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Broncos get back to .500 with win over Flames

Kaitlyn Schmit’s career day guides Hastings College to win over the College of Saint Mary, 71-62
Published: Nov. 28, 2020 at 7:09 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings College women’s basketball team were able to defend home court on Saturday, extinguishing the Flames of the College of Saint Mary, 71-62, behind a career-high scoring performance by Kaitlyn Schmit (SR/Omaha, NE).

Schmit, who set a career high of 22 points in a game just two games prior to Saturday against Midland, eclipsed her career high with 23 points on 8-for-16 shooting, 3-for-7 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.

The Broncos (2-2, 2-1 Great Plains Athletic Conference) conceded the first basket of the game to the Flames, but this lead was short lived for Flames as the Broncos would answer with a 7-0 run. This would be one of two 7-0 runs, along with an 8-0 run, that the Broncos had in the first quarter. These hot runs by the Broncos allowed them to take a 25-15 lead after the first quarter.

Both teams were able to start with a run of their own at the beginning of the second quarter, with the Flames opening up on a 6-0 run to make it a four-point Bronco lead. The lead was squandered when the Broncos answered with their own 11-2 run and took a 37-23 lead.

In the final 3:28 of the second quarter, the Broncos were kept at bay, only scoring two points on a Dawson Knode (SO/Haxtun, CO) shot in the paint. The Flames were unable to capitalize fully on the opportunity, only getting to within eight of the Broncos, 39-31.

The Flames continued their run into the following minute of the third quarter, ending it on a 7-0 run to get the score within three, 39-36, with 8:54 on the clock. With the game within one possession, Schmit started her hot-shooting in the third quarter, getting a three-pointer to go.

Carley Leners (FR/Beatrice, NE) and Ali Smith (JR/Ord, NE) were able to add five points to put the Broncos ahead, 47-38, at the 7:45 mark of the third quarter. It took nearly three minutes for either team to score again, but it was Leners who broke the scoreless streak for both teams.

In the final two minutes of the third quarter, Schmit scored eight of her 11 points to give the Broncos a crucial eight-point lead going into the final 10 minutes of play.

In the fourth quarter, the Broncos made quick work of the Flames, answering each basket from the Flames with one of their own.

Alongside Schmit’s career day, Smith, Leners, and Taylor Beacom (JR/Papillion, NE) all added to the double-digit scoring performances by the Broncos with 13, 10, and 10 points, respectively. Knode also chimed in with seven points.

As a team, the Broncos’ shooting could not be stopped by the Flames, going 26-for-60 (.433 field goal percentage) from the field, 12-for-20 (.600 three-point percentage) from beyond the arc, and 7-for-9 (.778 free throw percentage) from the free throw line.

The Broncos will now look to keep their two-game winning streak alive when the defending NAIA Division II National Champion (No title in 2020, and the two NAIA basketball divisions merged before the beginning of the 2020-21 season) and No. 11 Concordia Bulldogs come to Lynn Farrell Arena on Wed., Dec. 2. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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