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2023 Nebraska Girls State Basketball Roundup: Championship Saturday

March 04, 2023

Nebraska crowned its girls basketball state champions on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

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CLASS D1: No. 2 Centura 44, No. 4 Hastings St. Cecilia 38

St. Cecilia had a lot of offensive success early when it wasn’t turning the ball over, knocking down five 3s to build a 30-15 lead midway through the second quarter.

However, the Centurions locked in defensively from there and closed the game on a 29-8 run, holding the Hawkettes to two field goals in the final 20:41 of game time to clinch the first state title in program history.

“I think it’s everything,” Coach Laethion Brown said. “This is a fairly storied girls basketball program … It just kind of is a capstone on top of what the program already was, and we want to see continuing to grow into that fashion. We don’t want this to be a one-and-done and go back to sub-average again. That’s the expectation for female athletics at Centura; we want to keep pushing towards excellence.”

After two runner-up finishes in 2000 and 2001, the Centurions are taking home the title to cap a school record 26-win season following a sub-.500 season in 2021-22.

Senior Sydney Davis was a force all game on both ends for the Centurions, finishing with 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. She holds the program record for blocks in a game, season and career.

“She’s had 11 [blocks] in a game before; it was quite the show,” Brown said. “You can’t coach that kind of physical length and it’s affected however many people’s shots over the last four years. It’s a blessing to have.”

Junior Kyra Wooden added 12 points and three steals. 

After missing their first eight free throws, the Centurions hit 17 of their last 19 to clinch victory. They also doubled up St. Cecilia in the paint to offset a rough shooting game from the perimeter.

Avery Kissinger and Ryann Sabatka led the Hawkettes with 10 points apiece, and Sabatka added seven rebounds as well.

St. Cecilia led 17-13 after one and had the Centurions doubled up midway through the second quarter thanks to an 11-0 start to the period. Davis picked up her second foul early in the period and had to take a seat, and her team struggled without her on the floor.

Brown put Davis back in the game with her two fouls and the 6-foot senior sparked a 12-0 run to close out the half, trimming the deficit from 15 down to three at 30-27 thanks to a bucket in the closing seconds from Paige Crawford.

“That run we made there at the end of the second, going into halftime down by three, was huge,” Brown said. “We made an adjustment to go man-to-man and the girls did a great job of communicating, switching the back screens, making sure we had smart match-ups on the floor.”

Davis led everyone with 13 points, six boards and two blocks in the first half.

St. Cecilia’s scoring drought extended into the third quarter as Centura continued to chip away at the deficit, taking its first lead of the game with two and a half minutes to go in the third quarter.

Centura led 35-32 heading into the fourth and tacked on a pair of free throws to open the fourth before the Hawkettes converted their first field goal of the season half, a 3-pointer from Lindsey Parr at the 5:45 mark.

St. Cecilia managed to to tie it up at 38-all with three and a half to go, but Davis found Taya Christensen cutting to the basket for a layup to re-take the lead. Four straight turnovers followed before Centura closed the game out with stops and free throws as Wooden and Davis each knocked down a pair.

“We do practice situations pretty habitually in practice,” Brown said. “… I think those moments are really pivotal in practice because you can’t lie to yourself and think you’re going to get into subdistrict, district or state play and not have games that are going to come down to three or four possessions, so we practice those all the time … Sometimes we proctor it and coach, sometimes we just let them discuss and figure it out on their own because in some moments, I think you have to put your kids in those situations.”

As the buzzer sounded, the traditional dog-pile ensued near mid-court as the Centurions celebrated their victory. 

“The feeling is unreal,” Wooden said. “It hasn’t hit me quite yet, but as a little girl I watched numerous state basketball tournaments. Just to finally have that feeling with my best friends on the court, it’s unreal. It’s amazing.”


Hastings St. Cecilia: 17-13-  2-  6 — 38

Centura:                     13-14-  8-  9 — 44

HSC: Avery Kissinger 10, Ryann Sabatka 10, Tatum Krikac 7, Emery Vargas 6, Lindsey Parr 3, Abigail Musalek 2

C: Sydney Davis 20, Kyra Wooden 12, Taya Christensen 6, Paige Crawford 4, Lakota Chelewski 2

>> Third-Place Game: No. 3 Hartington Cedar Catholic 55, No. 1 Ravenna 37

The Trojans broke a first-quarter tie with a 22-8 second quarter the cruised through the second half to send the top seed home with back-to-back losses. Makenna Noecker scored a game0high 21 points for Cedar Catholic.

