North Platte Community College Knights

NPCC team photo


No.    Name                      
3Madisyn FrancisG     SO5'0Houston, Texas
5Nahatabaa NaconaGSO5'3Chinle, Ariz.
10Katie CoxGFR5'10New Port Richey, Fla.
11Emily JosephGFR5'9St. Petersburg, Fla.
15Treasure McCrimonFFR5'5Gary, Ind.
20Nerea Castellano-JarandillaFR5'7Barcelona, Spain
23Trinity LangleyFFR6'0Potter, Neb.
31MacKenna TurnerFFR5'8Arthur, Neb.
33Dehje BelmoreCFR5'10Denver, Colo.
42Angel RichardsGFR6'0Dayton, Wy.

Team Overview

It's not often a basketball team overcomes a two and a half-month winless streak (12 games) to earn a berth in any post-season tournament, let be a part of any discussion on the national stage.


After a 1-6 start to the season, North Platte posted a 77-75 win over Air Force Prep on Nov. 17. The next win didn't come until Feb. 2 when the Knights downed Lamar Community College (Colo) 59-58.


The Knights, 8-22 on the year, enter the national tournament with a four-game winning streak. The team is averaging 57.8 points per game, along with shooting 31.7 percent from the field this year, 23.6 percent from the 3-point line and 63.7 percent from the free-throw line. The team average 35.1 rebounds per game and 7.7 steals per game.

Leaders include:

  • Sophomore Nahatabaa Nacona, 11.5 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game.
  • Sophomore Madisyn Francis, 11.4 points per game and 4.1 boards per game.


North Platte opened the Region IX Tournament with a 78-67 win at home Feb. 27 over Southeast Community College (9-20) then went to Columbus, Neb., March 3 to beat Central Community College (10-15) 68-60 for the Region IX Division II title.


The Region IX win set up the District F championship at North Platte's McDonald Belton Gym March 9 again United Tribes Technical College of Bismark, N.D. The Thunderbirds came into the game 15-16. Led by Nacona and Francis, North Platte won with a comback effort 57-55.


"What an unbelievable accommplishment for our program and student athletes, said first-year North Platte Coach Jeff Thurman. "This team is the definition of perseverance and heart."