KCI basketball roundup: Lawson beats North Platte for 2nd time this month

For the second time in two weeks, Lawson defeated North Platte in a girls basketball game.

The Cardinals won on Monday, Jan. 14, 50-30 in the Lawson Tournament, after beating the Panthers in a KCI Conference game on Jan. 4.

The latest game was rescheduled from this previous week after weather called off games in Lawson. 

Lawson held a slim 7-6 lead after a quarter, but outscored North Platte 21-8 in the second quarter and didn’t look back. Lawson hit four 3-pointers in the second, while North Platte shot 10 free throws and made two of them.

Laken Manns scored a game-high 13 for Lawson, while Alli Hatch had 12 and Taylor Dolt hit three 3s on her way to 10. McKenzie Brockhoff, Janell Manville and Grace Rice all had five points to lead the scoring for North Platte.

Carrollton boys 53, North Platte 51

The Trojans rallied from a six-point deficit entering the fourth to beat the Panthers in a consolation game in the Lawson Tournament on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

The teams were tied at 27 at halftime, but seven points from Joel Smyser and four each from Ty French and Jesse Martin helped North Platte take a 45-39 lead going into the fourth.

The Panthers had only two baskets in the fourth, both 3s by Caine Huffman, while missing two free throws in the close loss.

Huffman finished with 16, while French had 14. Four players scored in double figures for Carrollton, with Hunter Peel leading the way with 13.

Richmond girls 41, West Platte 36

Down by two at halftime, the Bluejays gave up 16 points in the third quarter and couldn’t overcome the double-digit deficit going into the final frame.

The Bluejays gave up only one basket in the fourth and poor free throw shooting by the Trojans kept the game close. Lea Moose scored 13 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth for West Platte, which is still winless.  Ava Murphy had 15 for Richmond, but hit only 5 of 13 free throws. McKenzie McBee hit 12 of 14 and finished with 14 points.

West Platte boys 80, Trenton 66

Two players scored more than 20 points to pick up a win on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

That sent the Bluejays to the third-place game, but weather issues forced the showdown to be postponed until next month.

West Platte (4-6) trailed after the first quarter, 17-15, but dominated the rest of the way. Philip Pattison finished with nine of his 22 points in the first half as West Platte took a 29-25 advantage.

In the third quarter, West Platte scored 32 points — while Trenton had 22 — to build a 13-point lead. Brayden Cogan hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 11 points, while Pattison had 11 as well, getting seven from the free-throw line. Cogan added eight more of his game-high 23 points in the fourth to seal the win for the Bluejays.

Hunter Hendricks added 16 and Noah Johnson had 14, including a team-high four 3-pointers, for West Platte.

North Platte girls 61, Carrollton 21

The Panthers opened up the tournament with a win on Tuesday, Jan. 8, thrashing Carrollton. The North Platte defense gave up only three field goals the entire game and held the Trojans without a single point in the fourth quarter.

North Platte posted 14 points in the first quarter, followed by 19 in the second quarter — eight coming from Grace Rice. A 22-point third quarter saw seven different players score at least two points. Rice finished with 15, while McKenzie Brockhoff had 14. McKenzie Sams added 10 for the Panthers.

Richmond boys 70, West Platte 42

Down by two baskets at halftime, the Bluejays were held to only 17 points in the second half in a loss on Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the Lawson Tournament. 

The Trojans scored 20 points in the third and added 19 more in the fourth quarter. 

Phillip Pattison led West Platte with nine points, scoring all of them in the first half. 

Trenton girls 66, West Platte 21

The Class 3 No. 3-ranked Bulldogs built a 39-6 lead at halftime and didn’t look back in a win on Monday, Jan. 7.

Maci Moore had 12 of Trenton’s 21 points in the first quarter and the Bulldogs held the Bluejays to only one basket in second quarter. Moore finished with a game-high 25.

Lea Moose scored all 10 of her points in the second half to pace West Platte’s offense.

Lawson 43, North Platte 30

The slow second half scoring cost the Panthers in the opening round of the Lawson Tournament on Monday, Jan. 7.

North Platte fell behind 28-18 at the break, but were limited to just 12 points in the second half against the Cardinals, who beat North Platte 48-40 on Jan. 4.

Coleman Weber led all scorers with 22, as the Cardinal standout started slow but tallied at least six points over the final three frames. Isaac Trout added 15 points. 

Chase Bridger scored eight to lead the offense for the Panthers.

Up Next

North Platte will host the North Platte Invitational starting Monday, Jan. 21.

That day will feature the North Platte boys facing No. 2 seed Jefferson at 8:15 p.m. Earlier in the day will be the top-seeded Mid-Buchanan girls facing West Platte at 4:30 p.m.

The North Platte girls play Mound City at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, while West Platte boys battle Plattsburg, the No. 3 seed, at 5:45 p.m. 

The consolation bracket games are Wednesday and Friday, while the winner’s bracket games are Thursday and Saturday. The lone exception is the girls third-place game which will be on Friday night.