Millard South stepped up its defense against Ale’jah Douglas on Thursday night, and the result was another Patriots victory.

Douglas, who tied a Metro Conference record by scoring 43 against top-ranked Millard South two weeks ago, was held to 14 as the host Patriots won 61-55. Coach Bryce Meyers’ squad moved to 5-0 while the Huskies fell to 3-2.

“Obviously, we needed to pay more attention to her,” the coach said. “We tried to contest every one of her shots as much as possible.”

The 5-foot-5 Douglas, who was hounded much of the game by 5-11 Maddie Krull, was held to two points in the first half and 12 in the second.

Despite Douglas’ 43-point effort in that first game, Millard South prevailed 72-71. The Patriots’ Jayme Horan scored 37 in that contest and, along with Krull, she played another major role Thursday night.

Horan finished with a team-high 23 points and 14 rebounds while Krull had 22 points and six boards. Horan was especially effective in the final period, scoring 12 after the Huskies had closed to 42-41 after three quarters.

“Those are the two kids we want with the basketball,” Meyers said. “They were both able to make a lot of plays tonight.”

Millard South led 19-9 after the first quarter and 27-22 at halftime. A Douglas 3-pointer late in the third quarter gave Northwest a short-lived lead, but a three-point play by Horan put the Patriots back ahead 42-41.

Horan then scored the first seven points of the final quarter as Millard South extended its lead to eight. The Huskies were unable to get closer than four the rest of the way.

“We came out a little flat and it cost us,” Northwest coach Genese Hodges said. “Then when we got close they pulled away again in the fourth quarter, so that was kind of frustrating.”

The Huskies got a big game from Caliana Fenceroy, who scored a game-high 25. She had nine in the final period, but it wasn’t enough as Northwest fell to Millard South for the second time.

“They’re a tough team to play,’’ Meyers said. “They make you play helter -skelter, so you have to figure out how to handle that.’’

The Huskies’ pressure forced 21 turnovers, but Horan and Krull, who combined for 17 of the Patriots’ 19 fourth-quarter points, led the way to victory.

“I told our girls not to hang their heads,” Hodges said. “We might see them a couple more times this season, so hopefully we’ll play with confidence and play hard for 32 minutes.”

The Patriots return to action Friday night at Papillion-La Vista South. The Huskies’ next game is Saturday at Omaha South.

Omaha Northwest (3-2)..............9 13 19 14—55

At Millard South (5-0)...................19 8 15 19—61

NW: Nevaeh McKinney 2, Ale’jah Douglas 14, Brooklyn Busby 1, Caliana Fenceroy 25, Alyssa Gappa 2, Kaylynn Tucker 8, Kaylah Lemon 3.

MS: Jayme Horan 23, Kenzi Hoit 7, Makenna Bray 7, Chloe Carr 2, Maddie Krull 22.

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Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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