West Platte, North Platte boys go 0-2 in Lawson Invitational

West Platte hung tough for a second time in three games but ultimately ended up out of the Lawson Invitational after a consolation semifinal loss.

Gavin Raney and Phillip Pattison combined for 30 points in a 59-51 loss on Wednesday, Jan. 11 in Lawson, Mo. The Bluejays lost their eighth straight but showed another encouraging sign with a youthful and inexperienced roster.

Nick Miller, a senior, hit his two 3-pointers in the first quarter, helping West Platte stay close. Pattison, a freshman point guard, matched Miller with eight points in the opening quarter, but Gallatin took a 36-28 lead into halftime.

West Platte charged back late with Raney scoring 10 of his 15 in the fourth quarter with his second and third 3-pointers. Gallatin went 17 for 22 on free throws to keep the Bluejays from completing the comeback.

Now at 1-9 overall, West Platte returns to KCI Conference play on Friday, Jan. 20 vs. Lathrop.

Carrollton 63, North Platte 42

A slow second quarter doomed the Panthers in a consolation semifinal matchup Wednesday, Jan. 11 in Lawson, Mo. 

Carrollton put up 21 points in the second quarter to take a 33-22 lead into halftime. North Platte faded down the stretch with no players finishing in double figures for scoring. The Panthers made just 7 of 17 free throws, adding to the offensive woes.

Corbin Green led North Platte with nine points, while Austin Snook and Ben French added eight apiece. The Panthers have lost 5 of their last 6 with the only win coming in KCI play vs. West Platte ahead of the Lawson Tournament. They return to league action Friday, Jan. 20 at Hamilton.