CRETE, NE — Aidan McDowell scored 22 points and the Crete Cardinals notched a convincing 64-43 win over Fairbury.

Head coach Tony Siske reached his 300th career win with the Friday night victory. Siske was previously the head coach at Raymond Central, Scottsbluff and Norfolk. He won state championships at Norfolk and Scottsbluff.

Fairbury (4-2) grabbed an early 4-2 lead but allowed the Cardinals (3-2) to go on a 6-0 spurt and Crete led the rest of the game. The Cardinals went on an 18-5 run midway through the first-half to pull away. They cemented the win with a 12-3 run to start the second half.

McDowell was hot from distance, connecting on a trio of three-balls, and forward Jabin Gardiner was able to muscle his way to 14 points. Reece Vertin and Mason Crumbliss combined to make 13 free throws in the second half to seal the victory.

Fairbury struggled to get stops and find consistent offense throughout the game, but junior Jax Biehl exploded for a 14-point outburst in the fourth quarter.

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The Crete Cardinals opened the game on a 12-0 run and never looked back on the way to a 39-25 win over Fairbury on Friday night.

Crete’s (2-3) zone defense was smothering, forcing 15 first-half turnovers. The Lady Jeffs (2-4) struggled to initiate their half court offense, leading to head coach Joan Albury calling two timeouts before her team scored. Fairbury didn’t manage its first field goal until 4:30 left in the second quarter.

The Cardinals used a balanced scoring effort to pull away. Mack Steuer, Marin Rasgorshek and Brooke Deisley each had six points in the first half. Deisley finished with a team-high nine points.

Crete played bench players the entire fourth quarter and Fairbury was able to get its offense on track and win the quarter 16-5.  Madison Ohlde led the Lady Jeffs with 10 points.