The Broken Bow girls basketball team fell to Gothenburg in the opening round of the Class C1 girls state basketball tournament Monday 45-43. The Lady Swedes never trailed in the game and had an answer every time Broken Bow made a run. Gothenburg led by as many as 11 in the third quarter. Broken Bow trailed 30-25 going to the fourth. Broken Bow’s Kya Scott would hit a 3 early in the fourth to bring Bow to within 2 but Gothenburg continued to keep Broken Bow at arm’s length and would not give up the lead. The Lady Indians made one final charge in the final 30 seconds when Halle McCaslin nailed a 3 from the corner to bring Broken Bow to within 43-42 with 11.4 seconds remaining in the game. Gothenburg’s Ashlyn Richeson was fouled with 7 seconds remaining and was able to make both foul shots to put the Swedes up 45-42. Broken Bow was unable to launch a three point attempt to tie the game as Kailyn Scott was fouled with .5 seconds remaining. Scott made the first and intentionally missed the second but their was no opportunity for a rebound and put back as Gothenburg held on for the win. Broken Bow was led Kailyn Scott and MaKinley Tobey who each finished with 10 points. Gothenburg’s Ellarey Harm led all scorers with a game high 19 points. It was the fourth time Broken Bow and Gothenburg met this season and was Gothenburg’s first win in the season series. Gothenburg advances to the Class C1 semifinals where they will face top seed Lincoln Lutheran who edged BRLD Monday 33-32. In the other Class C1 quarterfinal games on Monday, North Bend Central defeated Malcolm 61-49 and GICC defeated St. Paul 40-31.
It was another great season for the Broken Bow Lady Indians. It marks their fourth straight season of 20 or more wins as they finish the year at 22-5.