The North Platte St. Pat's girls' basketball team had a solid defensive effort on Saturday to beat Southwest 51-26 at home.
"Our defense was really good, especially in the half-court set," said St. Pat's coach Nathan Stienike. "When they did get a shot, we rebounded and limited them to one shot."
The Lady Irish (13-1) took a a 9-2 lead after a putback by Brittany Lawrence almost halfway through the first quarter.
St. Pat's then took its first double-digit lead at 16-6 when Mandy O'Malley made a three-pointer. The Irish followed with a made free throw by Samantha Byrn and a basket by Shelby Allberry.
In the second quarter, St. Pat's stretched the lead to 20 points when Brook Boucher hit a three to make it 31-11 with a little under two minutes left in the first half. Both teams traded baskets the rest of the way and it was 33-13 at halftime.
By keeping Southwest (4-10) in check, the Lady Irish were able to get playing time for its backups for much of the second half.
Southwest 8 5 5 8 - 26
St. Pat's 19 14 7 11 - 51
Southwest (26)-Ashley Ryan 3, Abby Daffer 2, Kate Kelley 8, Makayla Brooks 6, Marissa Chambers 4, Kimberly Lord 2
St. Pat's (51)-Anna O'Malley 6, Mandy O'Malley 8, Samantha Byrn 5, Brook Boucher 5, Shelby Allberry 11, Brittany Lawrence 14
Free Throws: SW 4-6, SP 5-11; Three Point Goals: SW 0, SP 4 (M. O'Malley 2, A. O'Malley, Boucher)