CLASS C1: No. 1 North Bend Central 45, No. 3 Hastings Adams Central 28

North Bend Central made history on Saturday afternoon, becoming the second C1 team and ninth team in any class to win four straight state titles.

Kaitlyn Emanuel was a key piece on all four title games and ends her career with a perfect 12-0 state tournament record, and she shared each of the titles with her sisters, Sydney (class of 2022) and Lindsey (a sophomore starter on this year’s squad).

“It’s just so surreal,” Kaitlyn Emanuel said. “A lot of people just beg to get this chance once and I’ve been blessed enough to have it four times. I’m just giving all the glory to God. It’s been amazing …Playing with my sisters has been crazy. You go home and you’re like ‘How about that game?’ You talk about it. It’s crazy — anybody who has sisters, you’re going to have a blast playing with them.”

The younger Emanuel finished with 13 points and nine rebounds while going 9-for-12 at the foul line. The elder Emanuel added 12 points and nine rebounds, shrugging off a 1-for-7 shooting first half to hit four of her six shots after halftime. Senior Madison Bishop stepped up with 13 points including the Tigers’ only 3 of the game and a 6-for-7 performance at the foul line.

North Bend didn’t have a great day on offense, but it didn’t matter because of the Tigers’ stifling defense, holding the Patriots to seven total field goals and 20% shooting while forcing 18 turnovers.

“We just knew going in this was going to be a physical game,” North Bend Central coach Aaron Sterup said. “We were probably out-sized in most positions, so we knew that being physical and just tough in general was going to be important, and I thought we really took that to heart. I thought we went to the rim hard and got a lot of free throws today. I thought our defense was, again, pretty physical inside on some of those big people. I thought we rebounded well for the most part.”

North Bend held Adams Central to one bucket and three points in the first quarter, but the Patriots managed to hang around throughout the second quarter as the Tigers took a 19-14 lead into halftime.

The Tigers slammed the door shut in the third quarter, however, opening the period with a 9-0 run to double up the Patriots. Kadi Kimberly, the hero from Adams Central’s semifinal win, ended the run with a 3, but Lauren Sterup ended the third quarter with a pair of free throws to push the lead to 17 heading into the fourth. 

North Bend scored the first four points oof the final period to push the lead to 17 and cruised to the finish from there.

The Tigers lost their season opener against Wahoo Neumann but won out the rest of the way — 28 in a row.

“We weren’t too upset about [the loss] or anything because it’s a long season,” Sterup said. “We had a lot of new people in new places, so it wasn’t completely surprising in that fact. We always talk to the girl: a loss isn’t bad unless you don’t learn from it, and I certainly think we learned. A lot from it. It kind of got our heads, maybe, on straight. You’ve got to have some of those, and I’m not so sure that that wasn’t the catalyst for a lot of things that happened after that.”


Hastings Adams Central: 3-11-  3-11 — 28

North Bend Central:         8-11-11-15 — 45

HAC: Megyn Scott 6, Rachel Goodon 6, Kadi Kimberly 5, Kylie Lancaster 3, Gracie Weichman 2, Briley Nienhuser 2, Lynsie Lancaster 2, Savannah Lewis 2

NBC: Lindsey Emanuel 13, Madison Bishop 13, Kaitlyn Emanuel 12, Lauren Sterup 4, Brooklyn Shaw 3

>> THIRD-PLACE GAME: No. 2 Bridgeport 69, No. 5 Malcolm 58

Bridgeport junior Olivia Loomis-Goltl exploded for 31 points to send her Colorado-bound sister Ruthie (12 points) off in victorious fashion. Malcolm Freshman Halle Dolliver put up 28 points while Diamond Sedlak added 22 for the Clippers.

CLASS B: No. 1 Elkhorn North 64, No. 2 Omaha Skutt 51

The two Class B powers faced off in the opening weekend of the season — Elkhorn North’s second game, Skutt’s first. The SkyHawks took home the victory, 42-35.

The Wolves didn’t lose again after that, while Skutt’s only loss came out of the state. The two looked to be on a collision course all season long, and for the second straight year the Wolves avenged their only regular-season loss with a victory over the Skyhawks in the state tournament.

“That first game we really did not play well, and we knew that as a team, defensively and offensive-wise,” Elkhorn North junior Britt Prince said. “We wanted this game really bad and it was awesome today.”

