GIRLS: CLASS B NO. 1 PLATTEVIEW 42, NO. 5 WAVERLY 35 See more shots from Saturday on NEPrepZone.com
WAVERLY, Neb. — The Platteview girls showed during the weekend that they can win low-scoring, defensive battles, as well.
The unbeaten Trojans were held nearly 20 points below their season average for the second straight night, but the top-ranked team in Class B relied on its solid defense to down No. 5 Waverly 42-35 Saturday.
Platteview, which averaged 61 points through its first 12 games, picked up a 41-27 win at Omaha Concordia on Friday before turning back Waverly, which upset No. 2 Elkhorn South 36-28 Friday.
"I think we can do good things, like being able to win games like that," said Platteview sophomore Payton Brotzki, who scored a game-high 21 points. "We just said we had to be aware of their shooters. We talked about that at practice, that they had girls who could knock down 3s."
Waverly did just that in the first quarter. The Vikings were 4 of 6 from behind the arc as McKenna Hoy and Mikenzie Delgado each hit two.
Waverly trailed 15-14 after one quarter and grabbed a 21-20 lead when Emily Clarke hit another 3 with 5:30 left in the first half. But after that trey, Waverly didn't make another field goal against Platteview's 3-2 zone for more than 19 minutes — Clark finally broke that drought with a layup with 2:12 to play.
"That's the good news. The bad news is we weren't scoring," said Platteview coach Ron Coughlin, whose team's biggest lead was 38-27. "We knew it was going to be low scoring. Thank goodness we played good defense."
Platteview got some separation from the Vikings midway through the third as Brotzki hit 3-pointers from the right corner on back-to-back possessions to make it 32-25 at the 4:55 mark.
The Trojans' lead gradually grew to 11 before Waverly made a final push.
Hoy banked in a 3-pointer to cut the Vikings' deficit to 39-34 with 47 seconds left, and an Ashley Cook free throw made it 39-35 with 24 seconds left. But Colby Duvel made a free throw of her own a second later to make it 40-35, and then fittingly Brotzki stole the ball and drove in for a layup with 11 seconds left to ice the win.
Brotzki, who came into the weekend averaging 27.5 points per game, scored 10 of Platteview's 16 second-half points Saturday. She had scored nine against Concordia, but Coughlin said she had missed two days of practice during the week because of the flu.
This month, Platteview has a home win over No. 4 Gretna and Saturday's road win at Waverly. Those wins, especially the way the Trojans won at Waverly, had Coughlin smiling Saturday night.
"Right now, nothing could be better," Coughlin said.