The North Platte High School girls' basketball team got off to a good start on Friday night and the Lady Bulldogs never really looked back in a 57-48 win over Lincoln East at the Dawg House.
The Lady Dawgs made seven three-pointers against the zone defense of East and that helped them gain the upper hand.
"I was surprised when East went zone because I thought they'd be man," NPHS coach Mark Woodhead said. "We have some good shooters and they hit shots."
The Bulldogs (2-1) took a 13-4 lead in the first quarter after Madalynn Doughty scored five straight points on a three and a basket that came off of a steal in the backcourt.
"We talked about our zone offense this week and I thought we got good movement," Woodhead said.
After the 10-0 run that was closed out by the hoops from Doughty, North Platte was off and running. The Lady Dawgs also had success in transition beating the Spartans (3-0) down the court for open shots.
NPHS led 35-21 at halftime and then 50-32 at the end of the third quarter. Whether it was in transition or in the half-court, the Lady Bulldogs looked very comfortable on offense.
In the fourth quarter, East finally got North Platte out of its comfort zone with a full-court press and that helped the Lady Spartans make up some ground.
But it wasn't nearly enough as they could only get to within single figures after scoring the last basket at the buzzer.