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Sacred Heart fights off Trojans to reach MUDECAS finals
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Sacred Heart fights off Trojans to reach MUDECAS finals

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Second-seeded Falls City Sacred Heart defeated third-seeded Tri County 57-44 in Thursday's late semifinal game to reach the MUDECAS championship game.

It was a battle between the two teams who were supposed to play for the championship last year, but that game was canceled because of snowy conditions.

The two teams traded leads throughout the first three quarters and Sacred Heart led 37-36 entering the fourth quarter.

The Irish opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run thanks to baskets from Jake Hoy, Jarrot Simon and Tyler Witt.

Cole Siems broke up the run with a steal and a lay up, but two straight baskets by Simon made it 47-38.

Lucas Weise's basket got the Trojan deficit down to seven, but that's as close they would get as Sacred Heart would make free throws down the stretch to win 57-44.

Hoy led Sacred Heart with 18 points while Witt and Simon had 11 each. Jakob Jordan had nine and Jackson Fiegener and Jamie Stice had four each.

Cole Siems led Tri County with 18 points while Weise had 10 and Colton Jantzen had nine. Logan Larson had five and Krayten Uher added two.

Falls City Sacred Heart is still undefeated on the season. They will play in the championship game on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. against Palmyra at the Beatrice City Auditorium. 

Tri County will play in a third place game at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday against Parkview Christian at the auditorium. 

Diller-Odell reached the B Division Championship game by defeating Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 46-43 in Thursday's late game at SCC.

HTRS led 8-6 after the first quarter and 21-18 at half time. The Griffins outscored HTRS 15-6 in the third quarter to take a 33-27 lead. They would hold on in the fourth quarter for the win.

Diller-Odell was led by Austin Jurgens' 21 points while Jacob Meyer had 15 points, Paxton Mohr had six points and Cooper Ebeling and Connor Klecan had two points each.

HTRS was led by Nic Knudson's 19 points while Isaiah Lockard had 10 points, Donovan Kostecka had seven points and Chase Haresty, Jacob Joy and Mayden McNealy had two points. Andrew Stalder had one point.

Diller-Odell will play in the B Division Championship game at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday at the auditorium against Southern. HTRS will play in a third place game against Exeter-Milligan at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at the auditorium.

Weather forces changes to MUDECAS schedule

The girls games that were scheduled for Friday have all been moved to Saturday due to Friday's winter weather.

All remaining MUDECAS games will be playing on Saturday. The schedule is as follows for Saturday

Girls (at auditorium)

8:45 a.m. -- Pawnee City vs. JCC - B third place

11:45 a.m. -- Diller-Odell vs. Sterling -- A third place

2:45 p.m. -- Southern vs. HTRS -- B Championship

5:45 p.m. -- Sacred Heart vs. BDS -- A Championship

Girls (at SCC)

8:45 a.m. -- Parkview Christian vs. Lewiston

10:15 a.m. -- Tri County vs. Palmyra

11:45 a.m. -- Freeman vs. Exeter-Milligan

1:15 a.m. Meridian vs. Johnson-Brock

Boys (at auditorium)

10:15 a.m. Exeter-Milligan vs. HTRS B Third place

1:15 p.m. Parkview vs. Tri County A Third place

4:15 p.m.  Southern vs. Diller-Odell B Championship

7:15 p.m. Palmyra vs. Sacred Heart A Championship

Boys (At SCC)

2:45 p.m. Meridian vs. Sterling

4:15 p.m. Pawnee City vs. Lewiston

5:45 p.m. Johnson-Brock vs. Freeman

7:15 p.m. BDS vs. JCC

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