pawnee City 25
Milford 58 Centennial 48
Aurora 41 York 35
Seward 53 Norris 35
Exeter-Milligan 50 High Plains 26
Crete 39 Fairbury 35
- Crete’s Morgan Maly, who recently picked up a D1 basketball offer from Creighton, had a game-high 21 points.
Meridian 50 Giltner 31
Thayer Central 48 Heartland 33
BDS 53 Cross County 31
Auburn 52 Freeman 42
Kearney Catholic 53 Beatrice 41
BDS 38 Cross County 34
Exeter-Milligan 72 High Plains 52
- The Timberwolves are a perfect 7-0 on the season.
Seward 46 Norris 35
Crete 43 Fairbury 41
Auburn 51 Freeman 38
Johnson-Brock 70 Tri County 40
Heartland 73 Thayer Central 39
Centennial 56 Milford 51
Aurora 63 York 42
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