LUSK – The Niobrara County High School Lady Tigers take a 1-3 record into the holiday after surviving an overtime scare against Crawford but stumbling in Sioux County.
The Crawford Lady Rams visited Tiger Gym Friday evening and it looked like NCHS would have little trouble early on. They took a 15-7 lead behind Bryn Bruch’s three pointer and led 18-10 after the first period. Anna Richardson buried a triple as the lead became 26-12 before the visitors made a late run to close within 29-20 entering the locker room.
The second half turned into a free throw contest as the visitors’ physical play was unnerving for NCHS. Jozalyn Potter had Lusk’s only field goal in the third quarter as the lead shrunk to 37-32. Crawford kept chipping away and overtook Lusk with a basket at 2:36 remaining for the 44-42 edge.
The situation was dire as they held a 46-43 lead before Riley Shaw splashed a trey to knot the game at 46 with 15 seconds left.
Neither team could close it out before time expired, and the game went to overtime tied at 46. Crawford took a 51-49 lead before Richardson’s basket retied it at 51 with 19 seconds remaining. A foul uncorked the Lady Rams coach, sending Shaw to the free throw stripe for four attempts. She made two of them as the Lady Tigers escaped with the 53-51 win.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
CHS 10 10 12 14 5 – 51
NCHS 18 11 8 9 7 – 53
CHS: 10/32 FG; 5/14 3PT; 16/33 FT; 37 REB; 9 AST; 22 TO; 30 PF
NCHS: 11/32 FG; 3/8 3PT; 22/46 FT; 32 REB; 11 AST; 19 TO; 25 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Richardson 16; Shaw 15; Potter 6; Kottwitz 6; Bruch 5; Krueger 3; Larson 2. Rebounds- Richardson 6; Krueger 5; Potter 5.
Last season, the Lady Tigers only beat Sioux County by 11 in a home game but Saturday’s trip across the border would be a much different experience.
The Warriors jumped out to a 19-8 first period lead and Lusk had to play catch up. The home team buried three triples in the second quarter and saw their lead bulge to 19 points as time wound down. Richardson and Lily Krueger’s baskets pulled NCHS within 36-21 at the break, but an uphill battle remained against the talented Sioux County girls.
Shaw and Richardson helped Lusk whittle the lead to seven with three pointers, but a 7-0 run closed the third quarter for a 45-31 home team lead. Shaw popped another trey but it wasn’t enough as Harrison went on to the 53-40 victory.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS 8 13 10 9 – 40
SCHS 19 17 9 8 – 53
NCHS: 12/36 FG; 3/15 3PT; 7/19 FT; 47 REB; 12 AST; 18 TO; 16 PF
SCHS: 13/27 FG; 6/36 3PT; 9/20 FT; 42 REB; 9 AST; 10 TO; 16 PF
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Scoring- Richardson 15; Shaw 9; Krueger 8; Potter 4; Kottwitz 4. Rebounds- Richardson 18; Potter 9; Kottwitz 6; Krueger 5. Assists- Shaw 7.
The junior varsity team defeated the Guernsey-Sunrise varsity 33-28 as Krueger led with eight points and Phoebe Allbright added seven and Jaden Stauffer put in six. They beat Crawford 37-30 as Krueger scored ten and Evelyn DesEnfants added seven. Against Sioux County, they lost 58-31 as Allbright and Melody ZumBrunnen each scored eight points.
The Lady Tigers get back on the court Jan. 2 when Hemingford, Neb. visits for two quarters of JV at 1 p.m. and varsity at 1:45.