Tigers fend off Vikings 54-53

Hastings High's Vinny Schmidt dribbles against Grand Island
Northwest's Jason Shultis Friday in Hastings.

The Hastings High boys basketball team may start three underclassmen, but through most of Friday's game against Northwest, the Tigers looked like a squad of veterans.

Hot shooting and some key free throws propelled Hastings High past its rival, 54-53. HHS head coach Lance Creech was proud of the way his team fought through the victory.

"It wasn't pretty by any stretch, but I thought we just made some gutsy plays. The kids stepped up and made the plays that we needed to have to win a basketball game," Creech said. "We got some crucial rebounds down the stretch, and we executed our defensive game plan pretty well."


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