Upset-minded Syracuse loses eight-point lead late, falls to No. 1 Mitchell in district final

NORTH PLATTE – The Mitchell girls basketball team, the top-ranked team in Class C1, came back from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter and survived an upset bid from No. 16 Syracuse Friday afternoon, 44-39, in overtime.

The Tigers completed a three-point play at the free throw line with :11 seconds left in the fourth quarter, eventually qualifying for their fourth consecutive state tournament.

Mitchell (24-1) was led by seniors Jessica Cotant and Anabelle Gillen. They each finished with 10 points.

Head Coach Shawn Harvey says Syracuse was throwing two to three players to guard UNLV commit Keyana Wilfred.

“Our other players just weren’t seeing the opening. Other teams have done that to us before. I credit Syracuse. They have a solid team. Everybody on their team has a lot of heart. They came at us and gave us everything they had.”

The Rockets, who haven’t qualified for the state tournament since 1986, finish the year at 17-9. Senior Meredith Clark had a game-high 13 points. Junior Lauren Meyer and senior Brooklyn Nordhues each had 8 points.

C2-7: Yutan vs. Lourdes Central Catholic

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Platteview High School

Radio: KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM,

D1-4: Archbishop Bergan vs. Johnson-Brock

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Waverly High School

Radio: B103 (103.1 FM,

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