Lincoln Southwest’s one-point loss to Lincoln Northeast in the district finals is going to keep the Silver Hawks out of the Class A girls basketball state tournament.
There are only two possibilities for the one Class A wild-card team at state. The wild card would go to Millard West (21-4, 43.92) if it loses to Kearney at home in its scheduled 7 p.m. final Friday. A Wildcat win would send the wild-card berth to the loser of the Omaha Benson-Omaha Central district final. That game remains scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Friday at Central.
Southwest (20-5, 43.00 point average) can tie Central if the Eagles lose, but Central (18-5) wins the tiebreaker based on a stronger schedule. Benson (16-6) also finishes ahead of Southwest with a loss.
In Class B girls, which has two wild-card teams, Beatrice (18-2, 46.60) has one sewn up in advance of its B-1 district final Friday night against rival Norris. The pecking order would continue with Gretna (21-3, 45.29), Grand Island Northwest (22-2, 45.17) , Seward (21-3, 45.08) and Norris (17-5, 44.59).
Five of the six Class B girls districts, those most in the path of the winter storm that began Thursday, held their semifinals on Wednesday instead of Thursday as originally scheduled. All six district finals are set for Friday night.