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Crete's Morgan Maly (30) scores a basket as Omaha Skutt's Lindsay Krause (21) defends.

LINCOLN — Morgan Maly has been to state before, just not indoors.

She’s the catcher on Crete’s softball team. The Cardinals were Class B champions in 2017, her sophomore year when she was an the All-Nebraska first-teamer.

Crete went back to Hastings this fall, when Maly made the All-Nebraska second team.

“A lot of softball players also play on this team,” the 6-foot junior said. “It’s a similar environment, a little louder in here.”

The Creighton basketball pledge improved her season average to 20.0 by scoring 22 in Thursday’s win over Omaha Skutt.

“Maly is a tough guard, she really is,” Skutt coach Kip Colony said.

Tough name, good game

Though a couple of coaches had trouble with her name, it was obvious who they were talking about.

That would be Elkhorn South sophomore guard Lily Ziemkiewicz.

One coach just referred to her by her uniform, No. 1. Another called her the girl whose last name starts with Z.

Ziemkiewicz leads the Storm in scoring (12 per game), assists (75) and steals (51).

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Abrupt end for Patriots

When you finished as the runner-up the past two seasons, your motivation level is off the chart.

But Millard South saw its season come to an end when a late free throw lifted Lincoln East to a 57-56 victory. The Patriots entered the tourney seeking their fourth state title and first since 1996.

“The thing I’ll remember about this season is how gritty this team was,” Millard South coach Bryce Meyers said. “Our kids battled, but hats off to (Lincoln East) for getting the win.”

Which one is tougher?

Lincoln East sophomore Haley Peterson seemed a little stressed as she spoke with several reporters after the game.

She was the center of attention after sinking a free throw with 4.2 seconds left to give the Spartans the 57-56 win over Millard South.

She was asked by a television reporter which was tougher, trying to sink that free throw or doing an interview?

She didn’t hesitate with her answer.

“The interview,” she said.

Starting the day with upsets

It didn’t take long for two of the tourney’s top seeds to head home.

In Class B, No. 1 seed Sidney was ousted by No. 8 seed Elkhorn South 51-37. In Class D-1, eighth-seeded Elkhorn Valley slipped past top-seeded North Platte St. Patrick 55-54.

Both games tipped off at 9 a.m., an early start for two early exits.

Storm able to sock it to Sidney

When Elkhorn South came out for warmups for Thursday’s first game at Pinnacle Bank Arena, it looked like someone had messed with the sock drawers of the Storm players.

While all 14 players donned the same navy blue jerseys and shorts with Vegas gold trim, everybody had on a different pair of tie-dye design socks.

A few of the players took things a step further, trading one sock with a teammate or choosing to wear a pair that didn’t match.

Sophomore Rylee Gray said this has been a Storm tradition while she was still attending classes at Elkhorn’s Spring Ridge elementary school.

“It’s a tradition we’ve done for a while, even before I was here,” Gray said. “I put the hot one on my left (foot). I shoot left, so hopefully that makes me hot (shooting).”

The socks did their job as Gray tied for game-high scoring honors with teammate Camden Small with 14 points. Gray also had 11 rebounds and nine blocked shots for the Storm in their 51-37 victory over Sidney.

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