GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - The #3 Grand Island Central Catholic girls basketball team closed the game on a 16-4 run to erase a fourth-quarter deficit and defeat #8 Adams Central 50-39.

The two top-10 teams were never separated by more than five points until halfway through the fourth quarter. The Patriots (11-3) finished the first half on a 6-0 spurt to take a 22-21 lead at halftime. With Adams Central leading 35-34 early in the fourth quarter, the Crusaders (13-1) erupted for a 9-0 run to take a 43-35 advantage, which was the biggest lead for either side at that point in the game. The Patriots cut it back to a four-point game before Bryndal Moody sank several free throws to put the game away.

Both teams struggled to take care of the basketball. Unofficially, Adams Central finished with 23 turnovers and GICC gave it away 16 times. The Crusaders limited the Patriots' top two scorers to a combined eight points. Neither Megyn Scott nor Briley Nienhueser made a field goal in the second half.

GICC's Maggie Herbek scored a career-high 15 points and made a career-high three three-pointers. Moody and Avery O'Boyle joined her with double-figure points.

This was the fifth-straight win for GICC over Adams Central. Both teams enter conference tournament play next week as the top seed.

GICC... 16, 5, 13, 16 = 50

Adams Central... 14, 8, 9, 8 = 39

GICC: Moody 16, Herbek 15, O'Boyle 11, Maser 8

Adams Central: Weichman 13, Lancaster 8, Consbruck 8, Scott 6, Nienhueser 2, Katzberg 2