The  Sidney Cowboys competed in a semifinal match up against Nodaway Valley in the Class 1A District 13 Basketball Tournament where the Cowboys lost 69-57 despite an 18-point night by Brady Lorimor, as their season comes to end on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Red Oak.
Sidney started the game strong by pounding the ball inside early and often, but tried to expand  the lead by shooting three-point shots, and found themselves down by 11 at half.
In the third quarter, the Cowboys got within five, but missed free throws. A turnover with 30 seconds left kept Sidney from getting any closer.
Sidney was 9-of-21 from the free throw line.
Nodaway started to get hot from behind the arch by hitting back-to-back threes.  
Sidney made a run to get the score to single digits, but Nodaway made key free throws down the stretch to seal the game.
“This game kind of reflected our season,” Coach Kent Larsen said.  “Had opportunities but couldn’t consistently take advantage of them.”
The Cowboys are losing some key seniors.  Cameron Whitehead is the fourth all time leading scorer since 1990 as he contributed 1,091 career points and is third all time in career rebounds with 531.  
Cody Hankins will be a key piece that Sidney will be losing especially on the defensive side of the ball.
“Next year looks promising,” Coach Larsen said.  “We return three starters who we are expecting big things from.”
Sidney returns Brady Lorimor, Noah Jorgenson, and Brock Shirley and the rest of the rotation is up for grabs as we should have some good competition for spots Coach Larsen noted.
“We have a good eighth grade class coming up who will compete with some of our returning JV players for playing time,”  said Larsen.  “We need to get better with our ball handling and shooting along with getting more aggressive on defense.”
Sidney finished their season with a 12-11 record.

Nodaway 14-19-17-19--69
Sidney 13-9-12-23--57
Sidney-Whitehead,14; Jorgenson,12; Braxton Lynn, 8; Zayne Osborn, 3; Shirley, 2.
Nodaway Valley-Brady Hilpipre, 22; Tyler Vandewater, 21; Spencer Thompson, 15.