Dynamite Dundy girls drive to 12-0
RENTON, Neb. -- Class D-1's only unbeaten Top 10 girls basketball team showed no signs of taking one of the chin Tuesday evening.
The Dundy County Tigers fell behind BADLY at 2-1, then unleashed their full-court pressure while racing to a 54-27 triumph over familiar RPAC foe Hitchcock County.
Dundy's now 12-0 in its quest to reach a fourth consecutive state tournament for seniors Aubrey Frederick, Payton Zarkowski, Emily Jones, Madison Lambley and Hally Waters.
They're currently ranked No. 2 among D-1 teams, but No. 1 Guardians Central Catholic (9-1 record) better look out if they run into these Tigers in early March.
Dundy conquered one of its closest calls this season, 45-41, over a tough Chase County team last week.
Hitchcock County (5-7 record) brought confidence into Tuesday's rematch after its second thrilling win over Wauneta-Palisade this season.
Yet just like last month's Cattle Trail Tournament title game, the Tigers took charge while building a 19-6 lead Tuesday evening.
Frederick began an awesome performance as she hit 11 of 16 shots (69 percent) for 26 game-high points.
Other Tigers delivered enough clutch shots with sophomore Adalene Krutsinger scoring seven points, sophomores Kami Porter and Grace Frederick five apiece; Zarkowski and Jones each added three.
Jones swiped seven of the Tigers' 23 steals and delivered six assists.
Porter took the ball from Falcons five times with Zarkowski stealing four.
Frederick ripped down six rebounds and rejected two Falcon shots.
Hitchcock featured seven players hitting shots though none tallied more than junior Courtney Hrnchir's seven points.
Senior Aubrey Wagner went four-for-four at the line (six points total).
Freshmen Regan Wheeler and Kass Kisker contributed four points each.
Sophomore Kyleigh Scott did block one Tiger shot.
Dundy County will aim for its 13th win on Friday the 13th at home against Medicine Valley.
The Falcons are set to play a non-conference game at Alma Friday night. Watch for results throughout the season.