Bronco women's basketball get eighth win to remain unbeaten

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings College women's basketball team keeps the ball rolling as they take care of GPAC foe Midland Warriors 73-58 Wednesday at Lynn Farrell Arena.

The 6th ranked Lady Broncos got off to hot start as they built a 10-point lead after baskets by Sophia Pankratz (SR/Hastings, NE) and Shandra Farmer (SR/Hastings, NE) gave the Lady Broncos a 12-2 lead with 6:23 left in the first. After a Midland timeout, the Warriors were able to get their offense going a bit but their defense couldn't slow down the Lady Broncos, as a layup by Gabby Grasso (SR/Omaha, NE) gave them an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

After the start of the second quarter, the Warriors would continue to try and chip at the Lady Broncos lead, as with 4:52 left in the half they found themselves only trailing 27-23. But the Lady Broncos would gain their momentum back as they would go on an 8-to-2 run to take a 35-25 lead into halftime.

The Warriors would continue to struggle defensively against the Lady Broncos coming out the gate as they would go on a 13-to-3 run to start the half with a basket by Farmer and a pair of free throws by Karli Hale (SO/Holdrege, NE) to give the Lady Broncos a 48-28 lead with 4:53 remaining in the third quarter. Kate Bergen (FR/Henderson, NE) would drain a 3-pointer late in the 3rd to push the lead to 53-32. Back and forth baskets by Hastings and Midland would bring the score 55-36 at the end of the third.

Hastings would keep padding their lead and stopping the Warriors defensively as Farmer would drain a three to push the Lady Broncos lead to 64-40 with 8:02 left in the game.

Responding to a Midland three, Pankratz would hit one of her own to give the Lady Broncos a 67-45 lead with just 5:06 left in the game.

Hastings would build the lead to 24 after that three, and after a couple possessions, both teams took out their starters with 3:07 left in the game. The Lady Broncos would go on to win 73-58.

The Lady Broncos were led by Farmer's 20 points, on 6-for-8 shooting and Grasso would finish with 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting and also 4 blocks of her own. Taylor Beacom (SO/Papillion, NE) and Dawson Knode (FR/Haxtun, CO) would follow behind with 8 and 6 points.

Hastings finished the game shooting 49 percent from the floor while Midland would go on to shoot just 33 percent. Midland did win the rebounding battle 36-to-29.

The Lady Broncos would control the turnover battle, as they forced the Warriors to turn over the ball 20 times compared to their own 13.

Hastings is now 8-0 (4-0) on the year and will be back in action Friday Nov. 29 as they host the C3 Hotel Classic taking on Haskell Indiana Nations University at 4:00 p.m. CT and Bellevue University on Sat. Nov. 30 at 3:00 pm CT.