GLENROCK – After an easy win at Guernsey-Sunrise Monday night, the Niobrara County High School girls’ basketball team kept their post-season seeding alive with a pair of road quadrant wins over the weekend.
The Friday visit to Herder Gym saw Courtney Rowley etch her name in the record books again, while Saturday in Yoder was a hard-fought win.
Bryn Bruch’s three pointer and Rowley’s dozen moved Niobrara County High School to a 19-7 first period lead. Riley Shaw sank a trey in helping Lusk stretch it to 29-12 at halftime.
Rowley took over in the third stanza with 13 points from the floor and continued her perfect night from the free throw line. Eight in the first half and five more in the second gave Rowley two new school records. Her 13 for 13 surpasses Andrea Bruch and Jackie Jensen’s 9 for 9, while the 13 eclipses Lexie Dockery’s 12 makes in a road game.
Rowley finished with 32 points, which is just the 16th time a Lady Tiger has scored 30 or more in a game. As the game wound down, NCHS was in control and doubling up the Lady Herders, 51-26.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS TEAM STATS: 12/34 FG; 3/16 3PT; 18/26 FT; 35 REB; 11 AST; 10 TO; 16 STL; 13 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Rowley 32, Shaw 8, Bruch 4, Kottwitz 3, Richardson 2, Potter 2. Rebounds- Rowley 13, Kottwitz 5. Assists- Shaw 6. Steals- Rowley 7.
YODER ñ The Southeast High School Lady Cyclones had beaten NCHS six straight games going back to regionals two years ago, including a three-point win at Tiger Gym last month. But a determined NCHS squad took the upper hand and held strong on Saturday afternoon.
Shaw opened the game with a triple, and moments later, Rowley did the same. When the lead became 10-0, Tiger fans were smiling big. As is custom, the home team battled back and found themselves in a 12-6 deficit after the first. Very quickly they went on a 12-5 run to overtake Lusk before Jozalyn Potter sank two free throws to give NCHS the 18-17 halftime lead.
The defensive struggle went back and forth before Shaw’s 3-pointer gave NCHS the lead for good as the third wound down. Potter, Anna Richardson and Abby Kottwitz got timely baskets as the Lady Tigers pulled away for the 39-32 win. NCHS is now 14-6 on the season and 3-2 in quadrant play.
The JV beat Glenrock 35-30 as Elyse Richards scored 14 and Bruch added eight for Lusk. The C squad defeated Guernsey-Sunrise 15-6 in two quarters last week as Sammy Miles led with five points.
Friday is the final game of the regular season and the Lady Tigers have Senior Night against Pine Bluffs. Lucy Ceaglske is the only senior on the roster and will be honored with the boys between varsity games. C squad is at 3:15 p.m., JV starts at 4 p.m. with varsity at 5:30 p.m., and boys’ varsity contest at 7 p.m.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS TEAM STATS: 12/30 FG; 3/7 3PT; 6/14 FT; 31 REB; 6 AST; 21 TO; 10 STL; 8 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Rowley 14, Shaw 11, Potter 8, Richardson 4, Kottwitz 2. Rebounds- Rowley 8, Richardson 7, Shaw 6. Steals- Rowley 5.