Mackenzie Liakos powers Bridgeport past Chase County
IMPERIAL - Junior Mackenzie Liakos banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer and the Bridgeport girls basketball team erased a five-point deficit in the final 24 seconds of regulation to force overtime Tuesday night at Chase County High School in Imperial.
Liakos, who finished with 11 points for the game, went 4-4 at the free-throw line in the four-minute extra period and the Bulldogs never trailed the Longhorns in overtime, outscoring them, 9-3, to remain unbeaten with a 57-51 victory.
Sophomore Olivia Loomis-Goltl cut the Chase County lead to three with a layup and then setup Liakos for the game-tying shot after stealing the ball at half court. Loomis-Goltl finished with 17 points.
Bridgeport trailed by as much as seven in the second half.
Junior Ruthie Loomis-Goltl led Bridgeport (7-0) with 20 points. She fouled out of the game with under three minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
Chase County junior Bryn McNair led all scores with 29 points.
The Longhorns finished with 31 rebounds, compared to 20 for the Bulldogs. Chase County (5-2) turned the ball over 24 times. Bridgeport had 17 turnovers.
The Bridgeport boys had three players in double figures on their way to their second-straight win with a 54-40 victory over Chase County.
Junior Kason Loomis had a game-high 18 points, senior Braxten Swires added 17 and senior Mason Nichols chipped in 10 to help the Bulldogs improve to 4-3 this season.
Sophomore Jensen Olsen and junior Kade Anderson led the Longhorns with eight points each.
Chase County (0-6) outrebounded Bridgeport 20-19, but turned the ball over 15 times. The Bulldogs had 10 turnovers.
Both Bridgeport teams will return to action after the Christmas holiday. The Bulldogs host North Platte St. Pat's on Dec. 30.
Both Chase County teams will be at the Sidney Holiday Tournament beginning next Monday.