Girls State Basketball Quarterfinals

GI Northwest and Holdrege Win First Round Games

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Updated: Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:28:53 CST

Welcome back to News 5's Fifth Quarter on News 5 at Ten.

As we continue our Nebraska State high school basketball report, we are joined by News 5's Will Sherratt live at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.

Will, you saw some game that went to the last few minutes and certainly many enthusiastic fans to cheer them on.

Yes Ed... and greetings from ...the Devaney Center.

Once again ... a basketball arena ...at least for the next two weeks

For the state basketball championships

With a great beginning to the ladies tournament today in Lincoln

Over at Pinnacle Bank Arena ...the number 7 seed in Class A ...Kearney

Squaring off against #2 Omaha Benson

Bearcats ...getting on the board first ...thanks to a tough hoop from Skyler Snider

Then Kelsey Stithem ...follows it up with a tough take of her own

4–0 Kearney

Late in the quarter ...Kylee Askew ...teeing one up

You betcha ...Kearney up 1 after 1

Second quarter ... Stithem ...can't get it to go

But Brianna Miller...is there to clean it up

Kearney Pulls within three...but it was all bunnies from there

As Benson Prevails... 63–36

Here at the Devaney Center ...a Class C–1 Bout

Pitting #3 Kearney Catholic and #6 Bishop Neumann

3rd quarter ...stars up 8 ...let's make it double digits

Anna Squiers ...blows past the defenders ...to put the stars up 24–14

They're rolling...right?

They were ...until Bishop Nuemann catches fire from the outside

Abby Nelson ....then ...Morgan Vasa

Cavaliers go on a 12–0 run ...to pull ahead 26–24

Late in the fourth ...stars down 3

Not any longer ...Kylie Thiele ...bang

Nodded at 42

Stars up 2 now ...Allow them to score...and foul!!

Tied at 44 ...but the free throw was no good

So the stars come back ...with a chance to win it ...

And Madison Squiers ...does just that

Hoop ...and the harm!!!! Makes the free throw ...KC up 3

Last second chance for Bishop Nuemann ...trying to channel their inner Christian Laetnner

And the pass ...goes awry ...as the Stars ...are moving on

To face Pierce tomorrow ...in the semi's

"I was actually pretty surprised myself. I knew that I had to knock down the free throw and get the job done."

"Hopefully it gives us confidence that we can compete down here at state and if we get into a situation where it is a close game then we can finish down the stretch again."

While over at Lincoln Southwest

The #2 seed in Class C–2 ...St. Cecilia ...squares off against #7 Dundy County–Stratton

Tight one in the 4th...when STC turns it up on D

Morgan Nikkala ...jars it loose ...gets it back from Shandra Farmer

For the bucket ...and the foul

Hawkettes up 39–35

Later ...farmer ...taking it away

She goes the route

To move St Cecilia in front

41–35

Then ...the Dagger ...Lil Sheehy ...buckets

As the hawkettes ..advance ...to face Pender ...tomorrow at 2