NIOBRARA - The Niobrara/Veridgre girls basketball team had to rely on their depth for much of their seven-point home win over Elkhorn Valley on Friday.

The Cougars were without leading scorer Josilyn for much of the first quarter and all of the second, after the junior suffered a bloody nose. But Niobrara/Verdigre's defense kept Elkhorn Valley from pulling away, while players like Lina Bauer and Senna Swalley hit big shot after big shot.

The Cougars were able to pull away in the second once Miller returned. She still finished with 26 points in her limited minutes - including going 9-for-10 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter alone.

Elkhorn Valley wasn't without some stellar performances of their own. Sophomore J.J. Black came up one block shy from recording her third triple-double on the season.

The Cougars improve to 11-3 on the year, while the Falcons fall to 7-3.

GAME SUMMARY

ELKHORN VALLEY        - 11 12  8 12 - 43

NIOBRARA/VERDIGRE - 14  9 11 16 - 50

TEAM STATS

NIOBRARA/VERDIGRE

 - FG: 12/46 (26.1%)

 - 3P: 6/16 (37.5%)

 - FT: 18/25 (72%)

ELKHORN VALLEY

 - FG: 17/45 (37.8%)

 - 3P: 1/12 (8.3%)

 - FT: 8/18 (44.4%)

INDIVIDUAL STATS

NIOBRARA/VERDIGRE

 - Josilyn Miller: 26 pts, 6 rebs

 - Lina Bauer: 13 pts, 6 rebs

 - Senna Swalley: 6 pts

 - Bree Breithaupt: 5 pts, 4 rebs

ELKHORN VALLEY

 - JJ Black: 16 pts, 10 rebs, 9 blks

 - Joslynn Larson: 7 pts, 6 rebs

 - Brooke Wilcox: 7 pts

 - Lily Hartl: 5 pts, 8 rebs

 - Karlee Broberg: 4 pts, 2 rebs

 - Merniee Vaughn: 2 pts, 1 reb