Thursday at girls state basketball
LINCOLN EAST 57, MILLARD SOUTH 56: In a game where neither side led by more than five points, South took a late lead on a 3-pointer just to watch East answer with two free throws for the win.
ELKHORN SOUTH 51, SIDNEY 37: The Storm took down the top seed in Class B behind a defensive effort that allowed fewer than 10 points in three of the four quarters. Elkhorn South took control with an 8-0 run to finish the first half and led by double digits for the final quarter and a half.
CRETE 48, OMAHA SKUTT 29: The teams battled to a mostly even affair in the first quarter before the Cardinal defense took over. Crete allowed seven or fewer points in each of the final three quarters and only allowed nine total in the second half.
LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 46, WEST POINT-BEEMER 35: The Crusaders led 9-0 before the Cadets finally took their zero off the scoreboard. Lincoln Christian turned that big early advantage into a 29-14 halftime advantage. West Point-Beemer only came as close as eight the rest of the way.
MITCHELL 45, LAKEVIEW 41: The Lady Vikes erased a 13-point halftime deficit with a 17-4 run late in the third quarter and early into the fourth but Mitchell scored seven in a row and regained control.
OAKLAND-CRAIG 59, PONCA 47: The Knights closed the first quarter on a 9-0 run and built a lead they would never relinquish. The Indians came within two in the third but the Knights scored 17 of the next 24 to jump back to a double-digit advantage.
ELKHORN VALLEY 55, NORTH PLATTE ST. PAT’S 54: St. Pat’s enjoyed an 11-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter but gave up 22 in the fourth and saw Elkhorn Valley seal the win at the free throw line. The Irish gave up the final six points in the last few minutes on a 3-pointer and three free throws.
FREMONT BERGAN 54, HUMPHREY/LINDSAY HOLY FAMILY 50: Taya Beller’s 3-pointer with five minutes remaining gave H/LHF its first lead since midway through the second quarter, and Brittney Veik sank another Bulldog 3 after Bergan tied it 47-47, but the Knights closed with the final seven points.
STERLING 44, CHAMBERS-WHEELER CENTRAL 37: A two-point halftime separation extended out to nearly double digits when Sterling opened the third quarter on a 9-2 run. CWC cut the deficit down to four with under five minutes to go but only managed three points the rest of the way.
FALLS CITY SACRED HEART 58, EWING 39: The reigning state champion allowed only 16 first-half points but took just a six-point lead into the break. Ewing trimmed the lead to just four late in the third but the Irish responded with a 13-0 run.
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