BROKEN BOW -- The Broken Bow Indians put a halt to their 8-game losing streak by defeating the Holdrege Dusters 48-45 for their second win of the season.
The game did not begin well for the Indians as Holdrege began with an 8-0 run to open the first quarter of play. The Indians fought back to score five points in the quarter. Defensive pressure shifted the momentum to the Indians in the second quarter. The Indians also took advantage on offense as the Dusters allowed the Indians free scoring opportunities at the free-throw line. The Indians were able to score from the charity stripe and took the lead in the second quarter. The Indian defense held the Duster to four second quarter points and the Indians carried an 18-15 lead into halftime.
Both teams traded baskets throughout most of the third quarter but the Dusters were only able to close the Indian lead to two, 27-25, going into the fourth quarter. The Indians and Dusters picked up the scoring pace in the final quarter with the Indians outscoring the Dusters 21-20. While most of the Dusters’ points came from making 2-point field goals, the Indians shot the ball under pressure from the charity stripe holding the lead. With only seconds left, the Dusters advanced the ball down the floor and threw up a last second 3-point attempt at the buzzer that bounced off the rim giving the Indians the victory.
“Holdrege caused us some grief with their perimeter pressure but we were able to endure that pressure in the end,” said Broken Bow head coach Zane Harvey. “A big difference in the game was that we knocked down a majority of our free throws.”
“This was a big win for us! We felt we had competed well at times but we had come up short since our first game of the year,” said Harvey. “I am extremely proud of how we have continued to work despite the adversity we have faced.”
The Indians made 26 of 35 shots from the charity stripe with Tanner Johnson making 8 of 9 to help him lead the Indians in scoring with 13 total points. Nathan Scott and Tyler Kozisek followed Johnson in scoring with 10 points each while Marc Sleicher scored 9 points all from the charity stripe. Also scoring for the Indians were Nate Hanson with 4 points and Michael Scott with 2 points.
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SHELTON -- Last Tuesday, the Indians traveled to Shelton and welcomed Nathan Scott back into the line-up after missing the previous four games. The return of Scott, however, did not help the Indians get their second win as they fell to Shelton 33-41.
The Indians trailed 14-19 at halftime then were outscored 3-12 in the third quarter. The Indians fought back in the fourth quarter outscoring Shelton 16-10 but were unable to close in on the Shelton lead.
Scott and Hanson led the Indians with 8 points each followed by Sleicher with 6, Scott 5, Johnson 4, Kozisek 1 and Justin McCullough 1.
Against Shelton, Scott broke the Broken Bow High School career rebounds record. Scott followed that up by breaking the career blocked shots record against Holdrege.
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SHELTON -- The Broken Bow Lady Indians continue to struggle with turnovers and missed shots. Last Tuesday against Shelton, the Lady Indians committed 29 turnovers and had fewer shot attempts than Shelton.
The Lady Indians got off to a good start scoring 15 points in the first quarter but were held to 11 total points in the second and third quarters. Shelton had a 37-26 lead after three quarters then added 15 points to their score in the final quarter while the Lady Indians scored 11. The 37-52 loss to Shelton was the third loss in a row.
Taylor Pearson led the Lady Indians with 9 points followed by Halie Jones with 7, Gabe Minnick 5, Katie Loughran 5, Michaela Geiser 4, Kelsie Myers 3, Brittany Leverington 2 and Sami Gaston 2.
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BROKEN BOW -- Friday night, the Lady Indians hosted the Class B No.5 rated Holdrege Lady Dusters. Holdrege controlled the game from the start outscoring the Lady Indians in every quarter for a 64-29 win.
The Lady Indians were able to move up and down the court with Holdrege but were unable to match the shooting of the Lady Dusters. The Lady Indians made 10 of 45 field goals, three of them from the 3-point arc. Holdrege made 23 of 63 field goals and made 17 free throws to Broken Bow’s 6.
Paige Hasty scored over half of Holdrege’s points with 33 in the game.
The Lady Indians were led by Leverington with 5 points. She was followed by Pearson, Loughran and Myers with 4 points each. Also scoring for the Lady Indians were Minnick, Jones and Megan Peterson with 3 each with Geiser scoring 2 points and Gaston 1.
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GIBBON -- Saturday, the Lady Indians fell behind Gibbon early in the first quarter. After trailing 25-18, the Lady Indians were outscored 13-8 in the third quarter increasing Gibbon’s lead to 38-26. The Lady Indians were unable to narrow the margin in the final quarter losing their fifth straight game 55-40.
Two Lady Indians scored in the double digits. Minnick scored 11 points and Leverington scored 10. Jones and Loughran followed with 7 points each, Pearson and Ganston scored 2 each while Geiser added 1 point.