High Plains Storm pick up where they left off

The last time the High Plains Storm basketball team stepped on a basketball court, it was the in the state championship game in Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. The same thing that got them there in the first place -- an extremely intense

fullcourt press and an offense that plays at break-neck speed -- was what Giltner had to put up with on Friday night in the Storm's 72-46 opening-night win in Polk. All-state point guard Cole Klingsporn did his thing, scoring 15 points in the game along with a bunch of Cole-Klingsporn-looking layups, but as High Plains coach Cameron Hudson pointed out after the win, he's going to attract a lot of attention on the court this season. Other players had to step up, and that they did. Sophomore guard Thomas young led the team with 20 points and complemented Klingsporn well. Cale Harless, who had to replace last year's big-man in Ben Nunnenkamp, filled those shoes very nicely. Harless routinely elevated above Giltner defenders for rebounds and tough paint baskets. He finished with 13 points on the night. On the other side, the Hornets struggled to find any room to work against the Storm's pressure. Senior Jared Hastings led the team with 20 points while junior Bret Good had 11 after missing all of last season with a broken leg. The Storm start its season 1-0 while Giltner falls to 1-1. The Hornets picked up a win against Harvard Thursday night. For a more detailed story of the game as well as comments from both head coaches, check out next week's News-Register.

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