The Nashua-Plainfield and Riceville boys and girls basketball teams split a non-conference match up on Tuesday night. In game one the Riceville girls prevailed, on the strength of a 14 point effort by O’Malley Fair. Nashua-Plainfield was able to keep the game close down the stretch, pulling to within two point late in the game. However, the Wildcats made free throws down the stretch to ice the game. The Huskies had strong games from Breanna Hackman (14 points) and Libby Fisher (11 points), but it wasn’t quite enough to top Riceville. The Nashua-Plainfield girls team is now 2-8 on the season, while the win pushes the Riceville girls to 7-3.
In the night cap, the Riceville boys opened the game on a 15-5 run before the Huskies were able to claw their way back into the game. The first half ended with the score 27-23 in favor of the visiting Wildcats. In the third period points were hard to come by for both teams as a total of ten points were netted. The fourth period featured a wild flurry of shots and an eventual tie at 38 each. In overtime the Wildcats put the first two points on the board before back-to-back buckets put the Huskies up by two. This lead to an exciting finish. With Riceville leading by four with 34 seconds to play Nashua-Plainfield called a timeout. The conference worked, as the Huskies leading scorer, Austin Bienemann, nailed a three pointer with 19.6 seconds remaining to pull the Huskies with one. On the inbound pass Nashua-Plainfield attempted to foul Riceville’s Sullivan Fair, but prior to the foul a travel was called, giving the Huskies the ball with just 16 seconds remaining in the game. After another time out the Huskies tried to get the ball back to Bienemann in the left corner. Stout Wildcat defense took away any options for a shot and Bienemann fired across the court to the right wing to Freshman Bo Harrington. Harrington put up the final shot of the night with 4 seconds to go and watched it sail into the net to lock up a win for Nashua-Plainfield. Bienemann finished the game with 17 points on the night, while Bo Harrington netted 11. The Huskies Dawson Lamborn was the third leading scorer for Nashua-Plainfield with 9. For the Wildcats, Sullivan Fair score 18 on the night to lead all scorers. Brady Koenigs finished a strong performance with 11 points. The win for the Huskies pushes their record to 5-4, while Riceville falls to 2-7.