Sutton to the C2-3 District Final

Senior Kyle Baumert drives the lane during Sutton's four-point win over Tri County Thursday night in Fairbury.

Sutton's student body added a little extra energy to Thursday nights 63-59 Sutton boys win over Tri County in the C2-2 Sub-Districts at Fairbury.

Sutton head coach Jon Ladehoff gives some last second thoughts to his troops prior to taking on Tri County in the C2-2 Sub-District finals.

Thursday night’s battle for the C2-2 Sub-District title in Fairbury was a game of momentum swings between Sutton and Tri County.
The Trojans opened the game with a 15-11 first quarter lead, before the stealthy Sutton offense kicked into high gear in the second quarter, as the Mustangs outscored Tri County 20-6, led by five points from Quenton Jones, Seth George and Garrett Nuss.
Nuss hit a three-point bucket as the halftime buzzer sounded to lift Sutton to a 31-21 halftime lead.
The Trojans trimmed the Mustang lead by two points with an 18-16 third quarter run, before this clash became interesting in the final eight minutes.
Sutton held a 47-39 lead to start the fourth quarter, and in the end it was a good thing Sutton sparked the 14-point run in the second frame.
Tri County sophomore Cole Siems claimed 18 of his game high 32 points in the final quarter to account for all but two of Tri County’s 20 points in the 20-16 run for the Trojans.
Four clutch free throws by senior Jordan Davis in the later moments of the fourth, and a driving layup by senior Kyle Baumert, helped preserve a Mustang win, 63-59, to improve Sutton to 23-2 on the year.
Despite the loss, Tri County also advances to the C-2 District Final round, playing Yutan at Norris High School Monday, Feb. 25.
With the win, Sutton moves on to their next challenger, the Centurions of Centura, who upended Doniphan-Trumbull in the C2-10 Sub-District. Centura topped the Cardinals 53-49 to improve to 16-7.
Sutton and Centura are no strangers to each other this year, as the Mustangs throttled Centura 73-42 back on Dec. 20 in front of the Mustangs’ home crowd.
Sutton and Centura’s second meeting, in the C2-3 District Final, will take place Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., at Grand Island Senior High School.
In the previous game with Centura, Sutton jumped out to a quick start and never looked back in their 31-point win.
Sutton raced to a 20-10 first quarter lead and held leads of 37-17 and 58-31 after the second and third quarters, before gaining the 73-42 win, which at the time improved Sutton to 6-0 on the year.
In that game, Sutton would have 11 players score on the Centurions, led by Davis’ 13 points. Nuss and Cade Wiseman both added 11, while Kyle Baumert and Jacob Haight had nine each.
Sutton, 23-2, comes in averaging just over 63 points per game, while holding their opposition to just 39.3 points per game.
In contrast, Centura, 16-7, will hit the court Monday night averaging right at 59 points per game, while giving up 49 points per contest.
Of Sutton’s losses, to Centennial and Milford, the Mustangs avenged both losses to with the 2019 Southern Nebraska Conference tournament with wins over the two SNC teams.
The Mustangs opened the season with a 9-0 record before the 53-45 loss to Centennial.
Six more wins would follow the loss to the Broncos, before Milford gained a 49-42 win over Sutton. Sutton hasn’t lost since that fall at Milford Jan. 26.
After a 63-34 win over Fairbury to opened the SNC tournament, Sutton ran past Milford 71-60 in the SNC tournament semifinals, before gaining a 15-point, 62-47 win over the Broncos in the SNC tournament title game.
Centura, following their loss to Sutton in December, would win eight of their next nine games, before a 5-3 run in the final eight games at the end of the year, setting the Centurions up with their current 16-7 record.


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