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Northstar rallies to defeat Grand Island boys

Grand Island, NE - The Isladers had a ten point lead in the fourth quarter on Friday night but it wasn't enough to hold off Lincoln Northstar in the Class A District 4 semifinal at Senior High as the Gators would come back and win in overtime 52-50 to advance on to a district final with Kearney next week for the right to go to the state tournament. Grand Island led at the end of the first quarter 15-10 and outscored the Gators by three in the 2nd quarter 10-7. Grand Island going into the locker room with a 25-17 lead at halftime. Northstar and GI would both dump in 14 points in the third quarter for GI to maintain a lead going into the fourth quarter at 39-31. Northstar would turn it on in the fourth quarter outscoring Grand Island 14-6 to force overtime. Grand Island would have back to back turnovers that would spark a 4-0 run with less than a minute remaining. Northstar would tie the game at 45 with 9.4 in regulation on an Alex Goll tip in. Grand Island would have a shot to win the game, but a LeBeck Warren jumper from the right elbow would fall short. That would then take the game to overtime. Grand Island would have a three-point advantage 50-47, on two Kermit Felicier-Alverez free throws, with 48 seconds remaining in the overtime period. The Gators would answer on a Donovan Williams three-pointer with 26 seconds left to tie the game again, this time at fifty all. The Islanders would get another crack at it again to win the contest, but a pass that was deflected and stolen away by Derek Ruhl was then taken the distance and laid in for the go-ahead score as then time expired as the ball fell through the hoop to seal the win for the Gators.

 

Grand Island - LeBeck Warren 2, Casey Burnham 2, Rashawn Smith 3, Kermit Felicier-Alverez 2, Brooks Douglas 7, Much Biel 11, Will Nordhues 4, Them Koang 19. 

 

Northstar - Donovan Williams 24, Sam Juracek 6, Derek Ruhl 2, Alex Goll 10, Josiah Allick 2, Brock Johnson 2, Jared Lopez 3, Dillon Brandt 3. 


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Danger kick off 2018 tonight!

The Nebraska Danger kick off their 2018 season Friday, February 23rd against the Cedar Rapids Titans, and it will be a season filled with the word “new” for both teams. Not only do the rosters typically see a significant turnover from year-to-year, but in 2018 both the Titans and the Danger will be sporting new head coaches.

 

Mark Stoute is replacing Hurtis Chinn as head coach for the Danger, while Marvin Jones is taking over the Titans as Iowa Hawkeye legend Marvin McNutt departs as head coach to become the team’s General Manager.

 

2017 couldn’t have gone more differently for the two teams, as the Danger completed a 9-7 regular season, which was good enough to get them to the IFL playoffs before losing to eventual champion Arizona.

 

The Titans didn’t fare as well, going 1-15 in 2017. They still saw bright spots in their backfield as quarterback Brion Carnes was second in the league in passing, throwing for more than 170 yards per game, while tallying 55 touchdowns – also good for second-best in the league.

 

Last season, the Danger made its impact defensively and in the running game as they finished third in the league in rushing yards per game. However, with a new coach and new roster, the Danger look to shake things up in a revamped IFL.

 

Kickoff is set for 7 pm on Friday night at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, with Ag Appreciation Night as the feature. Doors open at 6:00 pm with pre-game activities beginning at 6:30.

 

Tickets for Friday night are available at area Pump & Pantry stores, the Heartland Events Center Box Office, or via Ticketmaster. The game will be broadcast live on 2DayFM 103.1, or streamed live at www.2dayfm1031.com with live video available at DangerFootball.com/Watch.


Following the game, an autograph party with Players and Coaches will take place on the Danger turf.  

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Huskers Rebound for Win Over Penn State

Lincoln - Kate Cain produced one of the best rebounding efforts in school history while producing her fifth double-double of the season to power Nebraska to a 59-51 women's basketball win over Penn State on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

With the victory, Nebraska secured its 17th all-time 20-win season, improving to 20-8 overall and 11-4 in the Big Ten. Penn State slipped to 15-13 overall and 6-9 in the conference. The Huskers moved into a tie for second place in the Big Ten trailing only No. 14 Ohio State, which clinched a share of the conference title with its win on Wednesday night. The Huskers will face No. 13 Maryland in College Park on Sunday, entering the game tied with the Terps for second place in the league standings.

