Coming off consecutive losses, Nodaway-Holt battled through an off-shooting night to beat Tarkio 50-41 Friday in a 275 Conference game.
The Trojans made only two 3-pointers, missed a hand-full of easy looks and went 19-35 at the foul line, preventing them from gaining any breathing room until late in the third quarter.
Nodaway-Holt improved to 7-4 on the year and 1-1 in the 275. Tarkio fell to 3-8 overall and 1-1 in the 275.
"We just really haven't play well offensively for about the last three or four games" said Nodaway-Holt head coach Terry Petersen. "I told the kids it wasn't our finest performance, but we ground it out."
The Trojans did get two long-range shots to fall in the second half, and that's all they needed.
The first was a straight-away three from Brice Shamberger to make it 34-26 at the 2:08 mark of the third quarter. Jackson Beattie banked in Nodaway-Holt's only other three to open the fourth quarter, widening the Trojan lead to 37-28.
The Trojans extended to as much as a 12-point lead and never let it get below seven.
Tarkio had one opportunity to get within five, but John Lang was whistled for an offensive foul on a transition layup with the score at 44-37.
Derek Lemon, Nick Patterson and Beattie combined to make six free throws in the final two minutes to nail down the win.
Beattie led all scorers in the game with 17 points, continuing a month-long stretch of consistent play.
Lemon also finished in double-figures with 13 points.
Tarkio was led by Derek Rohlfson with 14 points. He was 6-7 at the foul line.