LINCOLN — Millard West found its 3-point touch when it mattered Thursday to advance to the Class A girls basketball state semifinals with a 65-45 win over Lincoln Northeast.
The No. 3 Wildcats (23-4) made six of their first 12 trey attempts — they finished with eight — at the Devaney Center while taking a 14-point halftime lead.
In warmups, however, it was a different story.
“We had airballed, I counted, like seven times in pregame,” Wildcats coach Kip Colony said. “Maybe that was a good thing.”
Marisa Lowe, a 6-foot sophomore, made 4 of 7 3-point shots in leading Millard West with 14 points. It was her best scoring game since getting 14 against Millard South on Jan. 18.
Samantha Waldron, a 5-11 junior who is the Wildcats' scoring leader this season, had 11 and Dani Saenz 10.
“They have so many scorers,” Northeast coach Steve Bartek said. “Inside, outside, they're difficult to defend. They're one of the best 3-point shooting teams. We tried to contest them all, but their ball movement and ability to kick it out made it tough.
“When they shoot like that, they're as good as any team in the state.”
No. 8 Northeast (17-7) stayed close for a quarter, trailing 16-14, but only hit one shot from the floor — a 3 by Jamie Holscher — during a seven-point second quarter as the Rockets fell behind 35-21.
“Their 2-3 zone is active,” Bartek said.
The Rockets trailed by 11 entering the fourth quarter, but never made a run at the winners. Devin Edwards had eight of her team-high 10 points and Tierra Beard all nine of her points — all on 3s — in the second half.
Lincoln Northeast........................14 7 14 10 — 45
Millard West..............................16 19 11 19 — 65
NE: Devin Edwards 10, Tierra Beard 9, Shaneequah Watkins 7, Jamie Holscher 6, Morgan Ewing 5, Toni Tupper 4, Tantashea Giger 3, Jaci Edwards 1.
MW: Marisa Lowe 14, Samantha Waldron 11, Danielle Saenz 10, Brooke Savage 9, Katherine Suelter 8, Jaylin Bosak 5, Kaci German 4, Kasia Hood 2, Paige Phipps 2.
Officials: Travis Baumann, Andrew Carlson, Corey Uldrich.
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