GENEVA, Neb. – Forced to play with a sense of urgency early in the third quarter to try and save their season, the Heartland Huskies found a way to claw themselves back into their D1-2 Subdistrict matchup with No. 1 seed and No. 6 rated BDS Tuesday night.
In the end however it was too much BDS senior Ryan Tegtmeier and a poor performance from the free throw line in the fourth quarter that would seal the Huskies’ fate in their season-ending 47-32 loss at Fillmore Central High school.
Heartland hangs up the sneakers for the year at 12-11, while the Eagles (20-3) move into the Thursday night final.
The final score was not a true reflection of the game as a free throw from Cole Nickels with 2:18 to play cut the Eagles’ lead to 37-30. After going 6-7 from the charity stripe in the third quarter, the Huskies were just 3-7 in the fourth quarter.
After cutting the lead to seven, BDS junior Joel Schardt hit two free throws and then a break away basket on a long inbounds pass which upped the Eagles’ lead to 41-30 with 1:50 to play.
Heartland fouled to extend the game, but that only made things worse as far as the final scores as the BDS team was 10-10 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Tegtmeier scored 13 points in the first half and added 14 more in the second half to finish with a game-high 27 points on 11-21 shooting from the field. Picking up eight points was Schardt, six over the final two minutes.
Heartland was seven points down to the Eagles at the break, but senior Ryan Tegtmeier scored four quick points to push the lead to 25-14 with 7:04 to play.
That prompted Heartland head coach Jon Baehr to get a quick time out and slow down Tegtmeier and the Eagles.
The time out worked as the Huskies went on an 8-0 run to fight back within 25-22 with 3:56 to play in the third quarter. In the run sophomore Jordan Heinrichs scored six points which included 4-5 at the charity stripe.
The two teams continued to trade baskets until the late surge by the BDS offense made the final score a double digit deficit.
Heartland was 8-28 from the floor, and that included 3-10 from the 3-point arc, while they cashed in on 13-18 free throws. In scoring, Heinrichs led the team with 12 while Nickels finished with nine.
The Eagles were 17-41 from the field just 3-12 from beyond the 3-point arc and 10-13 at the charity stripe.
Heartland will graduate four seniors as Regier, Lincoln Ruybalid, Alex Hostler and Deitrich Driewer played their final senior games.
Heartland (12-10)........10 4 8 10–32
BDS (19-3)...................15 6 8 18–47
HRT (32) – C. Nickels 9, J. Heinrich 12, L. Ruybalid 3, C. Kroeker 4, B. Regier 4. Totals 8-28 (3) 13-18 32.
BDS (47) – R. Tegtmeier 27, G. Norder 3, L. Christensen 3, Ri. Tegtmeier 4, J. Schardt 8, C. Rohr 2. Totals- 17-41 (3) 10-13 47.