Barbara Lawlor, Nederland. On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Nederland High School Panthers hosted the Bellevue Christian Bruins who fought their way to the lead in the fourth quarter, 30-23.
Nederland hit the floor with energy and accuracy, taking an 8-5 lead. Karen Sorokach scored six points and the Panthers were making it happen.
The score see-sawed in the second quarter, with Sorokach finding the basket and Sydney Nation also punching one in.
The first half ended with the Bruins finding a three-pointer and surging ahead 14-12. It was anybody’s game and the intensity continued through the third quarter as Breegan McClish found her stride, for a few points. Sorokach made a last second shot and the game was tied at 20 going into the final period.
Bellevue moved ahead by three. Helen Cross hit a field goal and a free throw and tied the game at 23. The Bruins grabbed a three-pointer and four free throws to end the game.
The Panthers played hard and kept their energy to the end of the game.
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(Originally published in the December 21, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)