The Southern Lady Raiders defeated Tri County Tuesday night to advance to the C2-2 Subdistrict final.
The second-seeded Lady Raiders beat the third-seeded Lady Trojans 47-41 at Beatrice High School.
With the win, Southern will play Freeman at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Beatrice High School. The winner of that will advance to a district final game on Saturday.
Southern scored the first six points of the game, but Tri County scored the next five points to make it 6-5 early. The Lady Raiders would cling to a 16-10 lead after the first quarter.
A technical foul was called to start the second quarter due to a scorebook problem, allowing Tri County to cut their deficit to 16-13.
Southern scored 10 of the game's next 11 points, though, to open a 26-16 lead. They led 31-23 at half time.
Tri County got within six at 31-25, but five straight Southern points extended the lead back to 36-25. They led 43-31 after three quarters.
The Lady Trojans were able to cut the deficit to six points late, but no closer as Southern held them off for the 47-41 win.
Mariah Murphy led the way for Southern with 11 points while Shelbe Darnell-Rainey had 10. Kaylee Klover had nine, Jayme Ullman had seven, Kambree Singleton had four and Claire Hookstra and Cheyenne Leach had two each.
Tri County was led by Shaylee Niemeyer's 22 points while Madison Freese had eight, Hannah Strein had six, Hannah Holtmeier and Alyssa Brown had two each and Kynlee Uher had one.
Southern improves to 14-7 on the season. Tri County's season ends after posting a 10-14 record.
Norris falls to Seward in subdistrict final
By Lee Enterprises
SEWARD — Defense has been the strong suit of the No. 2 Seward girls basketball team this season, but now that the postseason is here, the Bluejays have made it their calling card.
Seward frustrated a Norris offense that put up 51 points on No. 1 Crete on Monday at every turn Tuesday night in Seward. The defensive performance, which included a two-point second quarter from the Titans, allowed Seward to control the game throughout and win the B4 subdistrict final 47-26.
"As a team, you want to peak at the end of the season, and you really want to be peaking defensively by the end of the season," Seward coach Tom Tvrdy said. "We've really been peaking defensively if you look back all the way to the Waverly game. We're playing really smart defense. We're playing really hard and we're communicating. When you play that way, you have a chance to be great."
It did take the Seward defense a few minutes to get into the game and the Titans were able to take an early lead, but once the four-minute mark hit in the first quarter, there were no longer any easy baskets for Norris.
Seward senior Kayla Luebbe took the spark from the defensive effort and used it offensively as she poured in eight first-quarter points to give the Blue Jays the lead for good. She added six more in the second to push the Seward lead to double-digits while the points dried up for Norris.
Ten Seward turnovers gave the Titans some life in the third quarter, but it just wasn't enough to truly get back into the contest. Seward turned it back on in the fourth quarter to advance comfortably with a 21-point victory.
"Tonight we just went in spurts and had offensive droughts that you just can't have against a team like that," Norris coach Mark Hagerman said. "They came out and shot lights-out early in the first half and that stunned us a bit. We knew they could shoot it, but going 5-for-5 like that put us in a hole."
Seward now advances to host a district final on Saturday while Norris waits for the district finals to get announced to see if the season will continue. Barring any upsets, the Titans will likely make the field of 16.
"It would really mean a lot to this team, especially after the season we've had together," Hagerman said.
Orangemen game change
Due to the potential for snow on Friday, the Beatrice boys home basketball game against Waverly has been moved to Thursday.
The varsity game will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Ozone with the JV game taking place at 7 p.m. in the Auxilary Gym.
The C2-2 Subdistrict girls final game between Freeman and Southern will take place after the Beatrice/Waverly game at 8 p.m. in the Ozone.
Other Sunland girls subdistrict scores
PARKVIEW CHRISTIAN 26, LEWISTON 12
Parkview Christian 8 6 6 6 -- 26
Lewiston 3 0 3 6 -- 12
Parkview Christian--Fulks 12, An. Anderson 6, Ab. Anderson 6, Hawke 2.
Lewiston--Christen 8, Bledsaw 3, Chen 1.
DILLER-ODELL 36, H-TR-S 26
H-TR-S 6 2 9 9 -- 26
Diller-Odell 12 5 5 14 -- 36
H-TR-S--Novak 9, Glather 11, Vasco 4, Schaardt 2.
Diller-Odell--Heiedemann 7, Denner 3, Smith 8, Vitosh 4, Swanson 14.
Note: Diller-Odell plays Johnson-Brock at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Wymore Southern HS
FALLS CITY 50, WILBER-CLATONIA 33
Wilber-Clatonia 5 5 9 12 -- 33
Falls City 16 17 4 11 -- 50
Wilber-Clatonia--Sand 6, Johnson 2, Kreshel 4, Bloom 9, Pecka 6, Honea 2, Renzy 5.
Falls City--Bruxellas 6, Black, 4, Clary 19, Kirkendall 13, Nolte 2, Beer 8.
HEARTLAND 45, MERIDIAN 40
Heartland 9 16 14 6 -- 45
Meridian 11 7 9 13 -- 40
Heartland--Ohrt 10, Bergen 21, Wetjen 2, Kroeker 2, Buller 2, Siebert 6, Janzen 2.
Meridian--Sobotka 16, Pribyl 4, A. Kort 5, Ellis 2, Most 4, Schropfer 3, A. Kort 6.
JOHNSON-BROCK 40, PAWNEE CITY 24
Pawnee City 5 6 6 7 -- 24
Johnson-Brock 6 13 16 5 -- 40
Pawnee City--Martin 8, Branch 8, Menninga 5, Branek 3.
Johnson-Brock--Ja. Koehler 13, Jo. Koehler 8, Buchmeier 2, Hodges 1, Edwards 8, A. Sandfort 2, H. Sandfort 6.