VALLEY – The seventh-ranked Wahoo Warrior basketball team improved to 11-1 on the season after a pair of wins over conference foes last week.
The week started on Thursday with a 68-61 home win over Class B Platteview.
Wahoo got off to a fast start against the Trojans and led 20-12 after one quarter and on the strength of two made 3-pointers from senior Gerardo Madrid.
Platteview rallied in the second quarter and took a 27-23 lead using a 15-2 run.
The Warriors were able to take a 32-31 lead into the locker room behind a pair of baskets from senior Trey Scheef.
The two teams traded blows in the third quarter and it was a key 3-pointer from freshman Owen Hancock which allowed Wahoo to take a 50-48 lead into the final eight minutes.
Platteview led 58-53 with five minutes left, but the Warriors rallied behind the play of junior Trevor Kasischke.
Kasischke scored seven of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter and Scheef and junior Triston Keeney converted from the free throw line to secure the seven-point win for the home team.
“Give Platteview a ton of credit for shooting the ball really well. To be able to win a game when the other team hit 16 treys, does not happen very often. Rebounding continues to be a major problem for us. They hit three of their treys following offensive rebounds. We have to get tougher on the glass,” said Wahoo Coach Kevin Scheef.
Platteview attempted 39 3-pointers against Wahoo and outrebounded the home team 35-23.
Wahoo was able to force 18 turnovers while committing just six of their own.
Kasischke led the Warriors with 21 points on 2-2 shooting from behind the arc, and 5-6 at the line, to go with a team high 8 boards.
“Trevor had a huge night for us. He hit big shots, and got us a couple of great effort, offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter. He came up big,” said Scheef.
Scheef added 15 points, six rebounds and four steals.
Madrid scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.
Senior Thomas Waido scored 10 points, came up with five steals and dished out four assists.
The Warriors took to the road on Saturday for a game against Douglas County West in Valley.
Wahoo scored a season-high 90 points, including 57 in the first half while rolling to a 90-62 victory.
Keeney got the Warriors off to a great start, scoring 12 of his 20 points in the opening eight minutes.
Wahoo led 57-29 at the half and 80-49 at the end of the third quarter.
“I was really happy with our execution today. I thought we were cutting well and finding guys with open looks at the rim. We also showed a better toughness going after rebounds which was really good to see,” said Scheef.
Keeney led the way with 20 points on 8-12 shooting from the field, to go with seven boards and four assists.
Hancock had a career-high 13 points and five boards while Scheef added 11 points, six boards and four assists.
The Warriors improved to 11-1 after the two victories.