The Broken Bow girls basketball team claimed the C1-5 district championship on Friday. Broken Bow held off Columbus Scotus in a low scoring defensive battle 31-21 to advance to the girls state basketball tournament for the first time since winning the state championship back in 2003. The game was tied 18-18 at halftime and the two teams would combine for only 16 points in the second half. The key was Broken Bow scored 13 of those 16 as Columbus Scotus made just one field goal in the entire second half. Broken Bow was led by Kya Scott who had a game high 11 points and Kali Staples had 9. Broken Bow advances to the state tournament which begins next week in Lincoln. The Lady Indians will begin play on Wednesday. KCNI/KBBN will provide live coverage of all Broken Bow games from the tournament.
Mullen will make a return trip to the state tournament. Mullen claimed the D2-4 district title with a 63-53 win over Loomis. Mullen will begin play at the tournament on Wednesday with all games broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM and on kbbn.com.
Anselmo-Merna fell just short in their bid to qualify for the state tournament. The Lady Coyotes dropped a tight 42-36 decision to Bruning Davenport Shickley. The game was tied at half and BDS led by just two going to the fourth quarter but BDS was able to hold off AM in the fourth and secure the win. Anselmo-Merna was led by Jaide Chandler who had a team high 12 points. Anselmo-Merna ends the season at 17-7.
In other area district final action, Wood River defeated South Loup in the C2-2 district final 62-43. The Lady Bobcats end the season at 18-5 and SEM fell to Chambers Wheeler Central in the D2-3 district final 50-35.