WEEPING WATER, Neb. — Omaha Brownell Talbot’s dream of a possible first state tournament berth came to an abrupt end Thursday night.
An experienced Louisville team saw to that.
The Lions dominated from the start, posting a 66-32 win in the Class C1-3 subdistrict final. Louisville advances to next week’s district final while the season ends for the 17-8 Raiders.
“They were a well-oiled machine,’’ Brownell Talbot coach Jacob Dahlke said of Louisville. “They were too big, too fast and too strong.’’
Also too experienced. Louisville has seven seniors on its roster while Brownell Talbot has just one — four-year starter Eliza Rice.
The Lions also are no strangers to the postseason, having reached the state tournament in 2016 and 2017. They lost in the subdistrict final last year to Conestoga on the same Weeping Water court it won on Thursday night.
“I didn’t want to bring that up,’’ Louisville coach Wally Johnson said. “But I’m pretty sure the girls remembered, so we exorcised some demons tonight.’’
The Lions led 16-6 after the first quarter and 32-9 at halftime. They kept extending their lead, which reached 35 in the fourth quarter.
Johnson also credited his team for its defense.
“We knew they had some girls who could hit the 3,’’ the coach said. “We got out on them and took them out of their comfort zone.’’
Not only did the Lions take away those shots behind the arc — the Raiders finished with four 3-pointers — but Louisville did long-range damage of its own. Johnson’s team sank 10 treys, including four in the third quarter.
Three seniors — Meagan Mackling, Avery Heard and Jordan Winkler — scored in double figures for Louisville. Mackling led the way with 16, followed by Heard with 13 and Winkler with 11.
Heard also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
“We had a lot of players contributing tonight,’’ Johnson said. “It was a good team win.’’
Josie Petrulis led Brownell Talbot with 11 points, and Grace Thaden had 10.
Dahlke said the loss didn’t diminish what his squad achieved this season. That included school records for wins and points.
“It’s a process,’’ he said. “And to have the season we had with so many players, this is definitely something we can build on.’’
Omaha Brownell Talbot (17-8)……….6 3 14 9—32
Louisville (21-3)………………….16 16 21 13—66
OBT: Cecan Porter 4, Eliza Rice 3, Josie Petrulis 11, Janki Patel 2, Thalia Lawson-Betum 2, Grace Thaden 10.
L: Mckenzie Norris 5, Avery Heard 13, Meagan Mackling 16, Jordan Winkler 11, Lauren Kalkowski 3, Juliette Andrews 3, Maia Johnson 8, Faye Jacobsen 7.
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