Elkhorn North celebrates after the final buzzer of the Class B state championship. (AP Photo/John Peterson)

Elkhorn North shot over 50% from the field and 3-point line and nearly doubled up the SkyHawks at the free-throw line to earn the victory. They also outscored the SkyHawks 15-4 in second-chance points thanks in large part to Purdue volleyball signee Grace Heaney’s seven offensive rebounds. Elkhorn North held Skutt to 33.3% shooting in the second half.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls, of their toughness, their resiliency and their resolve,” Elkhorn North coach Ann Prince said. “Our rebounding was phenomenal and that was the No. 1 key on the board, the No. 1 thing that we’ve told them all year, is that this game is going to be won or lost, probably, on the boards. We were amazing on the boards.”

Britt Prince, the super star junior with offers to play for many of the best Division I programs in the country, finished with 26 points and six rebounds despite the injury that hobbled her in the second half. She missed four of her five shots in the first quarter — equalling the number of missed shots from her first two games at state combined — as Skutt junior Addison Burt did a good job of staying in front of her and taking away the drive.

However, she offset her struggles inside the arc by firing away from deep, shooting 5-of-7 from the beyond the 3-point line.

“[Burt’s] a great defender,” Prince said. “She was kind of cutting off the drive quite a bit, and you’ve got to be able to score in multiple ways. The 3 is what was working for me today so I just kept shooting it.”

Prince totaled 84 points in her three state tournament games, shooting 19-for-26 inside the arc, 10-for-14 from 3 and a perfect 16-for-16 from the foul line including 9-got-9 against Skutt.

McKenna Murphy, a junior transfer who won a Class A state title at Fremont last season, added 15 points on 6-for-10 from he field including 2-of-4 from 3 for the Wolves.

“Transferring’s hard no matter what sport or what school, how far away it was, but these girls, the coaches, they welcomed me. It was awesome the way they welcomed me and then I accepted my role on the team, and here we are.”

Junior Peyton McCabe, a Drake commit, led Skutt with 17 points on 6-of-12 from the field (3-of-6 from 3) and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line. Sophomore Molly Ladwig added 13 points. 

The teams went back and forth early and put on a shot-making show with four ties and four lead changes in the first 10 and a half minutes. However, the Wolves surged ahead with a 7-0 run and took a five-point lead into halftime.

Skutt sophomore Molly Ludwig opened the third quarter with a jumper but Elkhorn North responded with a 12-0 run with buckets from four different players to build a 44-29 lead three minutes in.

Then disaster nearly struck for the Wolves. Prince went down with what trainers initially diagnosed as a foot sprain and had to check out shortly after to get looked at. Prince was on the bench for nearly two minutes and the Wolves did not score a point, but the SkyHawks only managed to trim four points off the lead before she checked back in.

Britt Prince gutted through a foot injury in the second half to help Elkhorn North win its third straight state. (AP Photo/John Peterson)

“We tried to pick up and do our Barracuda defense, get up and run a full-court press, rotation with some traps, and I thought we had a chance to make a run,” Skutt coach Kip Colony said. “I think we missed a couple bunnies, we missed a 3, missed some free throws, Presley [Douglas] went down and we just didn’t make that run like we needed to. I looked down at the other side and I saw Britt kind of jogging on the sideline and I’m thinking ‘If we don’t get this thing to four or five here in the next couple of minutes, it’s going to be a different ball game.’”

The foot clearly bothered Prince, however, and Skutt cut the deficit down to eight by the end of the third quarter.

Sophomore Mia McMahon opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to cut it to five, then Elkhorn North turned the ball over to give the SkyHawks a chance to make it a one-point possession. However, Elkhorn North got a stop then Reese Booth took it to the basket for a layup, sparking a 5-0 Wolf run to push the lead back to 10 with five minutes to play.

“It was huge — huge — to stop that momentum from going the direction any faster than it already was,” Ann Prince said. “That was huge on her part and there were a lot of great plays down the stretch.”

Skutt managed to cut to seven on a McCabe 3, but that’s as close as they got as the Wolves went 8-for-10 from the free-throw line in the final three minutes.

Skutt only has one senior, center Julia Connealy,, on its roster while Elkhorn loses four seniors but returns three starters including Prince, setting the stage for a potential run there at state next season.