Nebraska has secured a top-four seed and a double-bye at next week's Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. An Ohio State loss at Penn State on Sunday, and a Nebraska win at Maryland would give the Huskers a share of the Big Ten regular-season title along with the Buckeyes, who would secure the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament with their own win over Penn State Sunday. Both games will tip at 11 a.m. (CT) on Sunday, with the Husker game at Maryland on the Big Ten Network and the Ohio State/Penn State game on ESPN2.

Cain, a 6-5 freshman center, set the tone inside for the Big Red against the Lady Lions, pulling down 20 rebounds to tie for the sixth-most boards by an individual in school history. She added 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while adding three blocks to give her 90 blocked shots on the season and move her into Nebraska's career top 10.

With Cain leading the way on the glass, Nebraska produced a whopping plus-29 edge on the boards, 60-31, for the Big Red's largest rebound margin of the season, which ranked as the ninth-best rebound margin in Husker history.

Cain was far from alone on the glass inside. Point guard Hannah Whitish added nine points, eight rebounds and five assists, while freshman Taylor Kissinger pitched in eight points and seven boards. Senior Jasmine Cincore contributed three points at the line while adding seven points of her own.

Junior forward Maddie Simon also gave the Big Red a huge lift by scoring a game-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds and a steal.

Simon and Cain were the only Huskers to manage double figures in a low-scoring affair, as they combined to go 11-for-20 from the field. The rest of the Huskers were just 8-for-40.

Nebraska's defense and rebounding keyed the victory, as the Huskers held Penn State to just 28.1 percent (18-64) shooting, including just 19 percent (4-21) from three-point range. The Huskers also limited the Lady Lions to just 11 points at the free throw line.

The Huskers hit just 31.7 percent (19-60) of their shots, including just 2-of-20 threes, but Nebraska secured the win by connecting on 19-of-25 free throws. Nebraska's field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentages were both season lows. The Huskers also dished out a season-low eight assists while committing 17 turnovers against an aggressive Penn State man-to-man defense.

The Huskers took a 32-24 halftime lead behind strong halves inside from Cain and Simon. Cain hit all three of her shots from the field and both of her free throws to score eight points while yanking down nine first-half rebounds.

Simon added a huge second quarter with seven points to finish with a team-high nine in the in the half, while adding three rebounds.

The Huskers built an eight-point lead at the half by dominating the glass, 31-20, including nine offensive rebounds. However, the Lady Lions won the first-half turnover battle 7-4.

Nebraska hit just 10-of-30 (.333) shots from the floor, including just 2-of-13 threes, but the Big Red hit 10-of-12 first-half free throws. The Huskers held Penn State to just 20 percent (7-35) shooting in the half, including 3-of-13 (.231) threes. PSU also hit 7-of-9 free throws. Guards Kamaria McDaniel (9) and Amari Carter (7) led the Lady Lions in scoring, while the Huskers held Teniya Page scoreless on 0-of-10 shooting.

Nebraska held Penn State without a field goal in the final 5:45 of the half, outscoring the Lady Lions 10-5 to build its biggest lead of the half at 32-24 on two free throws from Jasmine Cincore with 11.6 seconds left.

For the game, Carter led Penn State with 14 points, while reserves Siyeh Frazier (11) and McDaniel (10) also managed double figures. Page scored all 10 of her points in the second half, but was held more than eight points below her season scoring average. The Big Red also shut out sophomore guard Jaida Travascio-Green, who entered the game as PSU's second-leading scorer behind Page. That duo entered the game averaging 30 points per contest.


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Huskers Drop 9-1 Decision to No. 2 Beavers

Surprise, Ariz. – The Nebraska baseball team (3-2) fell to No. 2 Oregon State, 9-1, in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge opener at Surprise Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Junior right-hander Matt Waldron made the start and gave up one run in 2.0 innings with a pair of strikeouts. Nebraska also saw pitching from Keegan Watson (1.0 inning), Byron Hood (1.0), Max Schreiber (1.1), Mike Waldron (1.2) and Andrew Abrahamowicz (1.0).

In the top of the first, all three Husker batters were retired. The Beavers scored one run in the bottom half of the opening frame off three consecutive hits. In the top of the second, Jesse Wilkening became NU’s first baserunner when he drew a walk. He advanced to third when Jeff Athey reached on an error by the left fielder. Both runners were left on base after back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning. In the bottom of the second, Waldron picked off one runner and struck out another. Oregon State had runners at the corners, but a fielder’s choice ended the inning.

