NELIGH – Neligh-Oakdale hosted Battle Creek in a Class C-2 double header on Tuesday night.
In the girls game, Battle Creek (10-11) came in to the match-up riding a three game losing streak while Neligh-Oakdale (2-18) had lost four straight games.
Battle Creek went into the half leading 24-16, but both teams struggled to keep possession of the ball in the first half and combined for 27 turnovers.
The Bravettes started the the third quarter on a 8-0 run and never looked back as they went on to win 60-28 and a lot of credit given to their defense for forcing 29 turnovers for Neligh-Oakdale and holding the Warriors to a shooting percentage of 25%.
Alexis Jensen (Neligh-Oakdale) led all scorers with 14 points, while Battle Creek used a balance attack with 10 different players scoring.
In the boys game, it was a wild series of runs by both teams. In a revenge game for Neligh-Oakdale (who lost to Battle Creek on December 30), it was Battle Creek who jumped out of the gates and lead 20-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Neligh-Oakdale head coach Frank Gade had some words for his team at the quarter break and the Warriors came back and scored 27 points in the second quarter and took a 32-29 lead heading into halftime.
Both teams started the third quarter exchanging baskets but the Braves were able to close the quarter on a 12-2 run and led by one going to the fourth quarter.
After foul trouble caught up with the Braves and senior Josh Schick was held scoreless in the fourth quarter, Neligh-Oakdale was able to take the lead and extend it with free throws late in the game to clinch a 70-61 win.
Neligh-Oakdale improved to 19-3 on the season while Battle Creek fell to 10-11.
The Warriors were led by senior Grant White who led all scorers with 27 points. Tyson Belitz added 23 points for Neligh-Oakdale and Josh Schick led Battle Creek with 21 points in the loss.