Cody Williams goes up over the St. Pat’s defense to get two of his four baskets from the paint in the fourth quarter. He added four free throws in the period as well, finishing with 25 points. (Johnson Publications photo)

Ike Maxwell gets one of two back-to-back three pointers during third quarter action Friday. (Johnson Publications photo)

Longhorns get much-needed win

    Chase County’s boys got a much-needed win on their home floor Friday, closing out a persistent North Platte St. Pat’s team 61-52. The win, the team’s fourth, broke a five-game losing streak dating back to the SPVA tournament in mid-January.
    Coach Carl Zuege said his team finished strong and fought off a late rally by St. Pat’s. “We did things we haven’t been doing,” he said. One of those things included capitalizing at the free throw line down the stretch in the fourth. Eight of the Longhorns’ final 10 points in the game came from the line. Cody Williams and Braden Space each went 4-4 in the fourth quarter with six coming inside the final minute.
    “It was nice to see us stick some free throws down the stretch,” Zuege noted. It also proved to be a break-out game for Williams, who  finished with 25 points—a team high this season, Space added 19.

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