NU’s batters in the top of the third went 1-2-3 with one pop-out and a pair of groundouts. OSU’s Nick Madrigal homered as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the third, but left one baserunner stranded as Watson forced two groundouts before striking out the final batter.

Nebraska’s first two hitters in the fourth struck out before an inning-ending groundout. Oregon State scored three runs on three hits and one error in the bottom of the fourth.

The Huskers managed their first hit of the game when Jaxon Hallmark singled up the middle in the top of the fifth. A double play ended NU’s chance to score. OSU got one hit in the fifth, but a double play and groundout ended the inning.

Mojo Hagge drew a walk in the sixth, but was left on base to end the inning. The Beavers added two runs in the sixth with three hits and a walk.

In the top of the seventh, Wilkening singled and advanced to second when Athey was walked. Hallmark’s single up the middle scored Wilkening to give NU its first run of the game. Back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning. Oregon State had two baserunners in the seventh, but neither scored.

Scott Schreiber laced a two-out double in the eighth, but a strikeout ended the inning. The Beavers scored twice in the eighth off one hit and one error, but left one on base. Wilkening drew a leadoff walk in the ninth, but didn’t threaten to score.

The Huskers face Utah in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) at Surprise Stadium.


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High School Boys Basketball Scores Feb. 20th

BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class B Sub-District=

B-1=

Platteview 64, Waverly 44

B-2=

Omaha Skutt Catholic 67, Omaha Roncalli 48

B-3=

Elkhorn South 57, Gretna 53

B-4=

Bennington 89, South Sioux City 56

B-5=

Crete 34, Seward 32, OT

B-6=

York 65, Aurora 63

B-7=

Holdrege 52, Hastings 48

B1-8=

Scottsbluff 60, Gering 50

Sidney 51, Alliance 38

Class C-1 Sub-District=

C1-1=

Auburn 46, Fairbury 40

Falls City 55, Johnson County Central 40

C1-2=

Louisville 69, Conestoga 57

Syracuse 66, Ashland-Greenwood 39

C1-3=

Bishop Neumann 60, Omaha Concordia 50

Wahoo 69, Boys Town 55

C1-4=

Arlington 49, West Point-Beemer 42

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 71, Fort Calhoun 32

C1-5=

Pierce 40, Wayne 29

Winnebago 68, Norfolk Catholic 55

C1-6=

Boone Central/Newman Grove 63, O'Neill 47

Broken Bow 54, Ord 45

C1-7=

Aquinas 42, Columbus Scotus 25

North Bend Central 57, Columbus Lakeview 51

C1-8=

Lincoln Christian 68, Malcolm 37

Milford 55, Lincoln Lutheran 44

C1-9=

Adams Central 61, St. Paul 50

Grand Island Central Catholic 49, Central City 32

C1-10=

Kearney Catholic 54, Wood River 31

Minden 76, Gibbon 49

C1-11=

Chase County 65, Hershey 55

Ogallala 65, Cozad 54

C1-12=

Gordon/Rushville 51, Valentine 35

Mitchell 38, Chadron 36

Class C-2 Sub-District=

C2-1=

Fillmore Central 60, Southern 56

Freeman 60, Superior 18

C2-2=

Elmwood-Murdock 64, Archbishop Bergan 36

Yutan 40, Palmyra 38

C2-3=

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 61, Wakefield 50

Oakland-Craig 62, Omaha Nation 58

C2-4=

Battle Creek 60, Howells/Dodge 51

Lutheran High Northeast 57, Wisner-Pilger 35

C2-5=

Hartington Cedar Catholic 75, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 58

