The Hastings Lady Tigers (11-10) came out of the gates shooting hot, then used a big third quarter to defeat Grand Island (6-14) 57-52 Tuesday.
Hastings shot 9-of-13 (69 percent) from the field in the first quarter and led 21-12. Sophomore Sophia Pankratz had 10 points, including two 3-pointers. The Tigers continually crashed the offensive boards as Libby Knapple and Annie Grealish each had offensive put-backs in the closing minute to finish the first quarter on a 4-0 run.
In the second quarter, it was Grand Island's turn to showcase its offense, outscoring the Tigers 14-5. With five seconds remaining in the first half, senior Leigh Uhing made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 26.
"I'm very proud of the girls and their composure," Hastings High head coach Greg Mays said.
"That's one thing we've got better at this year. Just because the last two things went wrong doesn't mean a third thing will go wrong. Out of the huddles, we say "right now' because right now is what matters. It doesn't matter what we just did, and it doesn't matter what we do in five minutes, it's what can we do right now."