Trio of girls' area teams one win from state
LINCOLN, Neb. — The state-qualifying district finals are set for girls basketball with three Gazette-area teams earning a shot.
All games take place on Friday:
No. 7 Maywood-Hayes Center (23-2 record) takes on No. 10 Diller-Odell (11-8) at Minden High School with a 6 p.m. opening time for this D2-7 title game. The Wolves are aiming to make state a second straight year while D-O must rebound from losing its subdistrict final against Sterling, 55-39, last week.
No. 9 Wauneta-Palisade (17-7) vs. No. 8 Sterling (14-7) at Kearney Catholic High School.
This D2-8 final is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. The Broncos surged into a district final last season, now can they make one step into Class D-2 state? Seniors Haylee Sandman and Payton Yearous lead a young but battle-tested team.
No. 15 Dundy County-Stratton (13-9) vs. No. 2 Pleaasanton (24-1) at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte. The D1-2 district final features a 7 p.m. opening tip.
Coach Matt Thomas' team delivered another subdistrict title on his birthday Thursday evening. They face the ultimate roadblock to a third straight state touranment in last year's D-1 state champions who went undefeated through 2019-20.
They've won 22 games by 24 points or more this season, losing only 48-46 vs Class C-1 Hastings Adams Central. The Tigers knocked off North Platte St. Patrick's to reach last year's state tourney.