CCC went scoreless over the final three minutes while NPCC rattled off a 13-0 run en route to a 68-60 victory in the Region IX Tournament title game at Raider Fieldhouse.
Maddie Davis put the Raiders up 60-55 with just over three minutes to play on her second three-point bucket. However, NPCC’s Madisyn Francis’ back-to-back three-point baskets put the Knights up for good, 61-60.
It was a game of runs with the Knights reeling off an 8-2 spurt to start the game before leading 17-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Raiders answered back with a 12-4 run to open the second period before NPCC put together a 12-2 run for a 33-23 halftime lead.
CCC owned the third period by outscoring the Knights, 23-7 to post a 46-40 advantage at the end of the quarter. The Raiders posted their biggest lead at 53-44 early on in the final stanza before NPCC went on to the victory.
“We just could not get anything going,” said CCC head coach Billy Perkins. “North Platte did a good job staying aggressive on the boards and hustling.”
Following the game, Brooks and Gardner were named to the Region IX All-Tournament team.
The loss gives the Raiders a final mark of 10-15 for the 2018-19 season.
“I am proud of the team for getting better each day throughout the season,” said Perkins.