Goodland, KS – The North Platte Community College Lady Knights basketball team (14-12, 2-1 Region IX Division II, 3-2 NCCAC) traveled to Goodland, Kan. on Wednesday night and defeated the Northwest Kansas Technical College Lady Mavericks (3-25) by a score of 73-69.
The Lady Knights got off to a fast start as they raced out to a 13-1 lead. The Lady Mavericks responded with a 0-7 run of their own to force a timeout by the Lady Knights. North Platte responded with an 8-2 run of their own to stretch the lead out. Northwest Kansas answered with another run and tied the game at 21 before taking a 29-34 lead into the locker room.
The Lady Knights regrouped at halftime and scored 44 points in the second half to earn the hard fought victory on the road.
DaVontaye Merritt led the Lady Knights with 21 points and April Stull scored 17. Jordan Dickerson was also in double-figures with 13 points.
“We played well early and in the second half,” said head coach Richard Thurin. “It was good to have three girls in double figures and our inside game was a big difference.”
On Saturday, the Lady Knights host Region IX Division II and Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference (NCCAC) foe Southeast Community College Lady Storm (15-12, 1-2 Region IX Division II, 1-3 NCCAC) at 2 p.m. The game has double importance for the Lady Knights as a victory would earn them the #1 seed and the opportunity to host the Region IX Division II Championship game on March 3 as well as earning them the out-right NCCAC Championship.
The game will be live streamed by Coaches Aid. A link to the broadcast can be found by going to www.npccknights.com and clicking on the “Live Video” link.
The Lady Knights won in Beatrice on Jan. 17 59-50 behind 22 points and 16 rebounds from Merritt and 16 points and 16 rebounds from Stull.
The current standings in Region IX Division II has North Platte leading the way with a 2-1 record, followed by Central Community College at 2-2 and Southeast at 1-2. A victory guarantees the Lady Knights the #1 seed and a bye to the championship game which they would host. A loss would have all three teams tied at 2-2 after everyone would have split.
In the NCCAC, North Platte leads with a 3-2 record while Southeast Community College is at 2-2, Central Community College is 3-3, and McCook Community College is 2-3. The Conference Championship would be the first in school history for the Lady Knights basketball team.