FCSH makes smooth transition, off to perfect 4-0 start this winter

The Falls City Sacred Heart boys’ basketball team improved to 4-0 on the season with three wins over out-of-state foes last week.

Saturday at Wetmore, KS the Irish defeated the Cardinals 59-46 behind 15 points and 10 rebounds from senior Matt Goltz, who finished 5-of-8 from the floor and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line. Senior Chaz Dunn added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists, while seniors Colin Niemeyer and Jarod Fiegener chipped in nine.

The Irish were 51-25 winners over visiting Hiawatha, KS Thursday night at Prichard Auditorium, as they raced out to a 26-4 halftime lead. Dunn made 2-of-3 three-point shots and led all scorers with 15 points. He also led FCSH with five assists and four steals. Goltz added 11 points, eight boards and six blocked shots. Hiawatha connected on just 11-of-43 field goals (25.6 percent) and was out-rebounded 35-24.

FCSH had their best offensive performance of the early season last Tuesday as they overmatched South Holt, MO, 77-22. The Irish opened with a 23-4 first quarter, then led 35-16 at the half before posting another 23-4 quarter in the third. FCSH finished 6-for-12 from behind the arc and 33-for-57 from the floor overall. South Holt struggled against the Irish pressure and turned it over 37 times.

Dunn, Niemeyer, Goltz and senior Eli Ramer each finished with 13 points. Junior Logan Scheitel led FCSH with six rebounds, while junior Austin Malone joined Dunn with six steals each. Malone and Dunn also dished out eight and seven assists, respectively.

The 50-percent success rate from downtown was by far the best for the Irish, who have combined to go 5-for-28 from the three-point line in their other three contests, as they try and play catch-up after early practice time due to their state championship run in football.

The Irish travel to Lewiston (3-0) tonight and then host Humboldt-TR-S (0-3) Friday before and eight-day holiday break.

Scoring vs. Wetmore
FCSH – Niemeyer 9, Dunn 13, Malone 10, Goltz 15, Scheitel 4, Fiegener 8.
WHS – Boechman 8, Ke. Bloom 5, Shumaker 8, Henry 6, C. Ballenger 2, Hoelscher 17.

Scoring vs. Hiawatha
FCSH – Niemeyer 4, Dunn 15, Malone 8, Goltz 11, Scheitel, 5, Fiegener, 2, Strasheim, 6.
HHS – Winters 4, Smith 2, Bigham 11, Hasenkamp 6, Reese 2.     

Scoring vs. South Holt
FCSH – Niemeyer 13, Dunn13, Malone 7, Kean 5, Goltz, 13, Arnold 4, Scheitel 7, Strasheim 2, Ramer 13.

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