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The Beatrice girls basketball team battled hard, but let the game slip away late against Omaha Gross Saturday night.

The Lady O fell to the Cougars 45-33 at the Ozone in Beatrice.

Addie Barnard led the way for Beatrice with 19 points, nine of which came from the free throw line.

Omaha Gross opened the game with a basket but Barnard answered with a three pointer. After three Cougar free throws made it 5-3, Olivia Aden gave Beatrice the lead back with a three pointer.

The Cougars scored four straight points to make it 9-6, but Barnard finished the first quarter scoring with a basket to make it 9-8.

Omaha Gross Extended their lead to 14-8 at the beginning of the second quarter, but Barnard would score the game's next six points -- all from the free throw line -- to make it 14-14.

The Cougars ended the run with a basket, but two free throws by Aden made it 16-16. Omaha Gross finished the first half on a 4-0 run to make it 20-16 at the half.

Barnard opened the second half with two free throws, but two straight baskets by the Cougars made it 24-18.

Another free throw by Barnard and a three point play by Nevaeh Martinez cut the Lady O deficit to 24-22.

Omaha Gross extended their lead to 26-22, but a three pointer by Mak Hatcliff and then a free throw by Hatcliff tied the game at 26-26.

Martinez answered an Omaha Gross three pointer with a put back basket. The Courgars added a basket at the end of the third quarter to make it 31-28.

A steal and a layup by Barnard opened the fourth quarter, but Omaha Gross scored the next six points to make it 37-30.

Barnard answered with a three pointer, but that would be the last points of the game for Beatrice. Omaha Gross finished the game on an 8-0 run -- all from the free throw line -- making the final score 45-33.

In addition to Barnard's 19 points, Aden and Martinez had five each while Hatcliff had four.

Beatrice is now 8-9 on the season and will travel to Omaha Mercy on Tuesday night before wrapping up their regular season at home on Friday against Northwest.

Other Sunland girls scores

FALLS CITY SH 50, STERLING 39

Falls City SH 12 18 11 9 -- 50

Sterling 12 2 14 11 -- 39

Falls City SH--M. Witt 8, Vonderschmidt 15, Bippes 10, Magdanz 10, R. Witt 7.

Sterling--Wingert 9, Wenzl 6, Huls 3, Haner 4, Thies 17.

MALCOLM 53, FREEMAN 26

Freeman 3 10 5 8 -- 26

Malcolm 16 10 13 14 -- 53

Freeman--Dorn 8, Hartwig 5, Pelc 4, Holland 4, Anderson 3, Ideus 2.

Malcolm--Brady 15, Minzel 9, Teten 8, Jo. Small 7, Ja. Small 5, Sehi 5, DeBaets 2, Virus 2.

MERIDIAN 57, OSCEOLA 34

Late Friday

Meridian 13 21 15 8 -- 57

Osceola 5 6 12 11 -- 34

Meridian--Kujath 1, Sobotka 21, Pribyl 4, Al. Kort 10, S. Ellis 6, Most 4, Schropfer 2, An. Kort 7, C. Ellis 2.

Osceola--Johnston 4, Zelasney 7, Hahn 10, Theis 2, Carlson 9, Kumpf 2.

NORRIS 43, COLUMBUS 41

Columbus 10 13 11 7 -- 41

Norris 17 9 9 8 -- 43

Columbus--Benck 9, Trotta 11, Luebbe 15, Adams-Tuls 6.

Norris--Ma. Ramsey 3, Mo. Ramsey 3, Boon 6, Zetterman 3, Stai 12, Kroeker 8, Chambers 6, White 2.

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