With the game tied in the fourth quarter, the North Platte High Lady Bulldogs scored five straight points and held on the rest of the way to beat Kearney Catholic, 49-46, on Saturday at the Dawg House.
“I thought we did a good job of staying calm and working our way through things,” NPHS coach Tyson Hammond said. “We had to use a lot of different people. But everyone hung in there and found ways to make plays when we needed them.”
Kearney Catholic (5-7) took a 12-6 lead on an Ashley Keck layup late in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs (5-5) fought back and took a 19-18 lead when Keelee Soto laid one in off a pass from Gracie Haneborg with 1:20 left in the first half. Then it became a three-point lead when Clancy Brown got the follow on a Haneborg missed layup.
Kyla Reifenrath made a free throw for Kearney Catholic before Haneborg scored with four seconds left to make it 23-19 at halftime.
The third quarter was when North Platte made their biggest push. With 50 seconds left in the period, Carly Purdy made a free throw to give the Bulldogs a 38-29 lead.
But the Stars quickly cut into the lead. Jenna Kruse made a three-pointer and Kyleigh Seim made a free throw to make it 38-33 going into the fourth.
Kearney Catholic tied the game at 42 a little past halfway through the fourth when Reifenrath scored inside to follow a three by Ashlyn Wischmeier.
NPHS quickly regained the lead when Malery States made a free throw. The senior, States, came up big again on the next possession when she put in her own miss to make it a three-point game.
Then after stopping the Stars again, Purdy scored on another putback to make it 47-42 with a little over two minutes remaining.
Keck and Liv Nore each made free throws to bring Kearney Catholic to within one possession.
Purdy made a free throw with 40 seconds left before Reifenrath scored inside to make it a two-point game.
Haneborg was fouled with 18 seconds left and she made one of two shots from the line.
Wischmeier brought the ball up the court for the Stars. Haneborg was on her the whole way and when Wischmeier tried to pass the ball out, Haneborg took the ball away from her. Haneborg dribbled the rest of the clock out and the Lady Dawgs got the win.
Next, North Platte will host Lexington (2-7) on Tuesday.