On Tuesday night the Chants traveled up to Atinkson to take on West Holt. From the start, the game featured the teams trading baskets and runs. The Chants were able to get early with defense. “We responded well after Saturday and our energy was at a high level from the start.” Coach Gates said after the game. The Chants were able to take a four-point lead into the locker room. By the end of the third quarter, the Chants were able to extend their lead to eight. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Huskies would make a run at the Chants and cut the lead to four twice before the Chants responded. With two minutes left the Chants were able to extend their lead to 12. In the last two minutes, the Chants were able to close out the Huskies and a half-court three by the Huskies ended the game with a Chant victory of 55-50. The Chants had four guys in double figures with Blake Wells adding 14, Blake Hinrichs adding 11, and Johnny DeRiso and Cade Geiser adding 10. DeRiso also had 10 rebounds in the victory. “That was a fun competitive basketball game tonight our energy was great from the start.”
On Friday the Chants hosted top-three rated Kearney Catholic. The Stars were able to show their dominance from the start. “There is a reason they are rated where they are.” Coach Gates said. “We showed a lot of fight in the 2nd half but that was a good ball club we went up against and hopefully this makes us better down the road. The Stars were able to get a 39-9 at the half and cruised to a 54-31 victory. Blake Hinrichs had 11 points to lead the Chants. The Chants will host Hastings St. Cecilia before playing its last game before the holiday vs Centura on Saturday.