The undefeated North Platte St. Pat’s Lady Irish got better as Friday’s game went along and they cruised to a 68-27 win at the McGahan Activities Center.
“I thought we played a really good second half, which we haven’t had many of,” St. Pat’s coach Nathan Stienike said. “We changed up defenses and went full man and that caused them some problems. We had better flow in our offense. We were hitting outside shots. We were getting into the paint and finishing, so we were really effective in that second half.”
The Irish (14-0) took a 6-1 lead a little under halfway through the first quarter when Hayley Homan made an 18-foot jump shot off the dribble. Then after Overton (7-4) inbounded the ball, Homan stole the ball and got it to Kaleigh Kummer who laid it in.
Rachel Ecklund made a three-pointer for the Lady Eagles. But St. Pat’s responded with a basket by Jocylin Sellers and a pair of Abbi Allberry free throws to close the first quarter with a 12-4 lead.
The second quarter began with Kummer getting a layup, stealing the ball and then making a 10 foot fadeaway along the baseline on the right side.
Overton, who had only 10 players of which seven were a freshman or sophomore, showed some fight and they pulled to 18-11 after a basket by Ecklund. But the Lady Irish finished the first half on an 8-0 run.
“They play a pretty good 2-3 defense and if you can’t hit open looks from the perimeter, you’re going to struggle against it, but we got out of that funk,” Stienike said.
They also scored the first eight points of the second half to go up 33-11 and the Eagles didn’t have the firepower to catch up, especially as St. Pat’s finished the game with a 24-point fourth quarter.
Next, the Irish will take on Southwest (1-10) at home on Saturday.
Overton: 4-7-6-10 – 27
St. Pat’s: 12-14-18-24 – 68
Overton (27)-Jaycee Wallace 2, Morgan Barner 2, Rachel Ecklund 20, Kenzie Scheele 3
St. Pat’s (68)-Hayley Homan 9, Calli Groseth 11, Rachel Heiss 4, Kaleigh Kummer 18, Gracie Rippen 8, Abbi Allberry 6, Kinsey Skillstad 8, Jocylin Sellers 4
Free throws: O 5-11, SP 12-15; Three-point goals: O 2 (Ecklund 2), SP 4 (Groseth 2, Rippen 2)