HARTINGTON — The Hartington-Newcastle Lady Wildcats suffered a pair of setbacks last week.
The Lady Cats looked to be in good shape early Tuesday against Wakefield-Allen, staking a claim to an early 17-13 lead in the first quarter.
The visitors from the East rebounded in the second quarter to outscore the Lady Cats 16-8 and take a 29-25 lead into the halftime break.
Wakefield-Allen took control in the second half, outscoring the Purple Pride 22-9 in the third quarter. HNS put together a 10-9 fourth-quarter scoring run, but it was too little, too late.
Abbe Morten paced the HNS offense, dropping in 27 points.
Hartington-Newcastle 17 8 9 10 — 44 Wakefield-Allen 13 16 22 9 — 60
HNS - Abbe Morten, 27; Alivia Morten, 7; Kayden Jueden, 6; Keanna Korth, 2; Keelyey Wiepen, 1; Keanna Korth, 1.
HNS - Abbe Morten, 9; Kayden Jueden, 8; Keanna Korth, 5; Mackenna Clarkson, 5.
Pierce got in front of the Lady Wildcats early and never looked back Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Jays stormed out of the gates on a 20-11 first-quarter run, then extended their lead to 30-20 at halftime. The Lady Jays again came out strong to start the second half, putting together a 19-4 run to seal the game.
The Lady Cats out-scored the Lady Jays 18-12 in the final frame, but by then the outcome had already been decided.
Hartington-Newcastle 11 9 4 18 — 42 Pierce 20 10 19 12— 61