DALTON, NE — The top-two seeds in the D1-12 Boys Basketball Subdistrict will face off in the tourney's championship Thursday. 

The top-seeded Leyton Warriors defeated Kimball 71-32 while Hemingford held on for a 47-41 victory over Garden County in semifinal contests Wednesday afternoon at Leyton High School. 

Leyton had four players in double figures in the contest. Dillon Juelfs led the Warriors with 20 points while Cort Rummel and Justin Ernest each added 15 points. Scout Gamble finished with 11 points. 

Kimball got 15 from Anthony Tober while Wyatt Cords scored 11 points for the Loghorns. 

Leyton exploded offensively out of the gates, starting the game on a 13-0 run. They eventually led 26-4 after the first quarter and 42-11 at halftime. 

Kimball refused to go down without a fight. The Longhorns had a productive third quarter, scoring 14 points, but Leyton's proved to be too much. When it was said and done, Leyton claimed its 17th win of the year. 

In the other semifinal, Hemingford got 17 points from Hunter Wyland, 13 from Rick Turek while Caiden Hill added 11 points. 

Austin Smith paced Garden County with 10 points while Jordan Underwood added nine. 

This contest was close throughout, with neither team holding larger than a six point lead at any point. 

After taking a 3-2 lead early in the first, Hemingford held Garden County at bay to be on top 16-15 after the first quarter. The Bobcats led 20-15 after back-to-back buckets to start the second, but Garden County fought back in it to keep things close. 

Down the stretch of the first half, the Eagles managed to tie the game at 25. A three-pointer by Turek, however, put Hemingford back on top 28-25, which was the halftime score. Garden County took an early third quarter lead on back-to-back buckets of its own to lead 29-28. From there the teams went back and forth until Hemingford earned a bit of separation going up 37-33. 

Garden County got back-to-back three pointers from Smith to help them tie the game at 41 in the fourth. Once again, Turek broke the tie with a three pointer of his own, giving Hemingford the lead for good. The Bobcats ended up with a 47-41 win to move to 12-10 on the year. 

Leyton and Hemingford will play for the D1-12 Subdistrict Championship Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 98.7 The Big Boy, newschannelnebraska.com and the NCN App.