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Girls state tournament: Championship rewind

March 5, 2019

State championship games were played on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

CLASS A

MILLARD NORTH 62, LINCOLN SOUTHWEST 43: Millard North won its first girls basketball state championship thanks to 31 points from senior Lauren West in the final.

West recorded a double-double in the game, grabbing 12 rebounds. Millard North went on a 23-6 run in the second quarter to take control of the game. The Mustangs’ lead was 16 at the break. The Silver Hawks narrowed the lead to seven during the second half but wasn’t able to come any closer.

Millard North went 16-1 during the last 17 games on the season.

West struggled in the semifinal game scoring only two points against Lincoln Pius X.

“Just so proud of the team,” Diehl said to the Lincoln Journal Star. “It’s crazy to think of the journey that you go on. The grind never ends, and it’s just crazy that it ends in your goal.”

West had a double-double by halftime (14 points and 10 rebounds).

CLASS B

NORTHWEST 49, CRETE 43: Northwest won its fourth state championship and first since 2014. This came after almost losing in the semifinals to Waverly.

Waverly led 22-6 early in the second quarter, but Northwest overcame the odds to come back and win it all.

Junior Whitney Brown led the Vikings with 23 points.

Brown and three of the Vikings’ other starters played all 32 minutes of the championship game after playing back-to-back games Thursday and Friday. Lauren Hauser scored 10 points and had five rebounds.

CLASS C1

WAHOO NEUMANN 45, LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 29: It took Neumann nine years to win another state title after winning back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010, but the Cavaliers won their third state title on Saturday.

The Crusaders only trailed 15-13 at halftime and tied the game after driving for a layup to open the third quarter, but then Neumann went on a 13-3 run to take control. Alyssa Rezac hit a three-pointer and then completed a three-point play, Kelsie Cada hit a pair of free throws and Taylor Stuhr popped a three-pointer for a 28-18 lead. The Cavaliers sealed the victory by going 12-for-14 at the free-throw line in the final period.

CLASS C2

Hastings St. Cecilia 63, Crofton 45: Hastings St. Cecilia capture the school’s fifth state title in girls basketball.

The Bluehawks had three players score in double digits - junior Makenna Asher scored 18, senior Lexi Vertin added 17 and junior Thomas Tori tallied 11.

Tori recorded a double-double grabbing 12 rebounds.

Crofton closed a 17-point Hawkette lead to 49-45 with 4:20 left, but St. Cecilia scored the final 14 points of the game.

CLASS D1

ARCHBISHOP BERGAN 36, DUNDY COUNTY-STRATTON 27: Archbishop Bergan won its first-ever girls basketball state championship in only its fifth appearance in the state tournament.

Senior Haley Kempf led the Knights in points with 17, while classmate Allison Dieckmann added 10.

This game also set the record for the lowest scoring game in D-1 state championship history.

Began was down 27-25, but scored 11 unanswered to win the state championship.

CLASS D2

WYNOT 39, FALLS CITY SACRED HEART 38: Wynot’s dynasty continued as the team won its seventh state title and sixth in nine years.

The Blue Devils have been to the state championship game eight of the last nine years.

Wynot held a 30-16 lead in the third quarter and held on for the victory in a wild finish.

Karley Heimes led three Wynot players in double figures with 11 points. Katelyn Heine and Shaelee Planer each had 10.

THIRD-PLACE GAMES:

CLASS C1 - WAHOO 46, MITCHELL 24

CLASS C2 - OAKLAND-CRAIG 68, FILLMORE CENTRAL 60

CLASS D1 - PLEASANTON 53, ELKHORN VALLEY 45

CLASS D2 - BDS 36. STERLING 34