Anselmo-Merna and Broken Bow Win District Titles and Qualify for the Girls State Basketball Tournament

The Broken Bow girls basketball team claimed the C1-2 district championship Friday night and qualified for the state tournament for the second year in a row.  Omaha Gross Catholic scored the first two points of the game but that would be the only lead they would enjoy during the night.  Broken Bow was up 22-15 at halftime but then outscored Omaha Gross 38-14 in the second half to pull away for a 60-29 victory.  Bow had four players finish in double figures led by MaKinley Tobey who had a game high 12 points.  Joscelyn Coleman, Kya Scott, and Brianna Quinn all finished with 10 a piece as Broken Bow picked up its 22nd win of the season.  The Lady Indians advance to the NSAA girls state basketball championships which begin March 7th in Lincoln.

It was a wild ending to the D2-4 district championship game, as Anselmo-Merna advanced to the girls state tournament with a 27-26 win over Parkview Christian.  With the game tied 26-26, AM’s RayLee Downing was fouled on a rebound attempt with less than a second remaining in regulation.  Downing was injured on the play and was unable to go to the free throw line.  Taking her place at the line was freshman Makenna Miller.  Miller missed the front end of a one and one with .3 seconds remaining but Parkview Christian was called for a lane violation which gave Miller another chance.  She would take advantage of the opportunity and knocked down the free throw for the lead.  Miller missed the second but there was no time left for Parkview Christian.  Jaide Chandler and Shaylyn Safranek each had 11 points to lead the Lady Coyotes in scoring. It was AM’s 19th win of the season as they qualify for the state tournament for the first time since 2006.

Sandhills/Thedford saw its season come to an end on Friday as they fell to Humphrey St. Francis in the D2-2 district championship 65-42.  The Lady Knights end the season at 13-11.

Girls Scores 2/25
Friday (02/25/2022)

Adams Central 61, Platteview 34
Archbishop Bergan 48, Plainview 36
BDS 63, Elgin Public/Pope John 57 (OT)
BRLD 41, Wahoo 38
Blair 41, Sidney 35
Bridgeport 59, North Central 48
Broken Bow 60, Omaha Gross Catholic 29
Crawford 49, Silver Lake 47
Crofton 53, Superior 41
Diller-Odell 65, Wauneta-Palisade 43
Elkhorn North 63, McCook 38
Elkhorn Valley 40, Yutan 19
Elmwood-Murdock 58, McCool Junction 28
Falls City Sacred Heart 63, Osceola 23
Gothenburg 36, Milford 29
Grand Island Central Catholic 48, Chase County 35
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 44, Norfolk Catholic 30
Hartington Cedar Catholic 55, Ravenna 33
Hastings St. Cecilia 50, Centennial 17
Humphrey St. Francis 65, Sandhills/Thedford 42
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 45, Overton 39
Lincoln Lutheran 38, Fairbury 18
Malcolm 46, Syracuse 36
Nebraska Christian 47, Alma 36
Niobrara/Verdigre 55, Johnson-Brock 43
North Bend Central 58, Ainsworth 32
Oakland-Craig 49, Gordon-Rushville 36
Omaha Skutt Catholic 69, Holdrege 18
Parkview Christian 265, Anselmo-Merna 27
Ponca 57, Pender 41
Shelton 42, Cambridge 23
St. Mary’s 56, Exeter-Milligan 32
St. Paul 42, Columbus Scotus 35 (Ot)
Sterling 65, South Platte 33
Sutton 57, Amherst 44
Waverly 50, Scottsbluff 48
Wynot 44, Maywood-Hayes Center 20
York 33, Northwest 28