Destiny Reinke gets hacked late in the game by the Cozad defense, then hit the front end of a one-and-one at the line. That put her team up 43-31 with 2:30 left in the game. (Johnson Publications photo)
Ladies’ outrun Cozad for subdistrict win
Chase County overcame a third quarter surge by Cozad to take a 49-32 win in Tuesday’s C1-11 subdistrict semifinal game in North Platte.
The top-seeded Lady Longhorns will face Ogallala tonight (Thursday) in the subdistrict title game. No. 3 seed Ogallala got past a feisty Hershey team, seeded No. 2, on a 55-49 win in Tuesday’s other semifinal.
Thursday’s subdistrict title game starts at 6 p.m. MT at North Platte High School.
Despite Chase County’s 16-7 lead after the first which widened to a 25-12 halftime advantage, Cozad outscored Chase County in the third, then put up four quick points in the opening two minutes of the fourth, pulling within three, 34-31.
That seemed to fire up the Lady Longhorns, however, as they responded with 15 unanswered points in the next six minutes, allowing Cozad just a lone free throw with less than a second remaining.
Chase County had three in double figures, led by Mallie McNair’s 18. Destiny Reinke added 16, while Taylin McNair scored 10.
Tuesday’s win pushed Chase County’s record to 16-7 and they are now No. 11 in the NSAA’s point standings.
Ogallala comes into Thursday’s game with a 13-11 record.
Thursday’s C1-11 subdistrict champion will face the C1-12 winner in the district final game next week for a state tournament berth.