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Every point was crucial last week in the subdistrict championship game. Josie Peterson (13) goes up for the two she scored in a tight game with Ogallala. (Johnson Publications photo)

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Chase County celebrates its C1-11 subdistrict championship last Thursday at North Platte High School, after winning a 44-40 game over Ogallala. It’s now on to the district final this Friday. (Johnson Publications photo)

On to district title game for Lady Longhorns

    It’s been 17 years since the Chase County girls have advanced to the district title game in basketball, but the Lady Longhorns are on their way.
    Not since the year 2000 has Chase County played for the district title, but after two tough C1-11 subdistrict victories last week, the Lady Longhorns continue their post-season play another week.
    A trip to the Class C1 state tournament will be decided this Friday when Chase County goes up against Mitchell, winner of the C1-12 subdistrict.
    The two teams will meet in Sidney Friday for the 7 p.m. district title game. That winner earns a berth in the state tournament.
    Chase County will have to be at the top of its game Friday to get to Lincoln.
    Mitchell, with a 22-1 record, is No. 1 in the Class C1 point standings this week after beating Gordon-Rushville, 59-29, in the C1-12 final last week.
    “They’re athletic, fast and play a very deliberate offense,” said Coach Mark Bottom.
    Mitchell also has a big post player who can take the ball to the hoop, he said.
    Mitchell’s only loss was to Sterling, Colo., 37-45, in December.
    With its two wins over Cozad and Ogallala last week, Chase County upped its season record to 17-7 heading into Friday’s district championship.
    That puts them No. 8 in the point standings, not high enough for a state wild card berth, said Coach Bottom. They’ll need to win Friday’s game to make the state tournament, which would be the first since 1994.

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