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Late bucket dooms Hastings women

The Hastings College cheerleaders keep the crowd engaged at a women's basketball game, Feb. 21, 2018, at Lynn Farrell Arena in Hastings, Neb. (KHGI)

Morningside got a wide-open lay-up from Sydney Hupp with two seconds left to beat No. 12 Hastings College 69-67 in the GPAC tournament quarterfinal.

This isn't the first time these two have gone down to the wire at Lynn Farrell Arena. The Bronco defense held strong on Feb. 3 against the Mustangs to win it 73-72.

The 'Stangs got an earlier chance in the game to work on a final shot opportuntiy as Madison Braun hit a mid-range jumper with less than four seconds at the end of the second quarter. Braun led all scorers with 22 points on 7 of 13 shooting.

Emma Grenfell had 15 points but really stepped up during the second quarter when she scored 10 consecutive points for Hastings College, including an 8-0 run to put Hastings College up 28-22. It was the Broncos largest lead of the night.

Hastings (24-6 overall) was playing catch-up for most of the fourth quarter, including a five-point deficit with 5:43 to play. Holly Hild got a three-point play to give the Broncos a 65-63 lead at the 2:06 mark, helping her to a team-best 16 points.

Shandra Farmer hit two free throws with nine seconds remaining to tie it up at 67.

Hastings College must await the NAIA-II selection show to see if they receive a likely at-large bid.

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