“I expect more of the same,” Ann Prince said. “They’ve got everybody but Connealy coming back, so they’ll be really good. They’ve got all their guards, they shoot tons of 3s, they turn people over. They’ll be back in contention and hopefully we will be too. We’ve got a lot of good pieces coming back as well and then we’ll develop some more and give it our best shot.”


Omaha Skutt:  18-  9-10-14 — 51

Elkhorn North: 18-14-13-19 — 64

OS: Peyton McCabe 17, Molly Ladwig 13, Mia McMahon 9, Addison Burt 8, Kamryn Kasner 4

EN: Britt Prince 26, MaKenna Murphy 15, Grace Thompson 9, Grace Heaney 6, Reese Booth 5, Sydney Stodden 2, Reagan Palmer 1

CLASS C2 CHAMPIONSHIP: No. 2 Pender 45, No. 4 Oakland-Craig 42

The first game of session two at Pinnacle Bank Arena was pure chaos from the opening tip, but it proved to be a sophomore playing playing like a veteran who made the difference in the game.

The game that featured more turnovers than field goals and 34 total fouls. It was the fifth meeting between the two East Husker Conference foes in the last two years, and the Pendragons have now won our of them after splitting during the regular season this year.

“Today’s game was exactly what we expected,” Pender coach Jason Dolliver said. “We know Oakland-Craig real well. They’re a really good team with a lot of good players, so we knew we were in for a battle. What I was hoping for was that the girls would just do their thing because if they did, we knew we’d have a shot to win it at the end and that’s exactly what happened.”

Pender sophomore Maya Dolliver attacks the basket against Oakland-Craig. (AP Photo/John Peterson)

Maya Dolliver, the sophomore daughter of the coach, led the Pendragon with 16 points, three steals and three assists.

Kirsten Frey went 4-for-8 from deep for 12 points and Lillie Timm chipped in nine points for the Pendragons who overcame 19 turnovers to win their second state title.

Chaney Nelson led Oakland-Craig with 18 points and four steals.

After playing to a draw in the first quarter Pender used a 15-6 second period to open up a nine-point lead at halftime. Oakland-Craig chipped away at the lead throughout the third quarter, tying it up with less than a minute to go before a 3 from Frey made it 33-30 Pendragons heading into the fourth.

The lead exchanged hands a couple of times early in the final frame before Oakland-Craig surged ahead 40-37 midway through, but the Pendragons closed the game on an 8-2 run orchestrated by Dolliver.

The Knights took the lead with a pair of free throws from Chaney Nelson, then a Dolliver turnover led to a Sadie Nelson layup to put the Knights up by three. Pender’s sophomore point guard made up for her mistake, however.

First, Dolliver drew a foul, making one free throw and missing the second. The Pendragons rebounded the miss and Lillie Timm earned her own trip to the line, splitting her shots as well. Pender got a stop then Dolliver set up Olyvia Nelson for the go-ahead three-point play, her only basket of the game.

Sydney Guzinski tied the game up at the line with 1:09 to play. Pender took its time, working the ball around the court and an Oakland-Craig defender eventually ran threw Dolliver on a screen, sending her to the line for two. She hit both.

“I was just thinking ‘Breathe, you’ve shot a million free throws,’” Dolliver said. “‘Just take your time and just shoot it.’”

Oakland-Craig got a good look for a 3 that didn’t fall and Dolliver secured the board, heading back to the line with 7.6 to play. She split the free throws to make it a three-point game and Oakland-Craig’s heave at the buzzer didn’t go down.


Oakland-Craig: 10-  6-14-12 — 42

Pender:              10-15-  8-12 — 45

OC: Chaney Nelson 18, Adilen Rennerfeldt 8, Sadie Nelson 8, Sydney Guzinski 6, Bailey Pelan 2

P: Maya Dolliver 16, Kirsten Frey 12, Lillie Timm 9, Olivia Nelson 3, Madalyn Dolliver 3, Avery Wegner 2

>> Third-Place Game: No. 3 West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic 54, No. 1 Crofton 32

GACC outscored Crofton 32-15 in the first half to bury the early to take down to the top seed. Isabel Hass led the way with 18 points including four 3-pointers.

CLASS A: No. 1 Millard South 72, No. 3 Lincoln High 60

After four years of learning, growing and winning a lot of games, Millard South’s prolific senior class capped off their careers with with a state title, digging a hole early before rallying to take the lead and hold on late.

The team’s three four-year impact players — Mya Babbitt, Khloe Lemon and Cora Olsen — combined for 70 of the team’s 72 points to earn the school’s first state title since 1996 and first under Coach Bryce Meyers.

