Wynot wins state championship after holding off late Falls City Sacred Heart rally

Wynot wins state championship after holding off late Falls City Sacred Heart rally
Katelyn Heine hugs Michaela Lange after Wynot after Wynot wins the 2019 Class D2 State Championship. MIKE SAUTTER/THE WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — Wynot reclaimed the Class D-2 title from Falls City Sacred Heart, beating the Irish 39-38 only after a fourth-quarter tussle Saturday night.

After leading by 14 in the first minute of the second half, the Blue Devils lost most of that cushion. When Rachel Magdanz sank a 3 with 1:36 left, Sacred Heart was trailing only 39-36.

And when Danielle Bippes made a layup and was fouled with 23.4 seconds left, it was a one-point game. But she missed the free throw, which Wynot’s Karley Heimes rebounded.

The Irish regained possession by rebounding a missed free throw but had a turnover with 5.1 seconds left. And again got it back on a rebound with 1.4 seconds left after another Wynot miss at the line. Magdanz’s desperation 3, after she took the fullcourt throw-in, hit the backboard but also was shot after the buzzer.

Heimes had 11 points for No. 6 Wynot (22-6). Magdanz had 12 for No. 1 Sacred Heart (25-4), the two-time defending champion.

Since 2011, either Sacred Heart or Wynot has been D-2 champion. The Irish beat Wynot in the 2015 and 2017 finals.

“We’ve played them so many times over the years,” Blue Devils coach Steve Wieseler said. “We know each other so well.

“The girls came out in the first half and got a lot of steals. I was excited to see that.”

No. 1 Sacred Heart had a rough first half of more turnovers (14) than points (13). After leading 8-7 after the first quarter, the Irish were outscored 18-5 in the second.

Karley Heimes, a freshman with 11 points in her first two tournament games, had seven in the second quarter on a 3-pointer, a jumper and two free throws. Katelyn Heine ended the half with a 3-pointer from the corner for a 25-13 lead.

“The second quarter is where it got away from us,” Irish coach Luke Santo said. “We got down double digits and they hit the 3 at the end. Our guards were pretty spooked the first half.

“Their style is so tough. The way they play is helter-skelter, up in your face, for 32 minutes.”

Wynot had two close games in the tournament. In the first round, a 45-44 win over pretournament favorite Humphrey St. Francis, it took Shaelee Planer’s basket with 1.8 seconds left.

Wynot (22-6)…………..7 18 5     9—39

Falls City SH (25-4)….8      5 8 17—38

W: Shaelee Planer 4-11 2-6 10, Noelle Wieseler 2-2 1-1 5, Katelyn Heine 4-8 0-1 10, Kaitlyn Heimes 0-1 1-2 1, Michaela Mange 0-5 2-4 2, Emersyn Sudbeck 0-1 0-0 0, Autumn Lawson 0-2 0-0 0, Karley Heimes 3-7 4-6 11, Edyn Sudbeck 0-3 0-0 0, Chloe Heimes 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Pinkelman 0-0 0-0 0.

FCSH: McKenzie Witt 2-4 0-0 4, Ahren Ebel 3-6 2-3 8, Erison Vonderschmidt 2-6 4-68, Danielle Bippes 1-2 0-1 2, Rachel Magdanz 4-12 2-6 12, Lauren Malone 0- 1 0-0 0, Elizabeth Keithley 1-1 2-3 4, Randee Witt 0-0 0-0 0.

3-point goals: W 3-11 (Planer 0-2, Heine 2-3, Lange 2-3, Karley Heimes 1-3), FCSH 2-6 (Magdanz 2-6). Total fouls: W 20, FCSH 17. Fouled out: none. Technicals: none. Turnovers: W 14, FCSH 20. Rebounds: W 27 (Planer, Heine 4), FCSH 32 (Vonderschmidt 8). Field-goal percentage: W .325, FCSH .406. Free-throw percentage W .500, FCSH .526.

