Trio of girls' area teams one win from state

Monday, February 22, 2021
Wauneta-Palisade freshman Peyton Cox (10) and Maywood-Hayes Center junior Stevie Handsaker (22) tangle while looking to gain rebounding position in last week's subdistrict title game. Sophomore Kiley Hejtmanek (left) also has her eyes focused on that basketball. Both teams play for Class D-2 state tournament spots in district finals Friday evening.
Steve Towery/McCook Gazette

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:

Class D-2

Dundy County-Stratton's driving towards a third straight girls basketball state tournament and senior Maggie Lutz will certainly handle much of the steering in Friday's district title game vs. Pleasanton.

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.

Class D-1

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.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: