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The top-seeded Exeter-Milligan Lady Timberwolves held off Freeman Thursday night in the semifinals of the MUDECAS A Division Tournament.

Exeter-Milligan defeated fourth-seeded Freeman 39-31 at the Beatrice City Auditorium.

With the win, the Timberwolves advance to Friday night's championship game against sixth-seeded Sterling at 8:15 p.m. at the auditorium. 

Exeter-Milligan's Katherine White opened the game's scoring with a jumper, but Freeman's Ashley Oltman came back with a jumper of her own to tie it.

Kate Jansky knocked down a three pointer to make it 5-2, but Brylie Hartwig's jumper cut the deficit to one point.

White hit a three pointer to make it 8-4, but Addison Dorn finished the first quarter with a jumper and a three pointer to give the Falcons an 11-8 lead after one.

White's basket to open the second quarter made it 11-8. Macy Holland came back with four straight points for the Falcons to extend their lead to 15-10.

Jaiden Papik's three pointer made it a two point. Two jumpers by Dorn and a three pointer by Jansky finished the second quarter scoring, giving Freeman a 19-16 lead at half time.

Dorn opened the third quarter with a basket, but Kayla Geiger and White both scored to make it 21-20.

Holland's basket extended the lead to three, bu a three point play by Jansky and a free throw by White finished the third quarter scoring with Exeter-Milligan leading 24-23.

The Lady Timberwolves started the fourth quarter with two straight baskets to make it 28-23. Brylie Hartwig's jumper made it a three point game, but a basket by Emma Olsen and two free throws by Jansky extended the lead to 32-25.

Dorn's jumper ended the run and RaeAnne Hartwig made two jumpers down the stretch for Freeman, but Exeter-Milligan made seven free throws during that span to hold off Freeman 39-31.

Jansky led Exeter-Milligan with 17 points while Kayla Geiger had nine, White had seven, Jaidan Papik had four and Emma Olsen had two.

Freeman was led by Dorn's 13 while Holland and Brylie Hartwig had six each. RaeAnn Hartwig had four and Ashley Oltman had two.

With the loss, Freeman falls to a third place game against Sacred Heart Friday night at 5 p.m. at the Beatrice City Auditorium. 

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