LAUREL, NE — The Ponca girls basketball team didn’t allow a made field goal in the second half and beat Randolph 26-13 to win the Lewis and Clark Conference Championship.
Both teams struggled to get going offensively but Randolph (16-5) was able to take a slim 11-10 lead into halftime. But then, Ponca’s (14-8) pressure defense took the Cardinals completely out of their offense in the second half. Randolph’s only two points of the half came from the free throw line.
The Indians picked up their offense in the second half as well. Kaci Day scored 10 of her game-high 12 points after the break and the Indians were able to double-up the Cardinals. Taylor Lambrecht scored four of her 10 points in the second half.
Ponca forced 23 turnovers and held Randolph to just 18 percent shooting and only five made field goals.
The Cardinals were led by Cindy Haselhorst with six points while Carlee Thies added four points, including the only three-pointer made in the game.
This is Ponca’s first conference championship since dating back to at least 2003 (as far as online NSAA records show). They avenged a buzz-beater loss to Wynot in last season’s conference title game.