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Four Hastings College Lady Broncos scored in double figures to lead the Lady Broncos to a 66-56 win over the Peru State Lady Bobcats at Kiewit Gymnasium Saturday.
Hastings ups its record to 2-0 with two wins in the Nebraska Association of Intercollegiate Athletics District 11 Classic. In other action Saturday, Chadron State defeated Concordia College 88-75 and Doane College topped Dana College 76-58.
Hastings Head Coach Ken Rhodus told the Lady Broncos at halftime that the team that ran out of gas would lose the game because the teams were evenly matched. His prediction seemed correct as Hastings pulled away from a 48-48 tie with seven minutes remaining in the game to win by 10.
“We switched to a zone defense that conserved some of our energy and it forced Peru to shoot from the outside,” Rhodus said. “They missed some shots and we rebounded much better late in the game.”
Lady Broncos Angie Life and Dawn Cudback each hit two key field goals late in the game to give Hastings the win.
“It was really good to see Angie make those key shots near the end of the game,” Rhodus said. “She had a tough night against Concordia, but she’s just too good of a shooter to let that get her down.”
Life led Hastings with 14 points. Teammates Kim Cook and Jennifer Duensing each added 12 and Cudaback had 10.
“It’s really good to see that kind of balanced scoring,” Rhodus said.
The score was 32-32 at halftime after being tied seven times in the first half. Peru led with 21 seconds left in the half before Hastings’ Cook hit two field goals to tie the game.
Duensing scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in the half and Peru State had 10 players score in the first half, led by Connie Viner’s six pooints.
Hastings got off to a fast start the second half and led 38-32 behind the shooting of Life and Cook. But Peru’s Annga Kossow and Tammy Freeburg brought the Lady Bobcats back in the game for a 42-42 score.
With about seven minutes left, the Lady Bobcats tied the game at 48, but that was as close as they would get as Hastings pulled away for the 10-point win.
“I’m very glad to come away with a win. Peru is a very good team and they’re going to win a lot of ballgames this year,” Rhodus said. “They just never quit coming at us.”
Peru was led by Viner’s 12 points and Liz Jessen added 11. Jessen, Viner, Carrie Menges and Kristi Olberding each pulled down six rebounds for the Lady Bobcats.