North Platte – The North Platte Community College Lady Knights were defeated by the Lamar Community College Lady Lopes 78-73 on Friday Night at the McDonald – Belton Gymnasium.
The first two minutes of the game was a scoring exchange between the Lady Knights Naria Hall and the Lady Lopes Armani Robbins. Both players scored their teams first few points with the Lady Lopes leading 6-5 in the first two minutes. The Lady Lopes went on to lead 19-11 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Lady Knights opened up the quarter outscoring the Lady Lopes 15-9 to pull within two points at 28-26. The Lady Lopes caught fire and went on an 11-1 run to jump out to their biggest lead of the game at 39-27. The Lady Knights and the Lady Lopes each scored 20 points in the second quarter and the Lady Lopes held a 39-31 lead at the half.
The Lady Knights opened up the second half with a 9-4 run to close the Lady Lopes lead to three at 43-40. With the score at 51-47, Robbins went to the line 10 times and connected on eight of them. The Knights outscored the Lady Lopes 24-22 to trail 61-55 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Lopes increased their lead to 10 at 68-58, but the Lady Knights chipped away at the lead and trailed by one point on a couple of occasions.
The Lady Knights are now 2-15 on the season. Three of the Lady Knights scored in double figures led by Hall, who finished with 25 points. Hannah Johnson added 17 points and Nahatabaa Nacona had 12 points. Allison Tichy led the Lady Knights with 11 rebounds.
The Lady Lopes are 12-10 on the season. Robbins led the Lady Lopes in scoring with 23 points. Hanna Diaz finished with 11 points and Kiara Budd added 10 points. Robbins had 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Lopes.