The Hastings High girls basketball team dropped its second consecutive game to start the season with a 65-34 loss to Class B No. 8 Elkhorn South.
Sophomore Jamie Johnson stepped back and hit a trey midway through the first quarter to get the Tigers to within one of the Storm at 6-5. But that was as close as it would get.
After that bucket, Elkhorn South (2-0) hit on a 12-0 run. The Storm led 33-14 at the halftime break and eventually 51-21 at the end of the third quarter.
That's when the Tiger offense finally started clicking, as it scored 13 points — its highest total of any quarter. Sophomore Libby Knapple hit 9-of-13 free throws — including 7-of-8 in the fourth quarter — to finish with 11 points for the Tigers.
Senior Elizabeth Franssen added eight points and eight rebounds for HHS. Senior Bailey Petzoldt and sophomore Annie Grealish also had eight boards apiece for the Tigers. HHS finished with 24 costly turnovers and finished just 7-of-41 from the field and just 2-of-13 from beyond the arc.
Elkhorn South finished 19-of-41 from the field, finishing with three scorers in double figures. Senior Megan Kucks led the way with 14 points while junior Lauren Maciejewski had 13 and sophomore Alex Fries had 12.
The Tigers (0-2) return to action Friday on the road against No. 9-rated Holdrege (2-0).