(Sidney) – Dominantly, the Sidney Cowboys are 1-0 in the Corner Conference game after a 76-38 win over the Stanton Vikings.
Sidney’s victory is the fourth against Stanton in the past two years, but the first with a margin of almost 40 points.
“Defensively we played really well,” said Larsen. “Offensively we were able to shoot a little better than we did last night and we got a few baskets early.”
Larsen’s side would shoot just over 46 percent from the field overnight. However, it was a defensive clinic for the Cowboys throughout the first half as they stopped the Vikings, leading scorer Carter Johnson to zero points before half-time.
Larsen contributes to a defensive team effort to take out the top scorer in the 2020-21 corner conference.
“Cole Jorgenson started on him, and we were making a lot of changes because he comes off ball screens so well, and we didn’t want to give him a quick start,” said Larsen. “Taylor McFail had it sometimes, then our freshman Braedon Godfread had it sometimes.”
Jorgenson would lead the way offensively for the Cowboys. He would drop to 14 points midway through the second quarter before an ankle injury limited him until after halftime.
“I thought from a team perspective it was really good, and then when Cole started he can score a lot of points very quickly,” said Larsen.
At halftime, Jorgenson would help the Cowboys take a 43-14 lead. Garrett Phillips and Grant Whitehead also had 15 points in the first half.
The third quarter was marked by a 10-4 run for Stanton. However, Jorgenson and a solid team shooting effort continued to push the Cowboys to a 61-27 lead late in the third.
“(Jorgenson) is a really good shot, but we have other good shooters on this team,” said Larsen. “Garrett Phillips had a run in the first half where he scored six or eight in a row, and Kyle Beam is a really good shot, so we have a lot of people we can talk to.”
Phillips would end his night with 10 points. Meanwhile, Conner Behrends netted 11 points off the post and Nik Peters came off the bench scoring nine points and distributing two assists. Behrends would also lead the Cowboys with nine rebounds.
Jorgenson would eventually end the night with 27 points, six rebounds and an assist.
For Stanton, their 20-point second-half effort was far too little too late, as Carter Johnson finally found the basket in the third quarter, hitting 11 points on the night.
“It’s great, it shows how hard we’ve worked and shows how much we are against the conference,” Jorgenson said.
Evan Gettler would be the Vikings’ leading scorer on the evening with 14 points.
Larsen says he has one key area where he would like to see his players improve to move forward.
“We need to take better care of the ball, I think we’ve had almost 20 turnovers and that’s way too many,” said Larsen. “We really wanted to go out and run, but I think we were a little quick at times, and that led to a lot of our turnovers.”
Ultimately, the Cowboys would return the ball over 22 times.
With the win, Sidney goes 2-0 that year, and they hope to keep their wins in a non-conference game against East Atchison on Tuesday.
For Stanton, they hope to clinch their first win of the season against Griswold on Tuesday, who is pulling a 53-46 against Heartland Christian tonight.
You can watch the full interviews with Kent Larsen and Cole Jorgenson below.