Games Revealed for 2023 Girls Basketball Showcase – Broken Bow to Play Beatrice

The matchups for the 2023 Nebraska Girls Basketball Showcase were revealed Sunday by creator and organizer Kelly Cooksley (Broken Bow girls basketball head coach).  This is the 3rd year of the showcase.  The event will take place January 7th, 2023 at Kearney High School.  It was announced that Broken Bow will face Class B Beatrice at the showcase next year.  It will be the fourth of eight games played on the day.  Broken Bow is coming off a second straight state tournament appearance and their 4th straight season of 20 or more wins.  Beatrice was a state tournament qualifier in Class B last season and ended the year with a 16-6 overall record.

The first of eight games at the showcase will feature a Class D1 matchup as Alma faces Elgin Public Pope John.  Both teams qualified for a district final last season but fell just short in qualifying for the state tournament.

Game two will feature a cross class matchup as Class C2 Amherst plays Class D2 St. Mary’s of O’Neill.  Amherst was 19-7 last season and lost to Sutton in the C2-6 district final.  St. Mary’s qualified for the Class D2 state tournament and would finish fourth at the tournament after making it to the state semifinals.

Game three is another cross class matchup which will feature Shelton vs GICC.  Shelton qualified for the girls state tournament for the first time last season and made it all the way to the championship game where they finished as the state runner up.  They will face perennial power Grand Island Central Catholic who made it to the state semifinals in the Class C1 state tournament and finished the tournament in third place.

Game five of the day will feature Malcolm vs Bridgeport.  Malcolm was a state tournament qualifier in Class C1 last season and finished the season at 20-7.  Bridgeport will be looking to make another run at a state championship after finishing as the Class C2 state runner up to Hastings St. Cecilia this past season.

The sixth game of the showcase may be considered the “showcase” game as Class A power Millard South will face Olathe North of Kansas.  Olathe North was 23-2 last season while Millard South went through the regular season last year undefeated and made it to the Class A state tournament semifinals before falling to Lincoln Southwest.

The seventh game of the showcase features Pender vs. Milford.  It will be the second matchup on the day that features two teams that made it to a district final last season but fell just short of qualifying for the state tournament.

The final game of the showcase will feature the defending Class B stat champion Elkhorn North against Class A Kearney High. Kearney will be looking to improve on a 13-11 record from last season while Elkhorn North looks to repeat as state champion.

Girls Basketball Showcase January 7th, 2023 at Kearney High – Schedule
8:50 – Alma vs Elgin Public Pope John
10:30 – Amherst vs St. Mary’s
12:10 Shelton vs GICC
1:50 – Beatrice vs Broken Bow
3:30 – Malcolm vs Bridgport
5:10 – Olathe North (KS) vs Millard South
6:50 – Pender vs Milford
8:30 – Kearney vs Elkhorn North