Class D-2: Wynot wins state championship after holding off late Falls City Sacred Heart rally

Katelyn Heine hugs Michaela Lange after Wynot after Wynot wins the 2019 Class D2 State Championship. 

LINCOLN — Wynot reclaimed the Class D-2 title from Falls City Sacred Heart, beating the Irish 39-38 only after a fourth-quarter tussle Saturday night.

After leading by 14 in the first minute of the second half, the Blue Devils lost most of that cushion. When Rachel Magdanz sank a 3 with 1:36 left, Sacred Heart was trailing only 39-36.

And when Danielle Bippes made a layup and was fouled with 23.4 seconds left, it was a one-point game. But she missed the free throw, which Wynot’s Karley Heimes rebounded.

The Irish regained possession by rebounding a missed free throw but had a turnover with 5.1 seconds left. And again got it back on a rebound with 1.4 seconds left after another Wynot miss at the line. Magdanz’s desperation 3, after she took the fullcourt throw-in, hit the backboard but also was shot after the buzzer.

Heimes had 11 points for No. 6 Wynot (22-6). Magdanz had 12 for No. 1 Sacred Heart (25-4), the two-time defending champion.

Since 2011, either Sacred Heart or Wynot has been D-2 champion. The Irish beat Wynot in the 2015 and 2017 finals.

“We’ve played them so many times over the years,” Blue Devils coach Steve Wieseler said. “We know each other so well.

“The girls came out in the first half and got a lot of steals. I was excited to see that.”

No. 1 Sacred Heart had a rough first half of more turnovers (14) than points (13). After leading 8-7 after the first quarter, the Irish were outscored 18-5 in the second.

Karley Heimes, a freshman with 11 points in her first two tournament games, had seven in the second quarter on a 3-pointer, a jumper and two free throws. Katelyn Heine ended the half with a 3-pointer from the corner for a 25-13 lead.

“The second quarter is where it got away from us,” Irish coach Luke Santo said. “We got down double digits and they hit the 3 at the end. Our guards were pretty spooked the first half.

“Their style is so tough. The way they play is helter-skelter, up in your face, for 32 minutes.”

Wynot had two close games in the tournament. In the first round, a 45-44 win over pretournament favorite Humphrey St. Francis, it took Shaelee Planer’s basket with 1.8 seconds left.

Wynot (22-6)..............7 18 5     9—39

Falls City SH (25-4)....8      5 8 17—38

W: Shaelee Planer 4-11 2-6 10, Noelle Wieseler 2-2 1-1 5, Katelyn Heine 4-8 0-1 10, Kaitlyn Heimes 0-1 1-2 1, Michaela Mange 0-5 2-4 2, Emersyn Sudbeck 0-1 0-0 0, Autumn Lawson 0-2 0-0 0, Karley Heimes 3-7 4-6 11, Edyn Sudbeck 0-3 0-0 0, Chloe Heimes 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Pinkelman 0-0 0-0 0.

FCSH: McKenzie Witt 2-4 0-0 4, Ahren Ebel 3-6 2-3 8, Erison Vonderschmidt 2-6 4-68, Danielle Bippes 1-2 0-1 2, Rachel Magdanz 4-12 2-6 12, Lauren Malone 0- 1 0-0 0, Elizabeth Keithley 1-1 2-3 4, Randee Witt 0-0 0-0 0.

3-point goals: W 3-11 (Planer 0-2, Heine 2-3, Lange 2-3, Karley Heimes 1-3), FCSH 2-6 (Magdanz 2-6). Total fouls: W 20, FCSH 17. Fouled out: none. Technicals: none. Turnovers: W 14, FCSH 20. Rebounds: W 27 (Planer, Heine 4), FCSH 32 (Vonderschmidt 8). Field-goal percentage: W .325, FCSH .406. Free-throw percentage W .500, FCSH .526.

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