LAUREL – With one more week of competition prior to the five-day practice/competition moratorium goes into play, a pair of northeast Nebraska high school programs were represented Tuesday night.
From LCC Schools in Laurel, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge hosted Ponca during a regular season Lewis & Clark Conference doubleheader.
The Ponca girls defeated LCC, 55-38 while the LCC boys won 51-44 over the Indians.
The Ponca girls are now 5-0 as the Bears fell to 3-2 while the LCC boys improved to 5-0 and the Indians are now 1-4.
During the girls game, both teams started with nine points before Ponca used a 16-6 second quarter to go up 25-15 at the break. Ponca then followed with a 24-7 third before LCC would outscore the Indians, 16-6 in the fourth. Final favored Ponca over LCC, 55-38.
Ponca double figure scoring came from junior Ashlyn Kingsbury with 15 points as junior Mattie Milligan tacked on 12 points. Other Ponca scoring came from junior Gracen Evans with eight points, junior Samantha Ehlers fouled out with seven points, junior Ellie McAfee had six points, junior Claire Burrell tallied five points as senior Addie McGill and sophomore Alix Hughes both scored a point.
The Indians shot 6-10 from the foul line.
Senior Kinsey Hall paced LCC in scoring with 17 points (7-9 FT). Other scoring came from senior Reggan Kuhlman added seven points, freshman Lainey Schutte followed with five points, sophomore Mallory Eriksen had four points, freshman Rachel Rasmussen finished with three points as junior Haley Christensen had two points.
LCC finished 9-14 from the foul line (8-13 in the fourth).
In the boys contest, LCC jumped ahead thanks to a 17-8 opening quarter as Ponca answered with a 14-13 second. The Bears led 30-22 at the break. Laurel-Concord-Coleridge added to their lead with an 11-10 third as the Indians won the fourth, 12-10. Final again favored LCC over Ponca, 51-44.
Senior Evan Haisch paced LCC in scoring with 19 points (four made three’s) followed by junior Jake Rath with 16 points. Other scoring came from senior Deagan Puppe with nine points as senior Grant Erwin poured in seven points.
The Bears finished 5-15 from the foul line (4-13 in the fourth).
Ponca was led in scoring by sophomore Dalton Lamprecht with 19 points (8-8 FT). Senior Taylor Korth followed with eight points, senior Austin Brennan added seven points, senior Zach Fernau and sophomore Ben Bodlack both scored four points as junior Cole Jackson tallied two points.
Ponca shot 9-15 from the foul line.
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge will next host Plainview on Friday, December 17 while Ponca will also be on the home court on Friday welcoming in Tri County Northeast. The Ponca girls will have a girls only game at Vermillion, SD on Thursday, December 16.
Tuesday area girls:
Tri County Northeast 44, Hartington-Newcastle 29
@ Hartington Cedar Catholic: Crofton VS Hartington Cedar Catholic
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 59, Pender 54
Pierce 43, O’Neill 27
Wakefield 61, Randolph 21
Howells-Dodge 38, West Point-Beemer 35
Winside 42, St. Edward 32
Tuesday area boys:
Hartington-Newcastle 51, Tri County Northeast 43
Hartington Cedar Catholic 66, Crofton 25
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 73, Pender 29
O’Neill 58, Pierce 53
Wakefield 58, Randolph 30
Howells-Dodge 64, West Point-Beemer 42
St. Edward 56, Winside 29