By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Two area teams, Dundy County-Stratton and North Platte St. Pat’s, are in Lincoln this week for the girls’ state basketball tournament.
In addition, Chadron, who won the C1-12 subdistrict in which Chase County competed, went on to defeat Ainsworth Friday night, 46-39, at districts, and is also in Lincoln for state.
DC-Stratton and St. Pat’s are both on the Lady Longhorns’ regular season schedule. Chase County handed St. Pat’s one of its only three losses this season in a two-point overtime victory Feb. 6.
The Lady Irish edged Hemingford, 53-49, Friday night to win the C2-4 district title and punch its ticket to state.
St. Pat’s, 23-3, is the No. 7 seed in the C2 tournament and faces No. 2 seed Hastings St. Cecilia, 21-3, in its first round game today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. CT at Lincoln North Star.
Undefeated Dundy Co.-Stratton, 26-0, is the No. 2 seed in the D1 state tournament, and opens play against No. 7 seed Humphrey St. Francis, 21-5. Tip-off today (Thursday) is at 9 a.m. CT at Lincoln Southwest. Chadron, 20-6, and in the C1 state tourney as the No. 7 seed, faces No. 2 Kearney Catholic today (Thursday) in the Devaney Sports Center for a 3:45 p.m. CT game.
Thursday winners advance to Friday’s semi-finals, with Saturday set aside for the finals in the Pinnacle Arena.
Finals on NET
State high school girls’ basketball teams will converge in Lincoln to play for the title in six different classes when the finals are broadcast live on NET from the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday.
All times listed below are CT.
Games will begin at 9 a.m. with the Class D-1 finals. The day-long coverage continues with the Class C-1 championship at 11 a.m. and the Class B title game at 1 p.m.
After a break, the match-ups continue at 4:30 p.m. with the Class D-2 game, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the Class A final. The Class C-2 championship concludes the day’s action at 8:30 p.m.
Calling the action all day will be sportscasters Larry Punteney, Trudi Nolin and Andy Kendeigh.