CLARKS — High Plains didn’t win its first game until after Christmas, but the Storm are on a roll now.
Behind 14 second-half points from Madie Young, High Plains (4-6) held off Nebraska Lutheran (5-4) for a 39-37 victory Thursday in Clarks. It's the team's fourth straight win.
Young finished with a game-high 16 points. Cara Demers added nine points for the Storm, with seven coming in the first half.
It was a tight game throughout as neither team could create any separation. The Knights led 8-6 after the first quarter, but High Plains rallied to grab a 17-15 advantage at the break.
The Storm led 30-26 after three quarters as Young scored 11 straight points to end the period.
High Plains will try to continue its winning ways Tuesday when it hosts Class D-1, No. 5 Heartland.
Twin River 46,
Cross County 38
STROMSBURG — Twin River’s defense stepped up in the second half Thursday to help the Titans beat Cross County 46-38 in Stromsburg.
After giving up 27 first-half points, Twin River clamped down and allowed just 11 after the break.
Cross County led 27-23 at halftime, but the Titans outscored the Cougars 8-3 in the third quarter and 15-8 in the fourth quarter to get the win.
Halle Konz paced Twin River’s offense with a game-high 20 points, including 14 in the first half. Gabi Wieck scored seven of her 14 points in the final quarter to help Twin River ice the game.
Lexi Eller knocked down 6 of 11 3-point attempts and led Cross County with 18 points. Maddie Portwine added 10.
Cross County (5-7) hosts Dorchester on Tuesday. Twin River (10-4) plays that day at Wisner-Pilger.
OSCEOLA — Class D-1, No. 9 Friend dominated Osceola in the first quarter Thursday before taking its foot off the gas in a 62-20 road win.
Friend (12-2) led 34-2 after the opening period and 47-6 at halftime before letting its reserves get extended playing time in the second half.
Raeleigh Menke outscored Osceola by herself, finishing with 23 points. Claire Kubicek added 16 points for Friend.
Samantha Hays led Osceola with seven points.
Osceola (0-12) hosts McCool Junction next Thursday.
St. Francis 55
HUMPHREY — After starting the season 12-0, Humphrey St. Francis has now lost two straight games to teams from higher classes.
The Class D-2, No. 3 Flyers fell 59-55 at home Thursday night against Class C-1 Pierce after losing 45-44 Saturday at Class C-2 Burwell. St. Francis has five wins this season against Class C-2 teams.
The Flyers led 18-11 after the first quarter Thursday before Pierce (8-6) stepped up its defense in the second and third periods. St. Francis managed just eight points in each of those quarters as the Bluejays tied the game at 26-all entering halftime and pulled in front 42-34 after the third quarter.
St. Francis scored 21 points in the final quarter, but Pierce answered with 17 to hang on for the road win.
Telegram Super Senior Logan Wemhoff led the Flyers with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Allison Weidner had 12 points, three steals and three assists. Alissa Kosch chipped in nine points for St. Francis and Bridget McPhillips added eight.
The Flyers play next in the Goldenrod Conference Tournament, which begins Saturday.
NELIGH — Class C-2, No. 8 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family had no trouble Thursday with Neligh-Oakdale (1-13).
The Bulldogs (12-2) got big games from Taya Beller and Brittney Veik in the 72-34 road victory. The duo combined to make 18 of 30 field-goal attempts and scored 44 points.
Beller had a game-high 25 points to go with 10 rebounds, three assists, four steals and three blocks. Veik knocked down three 3-pointers, scored 19 points and handed out six assists.
H/LHF led by 10 after the first quarter and 35-16 at halftime. The lead ballooned to 30 in the third quarter as the Bulldogs took a 57-27 advantage into the last period.
H/LHF hosts Madison on Thursday.
Heartland Lutheran 33,
St. Edward 19
GRAND ISLAND — St. Edward was outscored 14-0 in the first quarter Thursday and that was the difference in the final score as Heartland Lutheran defeated the Beavers 33-19 in Grand Island.
St. Edward got its offense going in the second quarter, scoring 11 points and trailing 21-11 at halftime, but the Beavers could get no closer in the second half.
The Red Hornets led 28-15 after three quarters. St. Edward couldn’t keep its offensive momentum going as the Beavers scored more points in the second quarter than the rest of the game combined.
Shonda Shanle finished with more than half of St. Edward’s points, scoring 10.
The Beavers (1-9) play in the Goldenrod Conference Tournament beginning Saturday.