NCHS moved to 12-5 on the season by following a close loss to Southeast with a big win over the Wyopreps.comís fourth ranked Burns girls last weekend.
Friday night against SE Kiffani Skrukrud opened the scoring with a three pointer and the Lady Tigers got out to a 9-8 first quarter lead. The game had a playoff feel as both teams are fighting for a top seed at regionals. As like the game in Yoder to open 2013, both teams played stout defense and could not get a comfortable lead. The teams combined for a dozen second quarter points with Lusk ahead 16-13.
Hailey Bruegger and Lexie Dockery each nailed threes after the break and NCHS led 21-13. Just as they looked ready to take control, the Lusk girls let the visitors back in the game with missed layups or a turnover on seven consecutive possessions. Meanwhile SE was successfully getting NCHS in foul trouble and cut the lead to 25-23 going into the final period. Once into the final eight minutes, SE made repeated trips to the free throw line. A minute in they had taken the lead and did not give it back. Despite another Bruegger triple and two Sami Starkey free throws, Lusk never got closer than 37-34 with 44 seconds remaining. Southeast shot 14/28 from the charity stripe in the second half and ended NCHSís five game winning streak by the 41-34 final score.
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