Broncos fall to #2 Concordia in GPAC championship

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SEWARD, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings College women's basketball team was back in action on Tuesday night as they suffer a loss in the GPAC Championship game to #2 Concordia 60-49.

The Lady Broncos struggled to limited the Bulldogs shooting as they were able to shoot 45.1 percent on the night while forcing 17 turnovers, 9 coming from steals. Hastings struggled to shoot the ball, as they finished the game with just 29.8 percent. Coming into this game, both teams knew it going to be a dogfight and it didn't disappoint.

Both teams to start the game battled back and forth with each other until Concordia was able to take a slim 9-5 lead before baskets from Gabby Grasso (SR/Omaha, NE) and Taylor Beacom (SO/Papillion, NE) tied the game 9-9 with 3:14 left in the first quarter. The Lady Broncos would break the tie with a three from Beacom and then followed it up with a basket from Kaitlyn Schmit (JR/Omaha, NE) to take a 14-9 lead at the end of the first.

Three minutes into the second quarter, Sophia Pankratz (SR/Hastings, NE) would drive to the lane for the basket and would get fouled and made the free throw to make it a 19-12 lead for Hastings. Back-to-back baskets by the Bulldogs would make it a one possession game before Shandra Farmer (SR/Hastings, NE) would drain a three to push the lead back to six with 2:25 left till half. A late turnover by the Lady Broncos would allow Concordia to make the uncontested basket at the buzzer as Hastings would take a 24-22 lead into halftime.

As both teams returned to the court after half, the Bulldogs were able to score first after a free throw and a three-point basket, they would retake the lead now 26-24 just a minute into the third quarter. Emma Grenfell (SR/York, NE) would respond with a three of her own to regain the lead. Trailing by three with 6:50 on the clock, Pankratz would hit a three-pointer to tie the game 30-30. After going back and forth, a basket in the paint by Pankratz would give the Lady Broncos the 36-35 with 2:46 left in the third. Concordia would then go on a 7-0 run to end the quarter with a 42-38.

To start off the fourth, Pankratz would open things up with a three pointer and a pair of free-throws by Schmit would give the Lady Broncos the 43-42 lead with 9:09 to play. After being tied the Bulldogs would put together an 8-0 run to take a 49-43 lead with just over six minutes to play. A cutting the lead to just four with a pair of free-throws by Schmidt, Concordia again put together a 12-2 run to extend their lead to double-digits with just a minute left in the game. Concordia would go on to win 60-49.

Hastings would finish with 36 rebounds just one more than Concordia 35.

Pankratz would lead the Lady Broncos on the day, as she went 6-for-14 for 16 points and picked up five rebounds on the night. Schmit would finish the day with 10 points on 3-for-12 shooting and five rebounds of her own. Grasso scored eight points on 3-for-7 shooting and adding five rebounds as well. Farmer finished with five points, eight rebounds, and six assist on the night. And Beacom had five points coming off of the bench.

Hastings falls to 30-3 (20-2) on the year and will wait for the bracket selection show tomorrow Wed March 4th at 6:00 pm to find out who they will play in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament.