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Girls state basketball surprises tip-off ‘March Madness’

March 9, 2011

Basketball fans, ‘March Madness’ is underway! Last weekend, the high school girls state basketball tournament was held. In some of the classes, the top seeds made it all the way to the championship game while others stumbled on the way. Nothing is a given when it comes to championship basketball especially in March.
The girls Class A bracket played out as it should have with Bellevue East coming back late in the game to steal the win from Bellevue West 52-49 for the state championship.

Girls State Tournament Scoreboard - Finals

March 6, 2011

Saturday (3/5/11)
Girls Basketball State Tournament Final Results
CLASS A
State Champion - Bellevue East 52
State Runner-up - Bellevue West 49
3rd Place - Millard West 55
4th Place - Omaha Central 50

CLASS B
State Champion - Seward 70
State Runner-up - Elkhorn 54
3rd Place - Holdrege 56
4th Place - Beatrice 44

CLASS C1
State Champion - Hastings St. Cecilia 65
State Runner-up - Wahoo 61
3rd Place - Sandy Creek 62
4th Place - Minden 45

CLASS C2
State Champion - Homer 49
State Runner-up - Crofton 45
3rd Place - Hartington Cedar Catholic 55

Girls State Tournament Scoreboard - Semifinals

March 6, 2011

Friday (3/4/11)
Girls Basketball State Tournament Semifinal Results
CLASS A
#1 Bellevue East 54, #5 Millard West 43
#2 Bellevue West 69, #3 Omaha Central 63

CLASS B
#1 Seward 48, #5 Beatrice 34
#2 Elkhorn 46, #6 Holdrege 39

CLASS C1
#1 Wahoo 59, #5 Minden 46
#3 Hastings St. Cecilia 78, #2 Sandy Creek 65

CLASS C2
#1 Crofton 49, #5 Aquinas Catholic 36
#6 Homer 41, #7 Hartington Cedar Catholic 39

CLASS D1
#6 Howells 40, #2 Chambers/Wheeler Central 24
#4 Pender 58, #1 West Point Central Catholic 51

CLASS D2
#3 Wynot 53, #2 Lindsay Holy Family 44

Girls State Tournament Scoreboard

March 4, 2011

First Round Results:
CLASS A
#1 Bellevue East 53, #8 Papillion-LaVista 48
#5 Millard West 45, #4 Lincoln Southeast 32
#2 Bellevue West 75, #7 Papillion-LaVista South 58
#3 Omaha Central 65, #6 Columbus 32

CLASS B
#1 Seward 61, #8 Omaha Skutt Catholic 42
#5 Beatrice 65, #4 Scottsbluff 42
#2 Elkhorn 46, #7 Norris 43 OT
#6 Holdrege 52, #3 Lexington 51

CLASS C1
#1 Wahoo 64, #8 Norfolk Catholic 35
#5 Minden 49, #4 Gordon-Rushville 38
#2 Sandy Creek 73, #7 Centura 45
#3 Hastings St. Cecilia 52, #6 Ashland-Greenwood 36

CLASS C2
#1 Crofton 54, #8 Lincoln Christian 48

Lady Warriors sent home after first round loss

March 4, 2011

The Ansley Lady Warriors met their match in the first round of the Girls State Basketball Tournament. From the tip-off the Wynot Lady Blue Devils dominated the Lady Warriors on both ends of the court. All season long the Lady Warriors were the team that created the pace of the game. Against Wynot, the Lady Warriors were over-matched by a faster and more physical team.

Ansley begins tournament play against Wynot

March 3, 2011

KEARNEY -- For the third time in school history, the Ansley Lady Warriors qualified for the Girls State Basketball Tournament. The Ansley Lady Warrior also qualified for the State Tournament in 1981 and 1984. Their fist opponent in the 2011 State Tournament will be the Wynot Lady Blue Devils who were the 2010 Class D2 State Runners-up.
The Lady Warriors drew the No. 6 seed while Wynot was awarded the No. 3 seed. The Lady Warriors were 23-2 this season with their only losses to Sandhills/Thedford and Mullen. Wynot was 22-2 with losses to Class C2 State qualifiers Crofton and Homer.

Broncos return to State after 59 year absence

March 3, 2011

VALENTINE -- The Mullen boys basketball team is returning to the Boys State Basketball Tournament. The Broncos became the D2-6 district champions defeating Hay Springs 55-52 Tuesday night. Their trip to Lincoln will be the 13th time that the Broncos have qualified for the State Tournament and the first since 1952.

Knights return to State Tournament for 2nd year in a row

March 3, 2011

ALLIANCE -- The Sandhills/Thedford Knights are returning to the Boys State Basketball Tournament for the second year in a row. The Knights were victorious in the D1-6 District Final against Crawford 60-36. Winning the district championship qualified the Knights in the Class D1 tournament field.

Lady Warriors are heading to Lincoln

February 26, 2011

The Ansley Lady Warriors qualified for the Girls State Basketball Tournament after a come-from-behind win over Wilcox-Hildreth in the D2-4 district final.
The D2-4 District Champions trailed the entire first half but were able to take the lead near the end of the third quarter. Both teams traded baskets through most of the fourth quarter until Ansley had two key steals as the game clock winded down to pull in the lead for good. The Lady Warriors won the District Championship 44-37 advancing to the State Tournament.

Three area boys teams advance to district finals

February 26, 2011

The Sargent Bulldogs became one of three teams that saw their season continue last Thursday. The Bulldogs won the Class D2-8 subdistrict with a 34-28 win over Arcadia. The Bulldogs advance to play Pleasanton in the D2-4 district final in Loup City Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
From up in the Sandhills, Mullen and Sandhills/Thedford both advanced to their respective district final games with 3-point wins. The Mullen Broncos defeated Cody-Kilgore 56-53 and will now play Hay Springs Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Valentine for the D2-6 district title.

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