Cougar and Coyote Girls Open Nebraska Basketball Showcase with OT | Sports


KEARNEY – When the Viaero Center had to give up hosting the Nebraska Girls Basketball Showcase due to heating issues, Kearney High School stepped in and allowed the games to take place on their premises.

On Saturday, the No.7 Anselmo-Merna Coyotes in the D2 class needed overtime to beat the Cross County Cougars 53-52 in the first of an eight-game schedule.

The Cougars led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, but the Coyotes tied the game to 25-25 at halftime.

The Cougars (7-6) took the lead 35-33 before the last eight minutes, but Anselmo-Merna won the fourth quarter forcing OT at 45-45.

The Coyotes held on for the point win when they won in overtime 8-7.

Jaide Chandler, senior Anselmo-Merna, scored a high 25 points on 8 of 15 shots from the field and also registered one of the team’s four 3 points. The Coyotes also got a solid effort from junior 5-11 Shaylyn Safranek as she scored 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Cross County was led by scoring by senior Chloe Sandell with 16 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Lilly Peterson scored 13 points and added six rebounds.

AM was 18 of 47 from the field for 38%, while the Cougars had 18 of 42 shots for 43%. CC was 6 of 15 from the 3 point range, Peterson making three of those baskets on 3 of 6 shots.

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