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Lady O’s season ends with loss to Waverly

February 19, 2019
Beatrice's Mackenzie Hatcliff fakes a shot as the Waverly Lady Vikings defeat the Beatrice Lady Orange, 48-30, in the Girls B-1 District Final on Saturday, February 16th, 2019, in Waverly, Neb.

WAVERLY -- Beatrice pushed Waverly for two quarters on Saturday, but the top-seeded Lady Vikings were too much in the second half.

The Lady O, who came into Saturday’s B1-1 District Championship game as the No. 16 seed, fell to Waverly 48-30. The loss ended Beatrice’s season while Waverly advances to the Class B State Tournament.

Beatrice had upset on their mind in the first half. In a battle of two solid defenses, Waverly led 7-2 after the first quarter and was up 12-5 midway through the second quarter.

The Lady O controlled the end of the second quarter. Olivia Aden knocked down a three pointer to make it 12-8 and then Addie Barnard answered a Waverly basket with a three pointer of her own to make it 14-11.

A free throw by Carley Leners and a three pointer by Whitney Schwisow gave the Lady O a 15-14 lead at half time.

Waverly showed why they were the No. 1 seed in the second half. They outscored Beatrice 19-4 in the third quarter to take a 33-19 lead. They continued to pull away in the fourth quarter for the 48-30 win.

Beatrice coach Jalen Weeks thought his team did a great job defending in the first half.

“We did a lot of good things in that first half,” Weeks said. “In the locker room at half time, the girls were pretty fired up and we were feeling pretty good.”

Weeks said Waverly’s lineup of mainly seniors stepped up in the second half and made some plays, especially in that third quarter.

“They came out and made some plays and we can’t let that happen,” Weeks said. “Especially a team like Waverly -- who is very capable of putting a lot of points on the board. For next year, those are some things we have to work on, playing a complete game and not having that quarter lapse.”

Barnard led the way for Beatrice with 11 points while Mak Hatcliff had seven, Leners had five, Aden had four and Schwisow had three.

Beatrice’s season comes to an end after posting a 9-13 record.

The bright side for the Lady O is they have no seniors on this year’s roster, meaning it will be the same team next year.

“There are a lot of positives going into next year,” Weeks said. “If I could go into our schedule and count how many close losses we had -- there were a lot. That’s the toughness aspect of it and next year when we are seniors, we hopefully can finish those games off.”

Waverly, who is coached by former Sterling girls basketball coach John Cockerill, will be the top seed in the Class B State Tournament starting on Feb. 28.