Ponca 71, Hartington-Newcastle 39

C2-6=

Creighton 54, Niobrara/Verdigre 53

Neligh-Oakdale 50, Ainsworth 46

C2-7=

Centennial 43, Cross County 25

Nebraska Christian 52, Twin River 50

C2-8=

Doniphan-Trumbull 62, Sutton 59

Hastings St. Cecilia 37, Centura 23

C2-9=

Arcadia-Loup City 72, Ravenna 59

South Loup 84, Amherst 56

C2-10=

Cambridge 59, Southwest 43

Southern Valley 53, Dundy County-Stratton 52

C2-11=

Perkins County 53, Maxwell 29

Sutherland 36, North Platte St. Patrick's 28

C2-12=

Bayard 63, Hemingford 55

Bridgeport 57, Kimball 46

Class D-1 Sub-District=

D1-1=

Johnson-Brock 56, Pawnee City 36

Tri County 69, Diller-Odell 47

D1-2=

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 56, Meridian 38

Deshler 51, Lawrence-Nelson 38

D1-3=

East Butler 46, Omaha Christian Academy 31

Nebraska City Lourdes 55, Weeping Water 34

D1-4=

Pender 60, Guardian Angels 50

Walthill 58, Clarkson/Leigh 50

D1-5=

Osmond 63, Elkhorn Valley 39

Randolph 49, Plainview 34

D1-6=

Boyd County 44, West Holt 37

North Central 51, Clearwater/Orchard 45

D1-7=

Fullerton 75, Palmer 28

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 69, Central Valley 66

D1-8=

Heartland 49, McCool Junction 47, OT

Nebraska Lutheran 47, Harvard 33

D1-9=

Blue Hill 64, Shelton 36

Kenesaw 67, Franklin 25

Class D-11 Sub-District=

D1-10=

Ansley-Litchfield 72, Overton 68

Elm Creek 61, Twin Loup 52

D1-11=

Arapahoe 49, Bertrand 37

Medicine Valley 69, Alma 56

D1-12=

Crawford 46, Garden County 29

Paxton 62, Morrill 10

Class D-2 Sub-District=

D2-1=

Falls City Sacred Heart 75, Cornerstone Christian 20

Sterling 55, Lewiston 31

D2-2=

Exeter/Milligan 52, Osceola 35

Mead 46, Parkview Christian 44, 3OT

D2-3=

Humphrey St. Francis 76, St. Edward 20

Winside 58, Emerson-Hubbard 41

D2-4=

Bloomfield 35, Wausa 26

Wynot 48, Allen 22

D2-5=

CWC 58, Ewing 24

Stuart 36, St. Mary's 33

D2-6=

Anselmo-Merna 55, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 39

Riverside 72, Spalding 37

D2-7=

Giltner 48, Silver Lake 11

Hampton 41, Heartland Lutheran 27

D2-8=

Loomis 71, Elwood 36

Wilcox-Hildreth 65, Axtell 44

D2-9=

Wallace 48, Brady 42

Wauneta-Palisade 44, Maywood-Hayes Center 17

D2-10=

Mullen 70, Stapleton 23

Sandhills/Thedford 58, Arthur County 42

D2-11=

Cody-Kilgore def. Sioux County, forfeit

Hyannis 63, Hay Springs 45

D2-12=

Creek Valley 59, Potter-Dix 25

Leyton 49, Minatare 43, 2OT

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class A=

District A-1=

Millard South 59, Omaha Bryan 17

Millard West 58, Bellevue West 43

District A-2=

Lincoln North Star 75, Omaha Westside 50

Omaha Northwest 62, Benson Magnet 58

District A-3=

Millard North 65, Bellevue East 21

Omaha North 46, Norfolk 37

District A-4=

Lincoln East 52, Omaha Central 29

Omaha Marian 64, Papillion-LaVista South 33

District A-5=

Lincoln High 51, Kearney 38

Lincoln Pius X 61, Grand Island 16

District A-6=

Fremont 54, Lincoln Southeast 42

Papillion-LaVista 65, Omaha South 43

District A-7=

Lincoln Northeast 59, Omaha Burke 38

Lincoln Southwest 70, North Platte 36

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Some high school basketball scores provided by Scorestream.com, https://scorestream.com/


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UNK WBB:Loper rally falls short

Kearney, Neb. – Junior guard Carly Heim went one of two at the line with seven seconds left and junior wing TatyanaLegette had 11 fourth quarter points to help Fort Hays State edge Nebraska-Kearney, 69-67,Tuesday night at the Health & Sports Center.

Winning in Kearney for an eighth straight time, the Tigers (22-5, 13-5) move into sole possession of third place in the MIAA standings with the Lopers (20-6, 12-6) in fourth, just ahead of Central Oklahoma and Emporia State (both 11-6). UCO and ESU play each other in Edmond on Saturday.

The game featured seven ties and 14 lead changes with UNK playing well in the first and third quarters while the Tigers had the advantage in the second and fourth quarters. The Lopers, going 8 of 20 from the three point line with Hays just 1 of 19, led 48-40 entering the final 10 minutes. However, the Tigers started the fourth on an 8-0 and it was game on.

