The Howells-Dodge girls lost to North Bend Central and Pender to end the regular season, falling to Humphrey St.  Francis in the Subdistrict.

The Howells-Dodge girls lost to North Bend Central and Pender to end the regular season, falling to Humphrey St. Francis in the Subdistrict.


The Howells-Dodge Girls Basketball team lost 51-33 at home to North Bend Central in the regular season finale on Thursday, February 8 before falling 78-50 at home to Pender to end the regular season on Friday, February 9. Jaguars then they lost 48-41 to Humphrey St. Francis in the D2-6 Subdistrict Semifinals from Wynot last Tuesday.

Overview of Jeff’s North Bend Central:

The Tigers outscored the Jaguars 10-5 in the 1st quarter before winning the 2nd quarter 14-11 to take a 24-16 lead into the locker room. North Bend Central outscored Howells-Dodge 17-4 in the 3rd quarter and extended their lead to 41-20 at the end of the third. The Jaguars won the 4th quarter 13-10. Jade Bayer led the way with 15 points.

Jeff Pender’s Summary:

Pender led the Jaguars 27-18 after one and outscored Howells-Dodge 25-11 in the 2nd quarter to take a 52-29 lead into the locker room. The Pendragons won the third quarter 15-14 and extended their lead to 67-43 at the end of the third. Pender won the 4th quarter 11-7. Jordyn Ratzlaff had 12 points while Kenadie Throener scored 10. Bayer scored 9.

Jeff’s Humphrey St. Francis Recap:

The Jaguars and Flyers were tied at 16 at the end of the 1st quarter before the Flyers won the 2nd quarter 10-8 to take a 26-24 lead into the locker room. HSF won the 3rd quarter 13-9 and extended their lead to 39-33 at the end of the third. Flyers won the 4th quarter 9-8. Ratzlaff had 19 points while Peyten Becker added 9. Throener added 7.

Final District Review:

Howells-Dodge (12-10) hosts Parkview Christian (14-9) in the D2-4 District Final at 6:30 Friday night. The Patriots won 43-40 against Meridian in the D2-2 Subdistrict Final at home last Thursday night.

Head Coach Scott Polacek’s Comments:

Coach Polacek says the Patriots are a good team. “Parkview Christian has explosive players; their post is very skilled, their leading scorer is versatile, and their point guard is very quick. They have the ability to score points quickly.”

Coach Polacek discusses the keys to the game. “We’re going to need to step up on all sides of the court. On D, we’ve got to focus on their scorers; try to limit what they’re doing some, hopefully by applying some pressure at times; but constant contact where their biggest threats are lurking. We’re also going to need to get turnovers to get baskets easy and make this a high-scoring game–hopefully that’s in our favor in this one.Our regular season schedule should be ready–certainly 17 teams that we’ve seen during the season or at team camps are playing Friday in the District Finals. “

Coach Polacek talks about a possible return to State. “We had a lot of success in the last decade, but since 2017, the talent in this area has grown exponentially – and we’ve found ourselves fighting every game just to survive several years of brutal schedules. The girls have worked really hard to put together a young team; I wish them the gift of journey back to the State.”

(Jeff’s Take) I think the Jaguars will be rewarded with that trip to State and they will get to Lincoln and run.