“All the countless hours that us eight seniors and Meyers have put into the gym is insane — preseason, postseason,” Olsen said. “Knowing how much it meant to Bryce made it more special. I wouldn’t want to be coached by anyone else.”

Millard South senior Cora Olsen scores two of her 20 points with Lincoln High defenders Dyvine Harris and Briauna Robinson looking on. (AP Photo/John Peterson)

Babbitt, a Kent State commit followed up her 28-point semifinal performance with 30 points, five rebounds and three assists against the Links. Olsen, a future Omaha Maverick, had a double-double with 20 points on 7-of-13 from the field and 6-of-9 from the line and 10 rebounds. Lemon, headed to Cal Baptist next year, matched Olsen with 20 point on 7-of-13 shooting and had three assists.

The other two points came on a layup from senior Lexi Finkenbiner, which doesn’t begin to describe her impact. She was the lone player to go 32 full minutes and grabbed 16 rebounds including four on the offensive end.

“This doesn’t work without her,” Meyers said. “She’s a kid I give credit to every single time I’m asked about the team. She leads us in rebounding, I believe she leads the state in assists. No one ever talks about her. She guards the other team’s best kid. She’s the middle of our press, causes all the havoc, does all the dirty work that nobody really gets credit for and necessarily sees. She’s incredible.”

Millard South shot 49% from the field and 77.3% from the free-throw line while holding Lincoln High to 41.7% shooting. Foul trouble was an issue all night for both teams as five players finished with four fouls and a sixth filed out.

Northern Iowa commit Briauna Robinson led the Links with 20 points and seven rebounds. Jailynn Brill finished with 12 points and win rebounds. Kiana Wiley scored 12 points in 14 minutes off the bench while Dyvine Harris chipped in 10 points.

After a back-and-forth start, the Links closed the first quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 17-10 lead. The Patriots shot 4-for-15 from the field in the period.

Millard South settled in during the second quarter, however, and used a 12-0 run to turn the tables and build a 10-point lead. The Patriots scored 28 points in all during the second quarter to take a 38-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.

“It wasn’t easy,” Meyers said. “The first quarter didn’t necessarily go how we wanted it to, but once we settled in and started being more aggressive to rim, it became a lot easier for us. We had to settle in and adjust a little bit with fouls and how they were calling the game and I think the kids did a tremendous job of doing that and staying on the floor.”

Olsen did the heavy lifting in the first half with a game-high 15 points, most of it coming in the post or through running the floor in transition.

“I was focusing on going up strong,” Olsen said. “Like Mya’s 3s, my home’s the paint. When I’m in there, it’s basically just focus and finishing and hopefully getting to the free-throw line.”

Millard South senior Mya Babbitt handles the ball against Lincoln High. She scored 15 of her game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/John Peterson)

Millard South had an answer for every run that Lincoln High made in the the second half as the Links never got closer than four points.

In the fourth quarter, that answer was Babbitt. The senior set a new state tournament record with eight 3-pointers (on 14 attempts) in the semifinals Friday but connected on just one of her seven treys in the first three quarters. She didn’t let that discourage her in the fourth, however, as she went 3-for-3 in a six-possession span after Lincoln High had pulled within five, stretch the lead back to 10 with three minutes to play and essentially slamming the door shut on a comeback attempt.

“My teammates kept telling me to shoot the ball,” Babbitt said. “They always have my back. I knew they weren’t going in at first, but I knew we needed them and just got my feet set and shot them.”

Millard South went 6-for-11 from the field with four 3-pointers and 5-for-7 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.


Lincoln High:  17-13-15-15 — 60

Millard South: 10-28-13-21 — 73

LH: Briauna Robinson 20, Jailynn Brill 12, Kiana Wiley 12, Dyvine Harris 10, Nyawarga Jock 6

MS: Mya Babbitt 30, Khloe Lemon 20, Cora Olsen 20, Lexi Finkenbiner 2

CLASS D2: No. 1 Falls City Sacred Heart 33, No. 6 Wynot 32

The final game of the 2022-23 girls basketball season came down to the final possession, but Sacred Heart survived a heave at the buzzer to clinch its second straight state title, fifth in the last nine years and eighth overall.

Buckets were few and far between in the night cap, but the Irish found just enough offense to pull out the victory with 11 points from Jessica Wertenberger and 10 from Makinley Scholl.

