Having lost to No. 1-rated Beatrice in two previous meetings this season, South Sioux City coach Ashley O’Dell knew that Lady Orange guard Hanah Barnard was a solid player.
However, one couldn’t blame O’Dell and the Cardinals for at least being a little surprised to see Barnard score a career-high 31 points and tie a Class B state tournament record with six 3-pointers in a 59-56 first-round win for Beatrice. Barnard, who was 5-of-5 from 3-point range in the game’s first 10 minutes and finished 6-of-8 from beyond the arc, had made just one 3-pointer in each of her first two games against South Sioux City and entered the state tournament averaging 13.7 points per game.
“We knew that she was a good shooter, though, and probably capable of what she did today,” O’Dell said of Barnard. “So hat’s off to her. She had a great, great game and probably won that game for her team.”
Barnard’s six 3-pointers tied the Class B state-tournament single-game mark with Terri Johnson of Lincoln Pius X (1988), April Sailors of South Sioux City (1995), Jessie Runty of Elkhorn (2000) and Erika Stolz of Holdrege (2012).
The all-time single-game record for 3-pointers in the state tournament is seven. That mark is shared by Monica Osborn of Axtell (1994), Pieper Conard of Lincoln Southeast (1998), Susan Pritchard of Laurel-Concord (2003) and Brooke Kissinger of Minden (2012).
— Terry Douglass