Published Monday, January 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm / Updated at 6:33 pm
Heartland boys take Fillmore Central by 24

HENDERSON -- The Heartland defense limited Fillmore Central’s possessions with a strong defense in the early going.

Heartland’s defensive pressure made scoring very difficult for the Fillmore Central Panthers as they routed the visitors in boys’ SNC action by the final score of 76-52.

Heartland’s defensive pressure finally took its toll as the Huskies rolled to a 15-2 lead after the first eight minutes. At one time in the second quarter the hosts held a 30-10 lead.

Heartland led 33-15 at the break and with a 22-18 run in the third, the lead grew to 22 points at 55-33 at the end of the third quarter.

The Huskies placed four players in double figures as Jordan Heinrichs led the way with 22 points. Lincoln Ruybalid came off the bench and scored all 15 of his points in the second half when the game had long been decided, while Cole Nickels added 13 and 6-8 senior Brent Regier added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Fillmore Central’s offense got it going in the second half with 37 points, but still fell short of the Huskies’ 43 point output.

“I really like how hard our guys played tonight,” commented Heartland head coach Jon Baehr. “Our goal was to play 32 minutes which I felt we did. Overall it was a great team win and one I hope we can build on.”

The Panthers were led by Danny Loseke with 20, Lance Donovan added nine and Kinser Gergen put up six.

Fillmore Central was 20-49 from the floor and 3-10 from behind the arc, while hitting 9-18 at the charity stripe. The Panthers finished with 17 turnovers.

Heartland was 27-56, 2-9 from 3-point range and 20-29 at the charity stripe. The Huskies finished the night with 11 turnovers.

Heartland (6-5) will host High Plains on Tuesday, while the Panthers (2-12) will be at Aurora.

Fillmore Central (2-11) 2 13 18 19- 52

Heartland (6-5) 15 18 22 21- 76

FC (52) - N. Hayes 0 0-2 0, D. Graham 2 0-0 4, D. Loseke 8 4-6 20, K. Karcher 1 (10 0-3 3, T. Birky 0 0-1 0, K. Gergen 3 0-0 6, L. Hopken 1 (10 2-2 5, L. Donovan 4 1-2 9, T. Swartz 1 (1) 0-0 3, D. Wythers 0 2-2 2. Totals- 20 (3) 9-18 52.

HRT (76) - B. Regier 3 4-4 10, C. Kroeker 3 0-0 6, J. Heinrichs 7 (10 7-9 22, C. Nickels 5 3-4 13, T. Spickelmier 1 0-0 2, L. Ruybalid 6 (10 2-6 15, T. Brown 2 0-0 4, P. Goertzen 0 1-2 1. Totals- 27 (2) 20-29 76.

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