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Cold shooting proved costly for Alta in the championship game of the Nebraska Prep Classic Saturday.

Nebraska's Grand Island never trailed in turning back the Hawks 61-46 before a vocal crowd of 3,000.The Islanders improved to 6-2 overall. Alta, ranked third in the latest Deseret News Class 5A listing, fell to 5-2.

Jason Richards led the Hawks with 13 points, while Chris Handy chipped in 10.

Alta, a regular participant in this tournament, has a 9-2 record over previous appearances.

In other games Saturday:


Bountiful 75, Evanston, Wyo. 46: Danny Wilbur had six steals, made all six of his field goal attempts and finished with a game-high 19 points as the Braves prevailed.

Grand 66, Green River 52: Sy Harrison erupted for 34 points but the Pirates were unable to overcome a balanced attack by the Red Devils. Adam Englebright led Grand with 14.

Hurricane 46, Valley 42: Despite 16 points from Rob Critchfield, the visiting 3A Tigers had a tough time outlasting the 1A Buffaloes.

Meridian 84, East Carbon 60: Justin Lynn scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack for the Mongooses.

Tabiona 114, Manila 66: Eleven Tigers scored as top-ranked Tabiona overwhelmed the host Mustangs.

Union 58, Richfield 49: Jeff Davenport led all scorers with 24 points as the fifth-ranked Cougars upset the visiting No. 3 Wildcats.



Beaver 67, Piute 50: Macy Gillins and Shannon Bradshaw teamed for 37 points as the visiting Beavers toppled the Thunderbirds.

Dixie 59, Virgin Valley, Nev. 46: Rachel Conold scored a game-high 20 points as the Flyers hit the jackpot in Mesquite.

Duchesne 58, Int. Christian 56: Melinda Jenkins paced the Eagles to victory with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Teammate Bonnie Davies added 14 and 10.

Durango, Colo. 45, San Juan 29: The Broncos never recovered after trailing 40-22 at the end of three quarters.

Grand Junction, Colo. 36, Uintah 34: The Utes came up short when the visiting Coloradoans scored with two seconds remaining.

Provo 50, West 29: Natalie Overson netted a game-high 22 points as the Bulldogs made the most of a trip to Salt Lake City.

South Summit 51, Park City 27: Jenny Dees led all scorers with 17 as the Wildcats defeated the Miners.

Union 60, North Sanpete 50: Sarah Colton's team-high 14 points powered the Cougars past the Hawks.