Pawnee City has “best overall” performance of season in victory over Johnson County Central

PAWNEE CITY – Sophomore Reagan de Koning scored 12 points on 5-12 shooting, sophomore Madison Branek added 8 points, and the Pawnee City girls basketball team defeated Johnson County Central, 42-30, Saturday in Pawnee City.

“We weathered a scoring drought in the third quarter to put a solid fourth quarter together,” Indians Head Coach Dani Niss said. “The girls regained their composure after things seemed to be rolling against us and took control.”

Pawnee City held the Thunderbirds to eight total points in the first half, including just one point in the second quarter.

Johnson County Central tied the game at 21 at the end of three quarters, while holding the Indians to 7 points. Pawnee City responded in the final period by outscoring the Thunderbirds, 21-9, to win their second game of the season.

“I was proud of our maturity and ability to make adjustments to win the game,” Niss said. “Reagan and Madison were strong underneath and showed a lot of fight down the stretch to seal the deal. This was our best overall team game to date.”

Branek finished with 10 rebounds. de Koning grabbed 9 rebounds and dished out 5 assists.

Pawnee City is now 2-3 this season and travels to Nebraska City on Tuesday to play Lourdes Central Catholic.

JCC drops to 1-3 and will be at Palmyra on Tuesday.

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