LINCOLN — After scoring the first 11 points of the game, Class C-1 No. 2-rated Wahoo saw No. 7 Adams Central equal that run in the second quarter to pull even.

But that run was almost half of the points that the Warriors allowed during their 37-24 victory in the first round of the state tournament Thursday at the Devaney Center.

Outside of that second-quarter stretch, the Patriots made a total of three field goals. They finished 7-for-43 (16.3 percent) from the floor overall.

“We knew going in their length was going to bother us a lot, and they just do such a good job of closing down the gaps in a hurry,” Adams Central coach Evan Smith said. “It just makes it tough for shooters from the outside. They can get hands on the ball when you’re attacking the rim and they get on passes. They get you out of your rhythm and you have to force shots.”

Wahoo’s zone defense helped hold the Patriots (18-8) to 1-for-9 shooting in the first quarter and forced eight turnovers. The Warriors (24-1) took an 11-0 lead before Morgan Samuelson got Adams Central on the scoreboard with a pair of free throws with 2:57 left in the first period.

“We definitely want to get out to a quick start, so I loved it,” Wahoo coach Linda Walker said. “It fired us up there.”

Hallie Reeves scored seven of her game-high 11 points to key Wahoo’s big quarter.

The Patriots recovered in the second quarter and put together their own 11-0 streak to tie the game at 15. Samuelson scored the first five points and Libby Trausch came off the bench to hit back-to-back 3-pointers.

“We had a great start and then we settled in,” Walker said. “I felt like our defense kind of stopped playing that game of trapping there and our offense was struggling.

“But it’s a credit to the girls. We find a way to stick together, and we knew that we needed to have a great second half.”

Smith said it wasn’t any adjustments that got his team back into the game.

“We didn’t really change a whole lot,” he said. “A lot of it was the mentality. The girls continue to attack, but they stopped looking to make the extra pass and started to shoot. I think that was a big part of it. Sometimes that extra pass isn’t the best one when you have an open shot.”

But Elle Glock hit a 3-pointer to give Wahoo the lead at the half, and the Warriors only allowed nine points and a 2-for-21 shooting performance after halftime to stretch out the lead.

Kyla Swanson added 10 points and eight rebounds for Wahoo, which will try to avenge its only loss to No. 1 Bishop Neumann in Friday’s semifinals.

Only three Patriots scored. Samuelson had 10 points, Jessica Babcock finished with eight and Trausch had six.

Adams Central (18-8)........4 11 4 5—24

Wahoo (24-1)...................13 5 10 9—37

AC: Morgan Samuelson 10, Jessica Babcock 8, Libby Trausch 6.

W: Elle Glock 6, Kendal Brigham 9, Hallie Reeves 11, Elly Larson 1, Kyla Swanson 10.

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