Created: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:16:00 CST
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
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 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
Then ...the Dagger ...Lil Sheehy ...buckets
As the hawkettes ..advance ...to face Pender ...tomorrow at 2