HARTINGTON, NE — The Ponca Indians scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to hold off Wynot and win the Lewis and Clark Conference championship 54-38.
Defense set the tone early in this game. The two teams forced a combined 24 turnovers in the first half. Ponca (20-2) jumped ahead 6-0 and held a 10-9 lead after one quarter.
Kaci Day scored 11 first-half points to help Ponca to a seven-point advantage to the break.
Wynot (14-5) held close throughout the third quarter but couldn’t keep up in the fourth. The Indians made free throws down the stretch and limited the Blue Devils to just eight points the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Ponca has won the girls title two years in a row.
Ponca: Day 19, Lambrecht 12, Salmen 7, Gill 6, Crosgrove 2, Hughes 2, McGill 2, Fethkenhner 1
Wynot: Kaitlyn Heimes 11, Heine 8, Karley Heimes 8, Planer 7, Lawson 2, Edyn Sudbeck 2