GRAND ISLAND — The first 16 minutes of the Class B, District 5 semifinal was classic Hastings High and Northwest basketball.
And the No. 4-seeded Tigers had the upper hand over the top-seeded Vikings, leading 26-23 at the end of a first half that had seven lead changes.
But in the second half, Northwest flipped the script.
The Vikings' defense held HHS to just seven points in the third quarter and then overcame a furious rally in the fourth quarter to hold on for a 58-52 win Monday at Grand Island Senior High.
"We wanted to try and take away as much as we could, but we weren't able to take away everything. The reason it didn't look as extreme (in the first half) is the fact that Northwest wasn't able to hit the shots they hit in the second half," said HHS head coach Scott Rosno, whose team finished the season 7-13. "On the defensive end, it wasn't as much as anything we did different. Give credit to them for hitting the shots."