Anselmo-Merna, Sandhills/Thedford, Mullen, and South Loup Advance to MNAC Girls Semifinals

The girls semifinals are set for the Mid Nebraska Activities Conference basketball tournament. In second round games played at Arnold, the game of the night was played between Mullen and Twin Loup. Twin Loup built a 22 point lead in the third quarter but saw it evaporate as Mullen came all the way back for a thrilling 49-47 victory. Mullen held Twin Loup without a field goal in the final 8 minutes and outscored the Wolves 18-2 in the fourth quarter to complete the dramatic comeback. Mullen was led by Shelby Welsh who had a game high 20 points. Whitney Jennings finished with 13 points for Mullen and Taylor Svoboda also finished in double figures with 11. Twin Loup was led by Alexis Mauler who had a team high 18 points. Kathryn Folkers also finished in double figures for the Wolves with 11. Mullen advances to the semifinals where the will play South Loup. The Lady Bobcats defeated Hyannis 65-26. Twelve players scored for South Loup led by Megan Donegan who had a game high 18 points. Taylor Ross also finished in double figures with 13.

In second round games played at Merna, Sandhills/Thedford advanced to the semifinals with a 43-34 win over Arthur County. Dayle Haake led Sandhills/Thedford with a double double including 13 points and 14 rebounds. The Lady Knights will face top seed Anselmo-Merna in the semifinals. AM defeated Sandhills Valley 68-26. The Lady Coyotes were led by Shaylyn Safranek who had a game high 24 points.

The semifinal round is now all set for the MNAC tournament on Thursday at Broken Bow High School. The day will begin at 3 p.m. with boys semifinal #1 featuring Mullen vs Anselmo-Merna followed by boys top seed Hyannis taking on Sandhills/Thedford. The first girls semifinal is scheduled to tip at 6 p.m. featuring Mullen vs South Loup and the day will conclude with girls top seed Anselmo-Merna taking on Sandhills/Thedford. All four semifinal games will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM and A live video stream of Thursday’s semifinals will be available on the KCNI/KBBN You Tube page and on the Sandhills Express Facebook page.