Lady Tigers face Sundance at 2A Regionals

Lisa Shaw/For the Lusk Herald Lily Krueger (21) and Melody ZumBrunnen (11) battle for a rebound against Southeast earlier this season.

PINE BLUFF – Ninety seconds into the game against Pine Bluffs, Phoebe Allbright knocked down a 3-pointer, yet the 5-5 tie was as close as Niobrara County High School would get last Friday in the Hornet’s Nest.

With All-State player Jaden Shelit nowhere to be seen, the Lady Hornets went on an 18-0 run to finish the period. Lusk struggled with ten turnovers in the half but stopped Pine Bluff’s scoring run. At halftime the score was 34-12.

Pine Bluffs backed off the pressure after the break but extended their lead by six points in the third. Allbright banked in a trey, but it wasn’t enough to spark a run at the Lady Hornets in the 60-28 loss.

The Lady Tigers open the 2A East Regional Tournament on Thursday afternoon. Burns High School is the site as NCHS faces Sundance in the opening round at 4 p.m. If Lusk wins, they will face the Pine Bluffs/Wright winner at 4 p.m. Friday in Pine Bluffs. A loss sends the Lady Tigers into the consolation bracket at 9 a.m. Friday morning, again at the Hornet’s Nest. Ticket prices and tournament brackets are available at whsaa.org.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NCHS 5 7 10 6 – 28

PBHS 23 11 16 10 – 60

TEAM STATS

NCHS: 8/26 FG; 2/9 3PT; 6/15 FT; 13 REB; 4 AST; 8 STL; 23 TO; 15 PF

PBHS: 21/36 FG; 3/12 3PT; 9/16 FT; 35 REB; 13 AST; 10 STL; 21 TO; 14 PF

NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring - Allbright 7, Krueger 7, Gracie ZumBrunnen 6; Melody ZumBrunnen 4, Tessa Manning 2, Hattie Nelson 2. Rebounds - Krueger 4.

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