"On a couple of our (late drives) they were bringing four or five to the ball. They are big and it's difficult to get the ball out of traffic when we put it in a bad place. We did that a couple of times in the fourth and then we got some decent shots at the rim but we didn't finish them," said Loper head coach Carrie Eighmey.

Legette, averaging a team-best 13.4 points on the season, converted back-to-back three point plays to give Hays a 62-57 lead with 2:13 to play. The lead grew to seven, 66-59, with 43 seconds left when UNK made a big move.

The Lopers got a three point play from senior McKenzie Brown (G.I. Northwest), a corner three from graduate transfer Alyssa Frauendorfer (Humphrey) and another layup by Brown. Meanwhile, Hays went 3 of 6 at the line with Heim missing the second of two free throws with seven seconds left.

Brown rebounded the miss and senior Michaela Barry (Battle Creek) eventually got the ball. With the clock winding down and surrounded by three Tigers, she launched up a 28-footer from the right wing that bounced off the front of the rim.

"We were out of time outs and the goal was to attack and push and get the best shot we could. It's a game of inches," said Eighmey. "We did a good job of managing that situation."

Hays overcame its frigid three point shooting by shooting 60 percent (26 of 43) inside the arc and by being plus seven on the glass, 42-35. That rebounding work led to 17 second chance points.

"Legette played really well and bothered us. She was one of the biggest differences," said Eighmey. "Another thing that stands out is their 46 points in the paint and those 17 second chance points. Those two things there those are daggers for you, especially late. We did a good job of forcing them to take the shot we wanted but just didn't come up with the rebound."

Legette finished with a game-high 22 points on 9 of 13 field goal shooting. She also made four free throws and grabbed seven rebounds over 31 minutes. Next, six-foot sophomore guard Kacey Kennett had eight points and eight boards with 6-2 senior post Emma Stroyan (14) and Heim (13) also scoring in double digits.

UNK held its own on the glass, 19-19, in the second half and was led offensively by Brown (18) and Barry (17). The each made six shots and pulled down five rebounds with Barry also having three assists and two blocks. Off the bench, Lincoln post Kennedy Sander (nine points, six rebounds and two assists) and Holdrege guard Jenna Gillespie (six points, three boards and two assists) had big efforts.

On Friday, the Lopers host Southwest Baptist. The Bearcats (15-10, 7-11) are at Hays on Thursday. The weird scheduling is due to the NSAA state wrestling duals taking over the H & S Center on Saturday.


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UNK MBB:Lopes hold off Tigers 65-62

Kearney, Neb. – Three starters scored in double figures to help Nebraska-Kearney out last Fort Hays State, 65-62, Tuesday night at the Health & Sports Center.

 

UNK (14-13, 10-8) wins a season-high fourth straight game and is now in sole possession of sixth place in the MIAA standings. Close behind are the Tigers (16-11, 9-9) and Lincoln (15-11, 9-8).

 

The Lopers, improving to 10-2 at home, won despite shooting 68 percent (17 of 25) at the line, having senior Trey Lansman (Harlan, Ia.) foul out with 2:49 left and seeing forwards A.J. Jackson (Bellevue West) and Kyle Juhl (Harlan, Ka.) both leave with minor injuries. There also was three technical fouls called in the game (two on Hays and one on UNK).

 

Jackson (10 points and three boards) and Juhl (nine points, six boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals) were having two of the better efforts as Lopers with Juhl running down the lane and throwing down a dunk midway through the second half. He was fouled on the play and made the subsequent free throw for good measure.

 

“We were fortunate to come out of here with a win. If you look at the first 10 shots they got, a lot of them were point blank layups that they couldn’t get to go down. We very easily could’ve gone into halftime down eight or 10 but thankfully it wasn’t like that,” said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. “It was a weird feeling the whole night.”

 

In a game with 14 lead changes and 12 ties, UNK got a layup from Lansman with 3:19 to go to grab the lead for good, 57-55. He fouled out soon after but the Tigers top player, junior post Brady Werth, soon picked up his fifth foul as well.

 

A three from York senior guard Ty Danielson put the Lopers up 62-59 at the 1:43 mark and then neither team scored until there was 27 seconds left. During this stretch, UNK missed three shots and a free throw with the Tigers missing two freebies and a three pointer.