Six teams crowned champions at Nebraska high school girls state basketball tournament

LINCOLN — In an action-packed weekend at Pinnacle Bank Arena, six teams secured titles during the Nebraska high school girls state basketball tournament.

Millard North, Grand Island Northwest, Wahoo Neumann, Hastings St. Cecilia, Fremont Bergan and Wynot all won state championships.

In Class A, the Mustangs won their first state title in their 15th appearance at state. Lauren West scored 31 points to lead Millard North to a 62-52 win over Lincoln Southwest.

Grand Island Northwest claimed its first Class B girls basketball state title since 2014 and fourth all-time with a 48-43 win over Crete. Vikings junior Whitney Brown had 23 points and five steals. Crete junior Morgan Maly, a Creighton commit, scored 24 points in the loss.

The top-ranked Cavaliers earned a 45-29 victory over No. 4 Lincoln Christian in the Class C-1 title game. A 30-16 advantage in second half helped Neumann to the program’s third championship (2009 and 2010) after the Cavaliers fell 40-37 in overtime to Columbus Scotus in last year’s title game.

The Hawkettes pulled away in the fourth quarter to clinch a 63-45 win over Crofton in Class C-2. Lexi Vertin scored 17 points for Hastings St. Cecilia, which earned the program’s first state title since winning C-1 in 2011.

Haley Kempf scored a game-high 17 points to help Fremont Bergan win the program’s first state title. The Knights defeated Dundy County-Stratton 36-27 to complete the volleyball-basketball championship sweep in the lowest-scoring D-1 final ever.

Wynot reclaimed the Class D-2 title from Falls City Sacred Heart, beating the Irish 39-38 only after a fourth-quarter tussle Saturday night. After leading by 14 in the first minute of the second half, the Blue Devils lost most of that cushion. When Rachel Magdanz sank a 3 with 1:36 left, Sacred Heart was trailing only 39-36.

Nebraska state girls basketball all-tournament teams

ALL-CLASS

Lauren West, Millard North

Whitney Brown, Grand Island Northwest

Morgan Maly, Crete

Lexi Vertin, Hastings St. Cecilia

Dacey Nelson, Oakland-Craig

CLASS A

Lauren West, Millard North

Alexis Markowski, Lincoln Pius X

Jaden Ferguson, Lincoln Southwest

Nicole Avila-Ambrosi, Millard North

Hannah Kelle, Lincoln Southwest

CLASS B

Whitney Brown, GI Northwest

Morgan Maly, Crete

Sydni Schernikau, Waverly

Lily Ziemkiewicz, Elkhorn South

Lauren Hauser, GI Northwest

CLASS C-1

Lindsey Thiele, Wahoo Neumann

Taylor Stuhr, Wahoo Neumann

Kendal Brigham, Wahoo

Keyana Wilfred, Mitchell

Olivia Hollenbeck, Lincoln Christian

CLASS C-2

Lexi Vertin, Hastings St. Cecilia

Dacey Nelson, Oakland-Craig

Lacey Sprakel, Crofton

Makenna Asher, Hastings St. Cecilia

Bailey Kissinger, Hastings St. Cecilia

CLASS D-1

Allison Dieckmann, Fremont Bergan

Haley Kempf, Fremont Bergan

Grace Cave, Weeping Water

Hannah Ollendick, Elkhorn Valley

Grace Frederick, Dundy County-Stratton

CLASS D-2

Katelyn Heine, Wynot

Shaelee Planer, Wynot

Rachel Magdanz, Falls City Sacred Heart

Erison Vonderschmidt, Falls City Sacred Heart

Regan Alfs, BDS

Sportsmanship awards

The winners of the annual sportsmanship awards, as presented by the Nebraska Coaches Association:

Class A: Lincoln Pius X; Class B: Grand Island Northwest; Class C-1: Wahoo; Class C-2: Superior; Class D-1: Fremont Bergan; Class D-2: Sterling.

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