The Lexington hoops squads battled some of the best at the GNAC Tourney that was held in North Platte Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
In the Minutemaids opening contest they went toe-to-toe with Kearney. Lexington fell behind early and their late charge wasn’t enough, as Kearney netted the 56-31 victory over the Minutemaids on Thursday.
Lexington trailed 17-8 at the end of the first quarter and then 32-14 at halftime. Entering the final quarter of regulation, the Maids hoped to dent the 44-23 deficit.
The Lady Cats were able to hold off the late charges by the Lexington hoopsters 12-8 during the fourth quarter to net the 56-31 win.
In the Minutemen’s opening contest, they were edged by Norfolk, 59-49 in a closer than the score indicates contest.
Lexington was shooting a high percentage during the first quarter of play, as they led by two-points, 14-12 against the highly touted Panthers.
The Lexington boys continued to flourish on the offensive end during the second stanza as they flexed the net for 13-points to hold a 27-24 lead at the break.
During the third quarter of play, Norfolk switched defenses and gained ground on the scoreboard, as the Panthers outscored Lexington 18-13 during the initial eight minutes after halftime to then take a 42-40 into the fourth quarter.
Lexington was able to charge back in the fourth quarter and take the lead with just four minutes to play, but it was Norfolk that was able to turn the tide at the charity stripe to escape with a 59-49 victory.
Dylan Richman led the Orange and Black with 17 points.
Jake Leger dropped in 10 points for Lexington.
In the consolation semifinal round, the Minutemaids were defeated by North Platte, 47-41 in a hard-fought battle on the hardwood.
In the Lexington boys consolation semifinal match-up, the Orange and Black fell behind early and weren’t able to recover as they were defeated by the Discoverers, 60-47.
Lexington hung close during the first quarter as they trailed Columbus by two-points, 14-12 before the Discoverers exploded to a 36-20 lead at the break.
The Discoverers were able to hold off all late charges to win 60-47.
Lexington’s Nick Saiz and Andrew Saiz had 13 and 10 points, respectively.
In their final contest, the Lexington girls were defeated by McCook, 58-44 in the seventh place game.
The Minutemen defeated McCook in an offensive shootout 64-59 to finish seventh overall.
Dylan Richman led Lex with 16 points.