 

On that missed badly missed three, junior guard Marcus Cooper (13 points & 12 rebounds) was there for an easy put back layup. He also was fouled and tied subsequently tied things up for the final time.

 

UNK called a timeout near midcourt and on the ensuing inbounds pass Pierce senior guard Lane Rohrich was fouled trying to break a double team. He went 1 of 2 at the line with FHSU junior guard Kyle Kinnamon then missing a tough running layup with 14 seconds to go. Minnesota freshman reserve post Weston Baker Magrath grabbed the rebound and Minnesota junior guard Isaiah Mckay made two free throws to complete the scoring. He’s now 18 of 18 at the line on the season.

 

FHSU had a chance to force overtime but Rohrich stole the ball from reserve guard Grant Holmes as he was about to take a three or pass to a teammate behind the arc.

 

Danielson (16), Lansman (15) and Jackson led UNK in scoring with Danielson, Lansman and Baker Magrath each grabbing five rebounds. Lansman, fouling out for the third time this winter, now has 1,991 career points, fifth most in school history.

 

Hays out rebounded UNK 42-35 including 15-7 on the offensive glass. They managed 15 second chance points but it could’ve been much more. Besides Cooper, Werth (17 points & eight rebounds) and Hadley Gillum (15 points) had big efforts for Hays.

 

UNK hosts Southwest Baptist Friday night. The Bearcats (12-14, 6-11) are Hays on Thursday. The weird schedule is due to the NSAA state wrestling duals taking over the H & S Center on Saturday.


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Hastings College WBB: 2nd quarter pushes Bronco women past Mt. Marty

Hastings - On a rare Friday night conference game for the Hastings College women's basketball team, the Broncos defeated Mount Marty 66-56 on Senior Night in Lynn Farrell Arena.

After a slow start to the game for both teams, the game headed to the 2nd quarter with the Broncos and Lancers tied 11-11.

This is when the Broncos showed why they are the No. 12 team in the country rattling off 17 of the next 19 points.

Rachel Jelden got the run started with making two free throws after being fouled in the paint. Holly Hild then picked up a steal and would find Shandra Farmer for the easy layup and the 15-11 lead.

After a quick answer by Mount Marty, Hild continued her great start connecting on a layup followed by a step back three from Farmer pushing the Bronco lead to seven at 20-13 forcing a Lancer timeout.

Hastings continued to keep the pressure up turning Mount Marty over again before Emma Grenfell found Mackenzie Willicott for another bucket on the low block and the 22-13 lead.

Following a Willicott steal, Farmer would bury another three and then Grenfell would get a put back to go as Hastings opened up a 15 point margin at 28-13 leading to another MMC timeout.

The Broncos would build the lead to as many as 18 points before finally finishing off the Lancers 66-56.

Farmer led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting including going 2-for-4 from downtown. Gabby Grasso made her presence felt in the paint scoring 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Hild added 11 points in her final regular season game as a Bronco.

Rachel Jelden finished with six points and nine boards and Jordan Johnson added six points with a couple of three pointers.

Hastings improves to 24-5 (15-5) on the year and will be the No. 4 seed in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament where the Broncos will host No. 5 seed Morningside with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m. in Lynn Farrell Arena.

Hastings is 2-0 against the Mustangs thus far this season defeating Morningside 75-64 back in December and then erased a double digit 4th quarter deficit to beat the Mustangs 73-72 on Feb. 3.


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Hastings MBB: Bronco Men shoot lights out on Senior Night

Hastings, Neb.- For seven Hastings College men's basketball seniors, their final regular-season game, in which never trailed, ended in a 96-60 thumping of the Mount Marty Lancers on Saturday.

Prior to the game, Head Coach Bill Gavers and the Broncos celebrated the careers of seven Bronco seniors; Tyler Hedlund (SR/Albion, NE), Connor Musiel (SR/Lincoln, NE), Jake Hansen (SR/Omaha, NE), Drew Callaghan (SR/North Platte, NE), Kevin Harkins (SR/Omaha, NE), Wes Spalding(SR/Fremont, NE), and Alex Fahey (SR/Ord, NE).

Bart Hiscock (SO/Bennington, NE) and Hedlund got things going in the right direction for the Broncos (20-10, 10-8 GPAC), making a jumper and a pair of free throws, respectively, to put Hastings ahead of the Lancers (6-23, 2-16 GPAC) by four early.

