HASTINGS, Neb. --- No question about it, The once powerful Sandy Creek Cougar girls basketball program has so to speak "run out of kids."
The ten time state champs bowed out of the sub-district C2-10 tournament at Adams Central Monday night losing to Sutton 43-31.
The Cougars finish with a record of 10-13 and have to put away the uniforms. That is so unusual to see Sandy Creek out of the girls state tournament on the first night.
The Adams Central Patriots live to fight another day after a win over the Gibbon Buffaloes in Class C1-10. The Patriots are back at the Hastings high gym Tuesday night to face the undefeated and defending state champion Kearney Catholic Stars whose coach Rick Petri could be called the "Geno Auriemma" of this area after the famed UConn women's coach. UConn defeated South Carolina to win its 100th straight game.
In Class D1-10 Kenesaw eliminated Shelton and will face the Heartland Huskies Tuesday night at Chapman gym in Hastings. Harvard faces Blue Hill in the second game with the winners playing for the sub-district title Thursday.
Up in Grand Island, GICC meets St. Paul in the C1-9 district while it will be Boone Central and Central City in the second game. That final is Thursday as well.
Essentially, it is March Madness already and it's February. It's win or go home and for the losing teams Tuesday, it will NOT be a Happy Valentine's Day.