Grand Island Northwest won the first state final to go to two overtimes. It was the first extra-period game in a Class B final since York nipped Lexington 39-38 in 1977, the tournament’s first year, and only the third two-OT contest in any championship round.
Lincoln Southeast’s Jess Shepard grabbed 19 rebounds and officially scored 26 points.
Notice that “officially” is used to describe Shepard’s scoring. A second-quarter basket was credited to her instead of Alexa Kastanek, which would affect Shepard’s pending Class A tournament record of 81 points. The Nebraska School Activities Association was notified late Saturday night.
THEY SAID IT
“Please don’t mention free throws.” — Pender coach Larry Ballinger, whose team beat O’Neill St. Mary’s for the Class D-1 title despite making only 10 of 26 foul shots.
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Jessica Shepard, Lincoln Southeast; Alexa Kastanek, Lincoln Southeast; Kate Liveringhouse, Bellevue West; McKenzie Brown, Grand Island Northwest; Bridget Arens, Crofton.
Jessica Shepard, Lincoln Southeast; Alexa Kastanek, Lincoln Southeast; Reanne May, Lincoln Southeast; Kate Liveringhouse, Bellevue West; Sylvia Smith-Gatson, Omaha Central.
McKenzie Brown, Grand Island Northwest; Katie Placke, Grand Island Northwest; Bridget Bucher, Norris; Kourteney Zadina, Seward; Hanah Barnard, Beatrice.
Krystina Koepke, Pierce; Rachelle Tucker, Pierce; Therin Baum, Kearney Catholic; Michaela Mestl, Kearney Catholic; Peyton Hinn, Chadron.
Bridget Arens, Crofton; Allison Arens, Crofton; Quinn Wragge, Crofton; Clare Hamburger, Hastings St. Cecilia; Daynlee Miller, Hershey.
Maggie Fillippi, Pender; Paige Ballinger, Pender; Brooke Bauer, O’Neill St. Mary’s; Marisa Blanke, Emerson-Hubbard; Abby Ortmeier, WP GACC.
Maggie Schulte, Wynot; Samantha Wieseler, Wynot; Laurel Krohn, Osmond; Carissa Gutz, Osmond; Maggie Goltz, Falls City Sacred Heart.