Brayden Cogan dribbled down the court, looking to pass to Xavier Reynolds (10-) or Phillip Pattison (15).
The Lady Jays came out fireing in their Conference basketball game against the North Platte Lady Panthers. In the first quarter and the beginning of the second period the Lady Jays looked like the were capable of pulling off an upset.
Katie Tharp made two 3 point baskets and one in the paint for 8 early points and a 12-2 West Platte lead before the North Platte coach called a time out to get the Lady Panthers organized. North Platte scored the last five points in the quarter to trail 12-7 at the end of the second quarter.
The Lady Panthers took their first lead in the game at 15-14 as their relentless pressure smothered the Lady Jays offense. North Platte led 23-16 at half time and gradually pulled away for a 46-30 win.
Next week the Class 2, District 16 basketball tournament starts on Monday at East Buchanan High School in Gower. The Lady Jays enter the tournament as the eighth seed and meet the top seed East Buchanan Lady Bulldogs at 4:30 pm.
Bette Shafer looked for the rebound against North Platte’s Jaylin Burgess, Lonee French and McKenzie Brockhoff. North Platte’s Jordyn Smith (34) and West Platte’s Katie Tharp (12) and Lucy Bartee (23) are in the background.
Zoe Buckler and Coy Taylor were crowned Courtwarming Queen and King at the West Platte Courtwarming Dance Saturday night. In a departure of many years’ standing, the initial crowning was not made at the game Friday night. All the candidates were introduced there, but the coronation was saved for the dance..
In a game that was close most of the way, the West Platte Blue Jays overcame a scrappy North Platte team to win 65-59 in a home basketball game.
First half action was a see saw game with neither team able to mount a run. Behind Miles DeMayo's six points on two 3 point baskets the Blue Jays ended the first quarter with a slim 9-7 lead.
The Panthers came out with a 7 point run for a 5 point lead, the largest by either team in the first half. The Blue Jays kept the game close as the came within one point by the end of the first half, trailing only by 1 point at half time.
The Blue Jays won the third quarter battle as they outscored the Panthers 15-8 in the quarter. Their six point lead at the end of the quarter was the largest in the game to the point.
West Platte led throughout the fourth quarter, twice by as many as 9 points, only to see the Panthers fight back to come within 4 points. Phillip Pattison put the game away by making four free throws at the end of the game as West Platte won 65-59.
Next week is the District basketball tournament at East Buchanan High School in Gower. The Blue Jays are the sixth seed at play North Andrew at 9:00 next Tuesday, February 25.