Humboldt Lady Cubs fend off Yates Center challenge

Humboldt High’s girls made several key defensive stops down the stretch Thursday to ward off a spirited challenge from Yates Center.

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February 26, 2021 - 1:26 PM

HUMBOLDT — Humboldt High’s girls made several key defensive stops down the stretch Thursday to ward off a spirited challenge from Yates Center.

None were more prevalent than Isabelle Murrow’s steal and layup with 1:40 left and putting the Lady Cubs up by two. Kirstyn Murrow then hit 4 of 6 free throws in the final 33 seconds to seal a 50-44 victory.

The win puts a bow on the regular season for both teams, who begin Class 2A Substate playoff action Tuesday evening. Humboldt (11-7) travels to Erie; Yates Center (6-12) is at Herington.

The game was a nailbiter from start to finish. Yates Center led 11-10 after one and 23-20 at the break. The score was knotted at 34-34 after three.

A pair of Jessica Myers buckets early in the fourth quarter helped the Lady Cubs pull ahead 43-38, before the Wildcats rallied at the line.

Morgan Collins hit a pair of free throws before Molly Proper and Liberty Cavender each added charities to close the gap to 43-42 with under 3 minutes remaining.

Karly Wools went 1 of 2 from the line for a 44-42 lead with two minutes left. Isabelle Murrow’s steal and layup on the next possession stretched the lead back to two possessions, 46-42, with 1:40 left.

The Wildcats came up dry on their next two possessions as Kirstyn Murrow sealed the win from the line.

Nevertheless, Yates Center head coach Abbie Collins was happy with her team’s effort. “The girls played well,” she said.

Myers and Jada Dangerfield led the way for the victorious Lady Cubs with 14 and 12, respectively. Isabelle Murrow wound up with eight, Carsyn Haviland managed seven and Kirstyn Murrow six.

Morgan Collins remained the primary catalyst for Yates Center with 20 points. Proper wound up with nine.

Yates Center (11-12-11-10—44): Collins 9-2-3-20, Cavender 1-2-4-4, Ma. Proper 0-0-2-0, Mo. Proper 4-1-1-9, Westerman 0-2-4-2, Miller 2-1-2-5, Solander 2-0-1-4. TOTALS: 18-8-17-44.

Humboldt (10-10-14-16—50): K. Murrow 1-4-4-6, Myers 7-0-1-14, Dangerfield 6-0-0-12, I. Murrow 4-0-2-8, Haviland 1-5-5-7, Wools 0-3-2-3. TOTALS: 19-11-14-50.

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