MAXWELL — South Loup’s Colter Glendy hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime at Maxwell on Friday. After a Maxwell turnover, the Bobcats missed a shot at the buzzer for the win, but outscored the Wildcats 10-4 in overtime to win 62-56.
"Colter’s been a starter for us for a year and a half," said Bobcats’ coach Jeff Cole. "He’s a good ballplayer and makes that shot everyday in practice.
"He’s primarily a 3-point shooter. It was definitely a big shot. I was just proud we found a way to win, it just boils down to that. We just kept battling."
In the girls game, the Maxwell Lady Wildcats defeated South Loup 45-35.
The Wildcats led by 10 points twice in the final half of play. Once, at 32-22, on a shot from behind the arc by Kevin Hancock just 3 minutes into the third quarter.
The second came with 7:19 left in the game on a pair of Hancock free throws after Zach Gregg began the quarter with a 3. Hancock, along with teammate Zac Miller, scored 14 points for the game. Hancock had a game-high four 3s and Maxwell ended the contest with 10 treys.
"We got some open looks," said Maxwell coach Travis Klein. "I knew all along we were capable of hitting those shots but haven’t done it [to date]."
South Loup scored first in the extra period. Layton Dockweiler got open inside for two.
Cole said it was important for his team to get up early in overtime.
"You see that a lot," the coach said. "It’s only a 4-minute period. You see a lot that the first team that scores will hold on and the other team panics a little bit."
The Bobcats went up by four, at 57-53 on a 3 from Isaak Cole, but the Wildcats fought back.
Blaker Morrissey scored on a fastbreak and Miller hit 1-of-2 free throws to close to within 57-56. But that was as close as Maxwell could get as South Loup hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final seconds and the Bobcats press caused several Wildcat turnovers.
"South Loup is a good team," Klein said. "They hit the shots when they needed to and we didn’t come through late. The press really bothered us at the end of the game."
"I was awful proud of [my team] because we were down 10 points twice," Cole said. "[Maxwell] shot the heck out of the ball.
"I tell our kids if you see the ball go through the net a couple of times you start shooting with confidence and they were making them."
The Bobcats had three in double-figure scoring and two with nine points. Dockweiler had a game-high 16 points and Eamon Schwarz and Isaak Cole each had 13 points.
"Any of our top five can go off at any time," said Cole. "I told them at the start of the year we don’t need a 20-point scorer. We would just like to have three or four average in double figures and we’re not that far off. It’s what they’ve done all year."
Maxwell had leads of 9-7 after a quarter and 15-13 lead at half. The Wildcats carried a 37-32 lead into the final quarter.
"That’s the best we’ve looked all season," said Klein. "I’m really proud of our kids, the effort they gave tonight.
"Tonight we showed up to play and hit some early that gave us a lot of confidence. We don’t feel to bad about tonight."
Maxwell (2-10) .......... 9 15 13 15 4 — 56
South Loup (6-4) ....... 7 13 12 20 10 — 62
MAXWELL: Marcus Miller 4, Zach Gregg 10, Blaker Morrissey 9, Hunter Schleicher 2, Kevin Hancock 14, Bryson Keller 3, Zac Miller 14.
SOUTH LOUP: Layton Dockweiler 16, Colter Glendy 9, Trevor Halstead 9, Eamon Schwarz 13, Isaak Cole 13, Kaden Ellis 2.
3-pointers: Maxwell 10 — M. Miller 1, Gregg 3, Morrissey 1, Hancock 4, Keller 1; South Loup 8 — Glendy 2, Schwarz 3, Cole 3.
Lady Wildcats win
Josie Cox scored a game-high 21 points in leading the Maxwell Lady Wildcats to a 45-35 win over South Loup.
"We had very good passes tonight, so I took it to the rack," Cox said. "The passes were just right to my hands."
Cox also had five blocked shots and eight rebounds in the contest.
"I took into account they were a big team so I just wanted to go up strong," said the 6-1 sophomore post. "I just needed to stay out of foul trouble and keep my hands up."
"She’s a great presence in the lane defensively," said Maxwell coach Mitch Armour. "She stops a lot of drives just from being there."
Maxwell and South Loup battled through three quarters of play on Friday. Maxwell led 10-8 after a quarter of play and the score was knotted at 19-all as the teams headed to their locker rooms at half.
Maxwell and South Loup traded leads in quarter three and with just nine ticks on the clock, Emma Badgley gave the Lady Bobcats a slim 30-29 advantage heading into the final frame with a basket in the paint.
"South Loup stayed in really tough," Armour said. "They never gave up the entire game."
Maxwell started the fourth quarter with a six-point run to take a 35-30 lead with 6:26 to go in the game. South Loup cut the lead to just one at 5:16 after going 4-for-4 at the line.
But the final 4:02 belonged to the Lady Wildcats. Maxwell ended the game by outscoring the Lady Bobcats 10-1 and were 5-for-6 in the final 1:04 at the free throw line.
Cox had a rebound and put back and Anna Crane hit one of her two 3s to force a South Loup timeout and stretch the lead to five.
"Our girls just stuck with it, kept playing and we were able to sneak a win," Armour said. "We got a run when we needed it and were able to capitalize on it at the end."
Badgley was the only Lady Bobcat in double figures scoring with 10 points.
"Our girls are really playing good defense right now, moving with the ball and moving their feet," Armour said.
Maxwell (7-5) .......... 10 9 10 16 — 45
South Loup (6-5) ..... 8 11 11 5 — 35
MAXWELL: Rachel Stubbs 5, Anna Crane 6, Bailee Keller 9, Josie Cox 21, Tracy Blake 4.
SOUTH LOUP: Haley Reed 6, Savanah Weverka 2, Shayla Dockweiler 7, Jordan Rush 5, Emma Badgley 10, Racheal Smith 2, Michaela Weverka 3.
3-pointers: Maxwell 2 — Crane 2.