LUSK – With the lights off and spotlights in the corners, all seven Niobrara County High School seniors were given a farewell worthy of the 1990s Chicago Bulls.
Looking to avenge an 11-point loss in the Hornet’s Nest, the Lady Tigers struck fast.
Riley Shaw buried a trey to open the game and moments later Lily Krueger did the same for a 10-4 lead. As the quarter wound down, Shaw stepped into a deep bomb that went through the bottom of the net for a 17-9 advantage.
The visitors crawled back, but Shaw banked in a triple to complete a hat trick and spurt Lusk on a 10-1 run into halftime. The lead stood at a dozen with the help of seven Lady Hornet turnovers.
Pine Bluffs cut into the lead after the break, but Shaw splashed another long ranger for a slim 35-31 edge. After missing the first half of the season, Courtney Rowley is getting back her shot. Her timely three pointer bumped it back to a seven-point cushion and the Lady Tigers went on to the 47-36 victory.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
PBHS 9 6 16 5 – 36
NCHS 17 10 8 12 – 47
PBHS: 9/33 FG; 4/15 3PT; 7/15 FT; 39 REB; 9 AST; 5 STL; 14 TO; 17 PF
NCHS: 9/34 FG; 6/19 3PT; 11/22 FT; 46 REB; 11 AST; 15 TO; 17 STL; 19 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Shaw 16; Rowley 10; Krueger 7; Bruch 4; Potter 4; Kottwitz 4; Larson 2. Rebounds- Kottwitz 11; Larson 8; Richardson 8; Rowley 5; Krueger 5. Steals- Rowley 6.
The junior varsity team won their final game of the season with a 33-25 win over the Lady Hornets. Phoebe Allbright led NCHS with 13 points, while Larissa Johnson added eight. Evelyn DesEnfants scored six.
Lusk is the host school for the 2A Southeast Quadrant Regional Qualifier and will face Glenrock Thursday at 2 p.m. NCHS won each regular season game by two points, and as Shaw noted: “We played like crap both times.”
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