The Lancers made a push, going on a small 5-1 run to tie the Broncos 5-5, but an offensive rebound and subsequent layup by Callaghan ended the run for the Lancers, and was all the Broncos needed to get the momentum in their favor.

Hedlund started a 10-0 run for the Broncos with a shot in the paint at the 12:48 mark in the first half. In the midst of this run, Kevin Miller (JR/Lynwood, CA) drained a shot from deep to put the Broncos above by 11, a lead that never fell below 10 for the remainder of the game.

Spalding finished the scoring for the Broncos in the first half with a three-pointer and propelled Hastings to a 54-29 halftime lead.

The Broncos put on a shooting clinic in the second half, sending everyone off the bench and getting their largest lead of the game, leading the Lancers 85-45 with 7:47 left in the game.

Offensively, the Broncos spread the wealth with five players in double-digits - Hedlund (13), Spalding (12), Callaghan (10), Miller (10), and Hiscock (10) - and 13 different players scoring. As a team, Hastings had an impressive .593 shooting percentage from the field (35-for-59) and also tallied 34 total rebounds. Defensively, the Broncos forced 12 turnovers, collected 8 steals, while blocking 6 shots.

Next for the Broncos is a trip to the Mitchell Corn Palace in Mitchell S.D., on Wednesday where they will take on the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in the 4-5 seed matchup of the Cypress Risk Management GPAC Men's Basketball Tournament. Tim for tip-off will be announced on Saturday at the conclusion of all GPAC games.


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UNK WBB: Lopers Rout NSU, Reach 20 Wins for 17th Time

Kearney, Neb. – Four starters scored in double figures and the Nebraska-Kearney women’s basketball team shot 59 percent in the first half to easily defeat Northeastern State, 79-63, Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.

 

Improving to 12-1 at home, UNK (20-5, 12-5) reaches 20 wins for the first time in nine years. This marks the 17th 20-win season in the program’s modern history (49th year). Fourteen of those 20-wins seasons have come at the NCAA Division II level with the Lopers now having 775 wins since 1969.

 

To record one of its easier victories in the MIAA this season, the Lopers scored at least 21 points in the first three quarters and dominated points in the paint, 38-16. UNK led for 36 minutes and by as many as 24 points.

 

“It’s crazy to say at this point of the season but we’re continuing to get better. Continuing to grow in our ability to score on really good defenses and we’ll see a good defense Tuesday night in Fort Hays State,” said Loper head coach Carrie Eighmey.

 

UNK led 21-14 after the opening quarter thanks to 7 of 13 shooting (54 percent). That included 3 of 5 three point shooting but NSU (9-15, 5-12) rallied a bit, getting a three from reserve Caitlyn Long to make it a 25-22 deficit. However, UNK closed the half on an 18-3 run that featured threes from senior Michaela

Barry (Battle Creek) and freshmen Adreon Bell (Independence, Mo.) and six straight points by graduate transfer Alyssa Frauendorfer (Humphrey).

 

“We’ve execute well offensively the last few games and defensively, even though we lost Thursday (to Central Oklahoma), our effort has been really good,” said Eighmey.

 

The ‘Hawks, minus two key players due to injury, shot 50 percent (5 of 10) in the third quarter but UNK still increased its lead by two. NSU did go on an 11-0 run midway through the final quarter but the Lopers were already up 23 at the time of the spurt.

 

Barry led Kearney with 19 points, 12 coming in the first half. She was 7 of 12 from the floor (3 of 7 threes) while also handing out a team-best five assists. Next, senior McKenzie Brown had 11 points, five rebounds and two made triples. She now has 239 career made threes, just nine from breaking Beth Swift’s career record set from 1998-2002.

 

Also on the perimeter, Crofton freshman Kelsey Sanger played a team-high 35 minutes and finished with 12 points and six boards (three offensive). Finally among the starting five, Frauendorfer went 7 of 7 from the field (2 of 2 threes) to tally 17. Off the bench, Bell had seven and sophomore forward Katey Brown (Craig) had five boards, five points, a block and steal.

 

NSU saw starter Bailee Eldred have a productive fourth quarter to finish with a double double (16 points and 10 rebounds).

 

UNK hosts Fort Hays State Tuesday night. The Tigers (21-5, 12-5) are tied with the Lopers for third in the MIAA, two games behind Pittsburg State and one game ahead of Central Oklahoma and Emporia State.


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Elle Salon
GI Vapors