Dusters break free from Bison girls

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Steve Towery/McCook Gazette Junior Brantleigh Morgan dribbled and drilled another early three-pointer to help the McCook Bison stay within striking range of Holdrege Tuesday evening.

HOLDREGE, Neb. -- A super first half had McCook High's girls focused on one strategy Tuesday night.

"Just keep doing what we were doing," coach Scott Leisy said during his post-game radio interview. "You watched that first half and those were two good teams going at it."

Junior Brantleigh Morgan's developed a great habit of hitting three-pointers to ignite the Bison attack.

Her early three started a win over Hershey Friday night, and she connected again at Holdrege on Tuesday.

The Bison turned that momentum into a 14-12 lead and although Holdrege took that advantage -- it was still only 24-21 at intermission.

Unfortunately, McCook did everything but follow that halftime advice.

"We look really good at times, but our trouble is staying consistent," he confirmed.

It showed after the break, as McCook fell behind by seven through three quarters and went really cold to start the fourth.

With Dusters like senior Jacee Pfeifer scoring 13 points, Holdrege pulled away for a 52-30 victory.

Senior inside force Karly Hale also returned to help the Dusters claim their seventh win in 10 games this season.

Junior Bailey Honn's 10 points topped the Bison, who slipped to 4-8 overall.

Juniors Jaden Bryant and Erika Fisher reportedly added six points each.

The Bison move on to play at Hastings Friday before hosting Minden in a 4:30 p.m. varsity game on Saturday.

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