Trice pours in career high points, but NC girls’ fall against Blue Jays

Waylon Bennett

Despite Patricia Trice scoring a career high 20 points, the Ashland-Greenwood Jays were able to hit key back-to-back three-point shots in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 50-38 win over the Pioneers on Friday, Jan. 3, at Nebraska City.

Nebraska City trailed 37-30 in the fourth quarter when Kiara Libal knocked down two-straight threes and the Bluejays separated themselves from the Pioneers for the win.

Trice scored the first points of the game after getting an offensive rebound and putting the ball in for the score.

Reese Madsen put an end to a Bluejay 11-0 run when she hit a 12-foot jump shot with 3:30 left in the first quarter.

Nebraska City had possessed of the ball under its own basket and set up an inbound play to Halle Thompson who drained a jumper from the side. Nebraska City trailed 11-6.

Down by five points, Alexis Hoover stole the ball from the Bluejays and raced down for the lay-up.  For the second time in the first period, Madsen hit another outside jumper to get NC within one point, 13-12. Ashland hit a three with 20 seconds left and the Bluejays led 16-12 after one.

In the second period, Trice scored back-to-back buckets followed by a made free-throw from Abby Balfour. Ashland led 20-18 before Trice made a strong move towards the basket for the score and foul. After Trice hit the free-throw, NC had a one point lead.

Nebraska City showed nice ball movement with over a minute to play in the second period.  

That’s when Chloe Schaulis found a wide open Hoover, who swished the three-pointer and NC had a 24-20 advantage.  Ashland tied the game at 24-24 thanks to a pair of free-throws, and, with 20 seconds left, the Bluejays hit a shot before heading into halftime.

Ashland went on a 8-0 run to start the third. Nebraska City ended the run after breaking a press put on by the Bluejays and Thompson was wide open for the score.  

The Pioneers were trailing 34-26 with under five minutes left in the third quarter.  Casey Smith received the ball at the top of the key and shot a high arching three that swished through to get NC within five points.  Ashland answered with a three pointer of its own.  With 42 seconds left, Trice hit a free-throw. Nebraska City trailed by seven at the end of the third.

Trice scored all eight points for the Pioneers in the fourth quarter. Regrettably, NC could not pick up its first win on the year.

Scoring: Trice, 20; Hoover, six; Thompson and Madsen, four each; Smith, three; Balfour, one.

Nebraska City (0-10) will be at Falls City (2-8) on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Game time is set for 6 p.m.