Cheney boys roll off two more wins


By Travis Mounts

The No. 2-ranked Cheney boys basketball team cruised to victories on back-to-back nights last week, starting with a 67-54 home victory on Friday over the Belle Plaine Dragons.
A 5-point lead after one quarter was stretched to 9 points at halftime, as the Cardinals led 33-24 at the break. They extended the lead to 13 points at the start of the fourth quarter.
“The game was closer than the score showed,” said Cheney head coach Linndy Frieden.
Luke Grace defended the Dragons’ top shooter.
“I though Luke did a really good job. Luke make him shoot over him in the second half,” Frieden said.
The Cardinals also went 14-for-17 from the free-throw line, which Frieden said was big.
Harrison Middleton led the way with 20 points and contributed an unexpected seven rebounds. Harrison Voth was right behind with 18, and Rylan Doshier added 13. The Cardinals have proven hard to beat all season, but they are at their best when they have at least three players with 10 or more points.
The Cardinals can turn to any number of players to give them double-digit scoring. Luke Grace and Jackson Voth as dangerous scorers. Grace is frequently the top scorer or the No. 2 scorer for Cheney.
The Cardinals are in position to claim the top spot in the 3A substate at Douglass, thanks to a 16-2 record coming into this week. Substate brackets were released on Wednesday, after this week’s paper was printed.
Cheney will host a first-round game on Tuesday. Friday’s semifinal and Saturday’s final will be at Douglass.
The Cardinals will make up a game with Chaparral this Thursday night in Cheney, tipping off at 7 p.m. The game was postponed earlier this season, and the results will not factor into substate seedings. With two wins this week, the Cardinals will guarantee themselves at least a share of the Central Plains League title.

Cheney: Middleton 20, H. Voth 18, Doshier 13, Grace 9, J. Voth 7.

Cheney beat the visiting Kingman Eagles 73-47 on Saturday, making up a game that was postponed from earlier last week.
This was another big game for the Cardinals outside shooting, as they sank 13 3-point baskets, including nine in the first half alone.
Luke Grace and Harrison Voth dropped 21 points each on the Eagles, and Logan Bartlett had a season-high 14 points. That gives foes another shooter to have to worry about.

Cheney: Grace 21, H. Voth 21, Bartlett 14, J. Voth 8, H. Middleton 4, Trenton Reitmeyer 3, Doshier 2.