It wasn’t 111 games, only 49, but another long winning streak was put to rest last week by Bancroft-Rosalie.
The Panthers gave Howells-Dodge its first loss in boys basketball since the schools merged prior to the 2012-13 season, beating the Jaguars 55-45.
Nick Sjuts, who had a game high 22 points with 10 rebounds, was a sixth-grader in the crowd the night in 2006 that Bancroft-Rosalie stopped West Point Central Catholic’s state-record, 111-game run in girls basketball with a 45-44 win.
“I remember when our girls did it against Central Catholic. And to do it, it feels pretty cool,” Sjuts told reporters last Tuesday.
Bancroft-Rosalie had lost its first two games against the Jaguars, last year’s Class D-1 state champions, including dropping a 56-50 contest three days earlier in the East Husker Conference tournament final.
Howells-Dodge is tied for ninth with its 49-game winning streak, which was the longest in boys basketball since Spencer-Naper ran off 58 in a row ending in 2004.
Elkhorn South, ranked sixth in the Top 10 and first in Class B, is the last undefeated team left in boys basketball and has an interesting week with games Thursday against rival Elkhorn High and Friday at Class A Omaha Northwest.
Wild-card update: Atop the state point standings in their respective classes are Columbus Scotus in Class C-1, Ainsworth in C-2, Howells-Dodge in D-1 and Bancroft-Rosalie.
Each of those classes takes two wild-card teams — those highest in the standings that lose during subdistricts or districts — to the state tournament.
Class C-1 has four teams bunched behind Scotus — Falls City, Wayne, Wahoo and new ratings No. 1 Boone Central/Newman Grove.
Doniphan-Trumbull is second to Ainsworth in Class C-2, followed by Southern Valley, Fremont Bergan and Hastings St. Cecilia. New ratings No. 1 Hartington Cedar Catholic is ninth in the standings entering the final week before subdistricts.
Howells-Dodge, barring a collapse, is projected to be first or second in the final standings in D-1. Also in good shape is once-beaten North Platte St. Patrick’s, with new ratings No. 1 Elm Creek currently third.
Bancroft-Rosalie is one of five teams in Class D-2 with point averages higher than 46.0. High Plains, which is in the same district as the Panthers, Spalding/Spalding Academy, top-ranked Falls City Sacred Heart and Exeter-Milligan are the others.
Omaha Benson leads the standings in Class A, which has only one wild card, and Beatrice and Elkhorn South are in control of the two wild cards in Class B.
Subdistrict pairings are made and released on Tuesday by the Nebraska School Activities Association.
Record already hers: Fremont’s Jessica Shepard, it turns out, already owns the Class A season scoring record in girls basketball and has since last year. But her 2012-13 total of 664 points as a Lincoln Southeast sophomore didn’t make its way onto the all-time leaders list on the Nebraska School Activities Association website, leading to confusion.
With 643 points this season, Shepard needs 22 points Tuesday night in the Tigers’ home game, against Southeast, to break her own record. The Class A record, until last year, was 614 by Omaha Central’s Maurtice Ivy in 1984.
Shepard’s career point total is 1,787. Ivy holds the Class A career mark of 1,926, and Darcy Stracke of Chambers holds the all-time girls mark of 2,752.
Shepard’s averages of 30 points and 15 rebounds lead the state. If she maintains her scoring pace and gets seven more games this season (this requires qualifying for state and winning in the first round), she would have about 850 points this season (second to Stracke’s 872 in 1996) and break Ivy’s Class A career record while getting close to 2,000 points in three years.
Top games this week:
Class C-1—Tuesday: Ashland-Greenwood at Wahoo Neumann, Plattsmouth at Boys Town. Friday: Pierce at Wayne.
Class C-2—Friday: Heartland at Doniphan-Trumbull, Norfolk Catholic at Hartington Cedar Catholic. Saturday: Falls City Sacred Heart at Nebraska City Lourdes.
Class D-1—Friday: Gibbon at Overton.
Class D-2—Friday: Wilcox-Hildreth at Amherst, Paxton at Bridgeport.