Bison girls stretch streak to three

Monday, January 9, 2017
Both junior Holly Grigg and this Hershey defender get a little too close for comfort during the Bison girls' 47-27 home win Friday night at McCook High School.

McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook basketball girls keep showing coach Scott Leisy might be worthy of carrying a crystal ball after their 47-27 win over Hershey Friday night.

Weeks ago, Leisy proclaimed his team was "far better than its record" and the Bison have proved him prophetic ever since.

McCook (4-6 record overall) has now won three straight and four of five since an 0-5 start.

"We're in a stretch of six games in 12 days, so it's good to start with a win," Leisy proclaimed.

Everyone could see the improvement as McCook broke free from a tight first quarter.

A 14-0 surge in the first half turned the 13-12 battle into 27-12.

Though Hershey (4-5 record) closed within 10, another run of 10-0 closed the impressive home win.

Junior Jaden Bryant scored a team-high 12 points while also swatting an early shot out of bounds which showed the Bison girls meant business.

Junior Emily Arp continued her strong varsity play as she tallied 10 points.

"Emily brings a lot of energy," Leisy observed.

Junior guard Erika Fisher netted nine points, and plenty of other Bison contributed.

McCook kept the momentum despite losing senior guard Faith Hansen to a knee injury last week. Leisy wasn't certain when Hansen would be able to return.

Scoring summaries from Friday:

McCOOK (47) -- Jaden Bryant 12 points, Emily Arp 10, Erika Fisher 9, Brantleigh Morgan 5, Bailey Honn 4, Mackenzie Smith 4, Holly Grigg 3. Three-pointer: Morgan.

HERSHEY (27) -- Joslyn Crow's six points led the 4-5 Panthers and Rachel Banks scored five.

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