“She was kind of a spark plug there,” Wynot coach Luke Santo said about Scholl.” That’s kind of what she does — so good defensively, she got out in passing lanes there and was just harassing them. I’m just so happy for Makinley and just proud of her.I don’t know if everybody knows or not, but she got hurt in our first game of the year against Sterling. She had a hip injury and she sat and she sat. She finally came back at the end of January. She’s not 100%, but she was huge.”

Wynot couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start as the Blue Devils missed their first 13 shots of the game. Sacred Heart scored the first 10 points of the game before Wynot got a shot to fall — a banked 3-pointer. Wynot turned the ball over on its next two possessions, leading to fast break layups by the Irish to give them their largest lead of the night at 14-3.

“Wynot knows us, and we know Wynot, so you know it’s never going to be easy,” Santo said. “I thought we couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. I think it was 14-3. We held them scoreless that first quarter, but we weren’t scoring either. Then we got on a nice run, got some turnovers, some easy layups.”

However, Kayla Pinkelman knocked down another 3 (no backboard necessary on that one) midway through the period to spark an 11-3 close to the half, trimming Sacred Heart’s lead down to three as Amber Lawson drew a foul on a put-back at the buzzer and hit both free throws.

Senior Jessica Wertenberger brings the ball up the floor against Wynot. She scored a team0high 11 points for the Irish. (AP Photo/John Peterson)

The third quarter went back and forth for a bit, but the Blue Devils’ last field goal came before the four-minute mark, allowing the Irish to score the last four points of the period and stretch the lead back out to eight heading into the fourth. However, they also saw a starter go down with an apparent leg injury in DeLanie Witt, a senior who was not able to return to the game.

With a healthy lead and no shot clock, Sacred Heart slowed things down, setting up a chaotic fourth quarter. Irish coach Luke Santo said they weren’t necessarily attempting to completely stall, but the opportunities they’re hoping for didn’t present themselves and it led to a lot of burned clock, which ended up backfiring.

The Irish came up empty on their first four possessions with two turnovers, two missed front ends of the bonus and a missed layup after Sacred Heart rebounded the second missed free throw. Wynot capitalized, scoring on four straight possessions on the other end including three 3s to surge ahead for a 32-29 lead with less than four minutes to play.

Wertenberger finally got the Irish on the board by sinking her free throws, and the next 2:15 of game time featured a miss at the rim and a turnover by each team. Sacred Heart got the ball back and Jentry Lechtenberg earned a trip to the line with 1:02 remaining, hitting both shots to put the Irish back in front by one.

Wynot turned the ball over with a bad pass, but Sacred Heart gave it back on a charge call. With one last chance to take the lead, the Blue Devils worked the ball around but couldn’t find any gaps to attack or space to fire up a shot against the Sacred Heart defense, the Wynot eventually had to settle for a heave from the logo at the buzzer that didn’t come close to going in.

“We had an eight-point lead in the second half, but you know they’re not going to go away,” Santo said. “We faced a lot of adversity there just with foul trouble, DeLanie got hurt, we had some weird mismatches against some of the stuff they were doing and they beat us on some of their action there. So we went 2-3 zone late and it was just good enough, I guess. We just made an extra play down the stretch and scratched out a win.”

Sacred Heart switched to a 2-3 zone in the final minute, much to Santos’ chagrin. He said he feels helpless in a zone but didn’t think the Irish could stay in man-to-man because of the matchups, and his gamble paid off with a state title.

Kinslee Heimes led Wynot with 11 points including a pair of 3s in the fourth quarter to help get the Blue Devils back in the game, but they couldn’t get her a clean look on the last play.


Wynot:                              0-14-  7-11 — 32

Falls City Sacred Heart: 4-13-12-  4 — 33

W: Kinslee Heimes 11, Amber Lawson 6, Courtney Pinkelman 6, Kayla Pinkelman 5, Allison Wieseler 2, Lauren Haberman 2

FCSH: Jessica Wertenberger 11, Makinley Scholl 10, Jentry Lechtenberg 6, Olivia Eickhoff 4, Macy Keller 2

>> Third-Place Game: No. 2 Shelton 48, No. 5 Humphrey St. Francis 43

Shelton outscored St. Francis by 11 in the second quarter to take a double-digit into half-time then held on in the second half to pick up its 24th win of the season. Senior Emmilly Berglund led the way with 13 points while freshman Erin Gegg added 11 for the Bulldogs. 

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