3/11/2013 10:27:08 AM
North Platte CC Lady Knights Advance to National Tournament
The Region IX Champion North Platte Community College Lady Knights women's basketball team (15-14) won the Division II District F and advanced to the National Tournament with a victory over the Region XIII Champion Dakota College at Bottineau Ladyjacks (12-20) 64-40 on Sunday.
The Lady Knights raced out to 30-16 halftime lead and never looked back. In the first half the Lady Knights shot 38 percent from the field while holding the Ladyjacks to 29 percent shooting. The difference in the game was offensive rebounding and turnovers as the Lady Knights had 14 offensive rebounds to the Ladyjacks four and only six turnovers to 10 turnovers for the Ladyjacks. This led to the Lady Knights attempting 64 shots to only 41 for the Ladyjacks.
The Lady Knights were led by Paige Hasty and DaVontaye Merritt led all scorers with 20 points on the afternoon. Merritt had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Jordan Dickerson also had a big game as she contributed eight points, seven rebounds, and four assists. The Ladyjacks were led by Jackie Miller who had 15 points.
With the victory the Lady Knights advance to the National Tournament held in East Peoria, Ill. at Illinois Central College March 19-23.