The Holdrege Dusters came into town to take on the York Dukes at York High School on Friday night. In the end, the Lady Dukes were too much for the Dusters, and they grab their 14th win of the season with a 35-29 win.
The Dukes started the game slowly, trailing 6-0 out of the gates before Maddie Portwine knocked in two free throws before the end of the first quarter. For the Dusters, Mallory Pfeifer and Jirsie Klein had 4 points each in the quarter.
From there, the Duke’s offense caught a rhythm. They would score 12 second-quarter points to take a narrow halftime lead. Once the game got into the final stages, the Dukes pressure-filled, full-court defense, and length were able to keep Holdrege from doing much on the offensive end the second half.
For York, Natalia Dick, who left the game in the third quarter because of injury, came back and led the team in points with 10. Portwine finished with 7. Destiny Shepard added 8, and Masa
Scheierman and Addison Legg both had 5. Klein led Holdrege in points with 11.
The York Dukes won their third game in the last five contests on Friday night in a 55-36 win over the Holdrege Dusters.
These two teams played not even one week before, with York getting a 12-point win. This time, the Dukes piled on with key second half, momentum-changing three-pointers.
Senior Reed Malleck got things going for the Dukes early in both halves. With his team searching for buckets to start the first and third quarters, Malleck hit two threes to begin each half respectively, on his way to a 12 point performance with four threes.
The Dusters also had a sharp-shooter. Dashton Edgren had three, first-half threes and it was a close 21-20 lead for the Dukes at halftime. The Dukes took advantage of three of Malleck’s four threes in the third quarter to take a sizable, 41-26 lead to start the final quarter.
Malleck led the way with 12 points. Andrew Clark had 9. Jake Erwin finished with 8, and Matt Haggadone had 7. Edgren led the Dusters with 11 points.