Metro Holiday tournament roundup: Senior Dariauna Lewis carries load as Omaha North prevails

Omaha North’s Dariauna Lewis, left, looks for an open teammate as Elkhorn South’s Rylee Gray defends. Lewis, a 6-foot-1 senior, finished with 28 points and 20 rebounds as North rallied from a seven-point deficit to win 60-48.

A halftime challenge from the coach paid dividends Friday for the Omaha North girls at the Metro holiday tournament.

The Vikings rallied from a seven-point deficit to post a 60-48 victory over Elkhorn South in one of eight first-round games at Ralston Arena. North (3-3) advanced to play top-ranked Millard South when the tourney resumes Tuesday.

“We had a good talk at halftime,” Vikings coach Michaela Dailey said. “I challenged them to pick up their intensity because we still had a half to play.”

The Vikings responded with the help of 6-foot-1 senior forward Dariauna Lewis. She finished with 28 points, 20 rebounds and three steals.

“She got off to a little bit of a slow start I think because of nerves,” Dailey said. “But then she really got it going.”

Lewis scored 16 in the first half and LaTaija Broadway had nine, combining for all 25 North points. But five players scored in the second half as the Vikings used a 12-0 run to take command.

“I told the team that we couldn’t win with just two girls scoring,” Dailey said. “We needed everybody to play with confidence, and we did a lot better job in that second half.”

The Vikings outscored the Storm 35-16 after halftime.

‘’We’ve had trouble in the third quarter this season trying to keep our intensity,” said Storm coach Terry Graver, whose team slipped to 2-7. “They took it to us and we didn’t compete very well in that second half.”

Elkhorn South played again without leading scorer Katie Emsick, who is in concussion protocol. Graver said she should be back for the next game.

“We need her out there,” he said. “She’s an important part of our team.”

Molly Sindelar paced the Storm with 18 points.

Broadway finished with 16 for the Vikings, who face a rematch with the No. 1 Patriots after a 57-44 loss Dec. 19.

“We need to get off to a better start against them than we did that day,” Dailey said. “Hopefully we come out strong.”

Elkhorn South (2-7)..........12 20 6 10—48

Omaha North (3-3)...........16 9 15 20—60

ES: Lily Ziemkiewicz 9, Kassie Gibbons 2, Ally Emsick 6, Siera Costello 2, Madison Hill 7, Rylee Gray 4, Molly Sindelar 18.

ON: McKenna Heim 5, Dariauna Lewis 28, Anijah Anderson 8, LaTaija Broadway 16, Kionna Moton 3.

Omaha Marian 57, Omaha Northwest 56, OT

Senior Emma Raabe sank the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime.

Raabe scored her only basket with 1:40 left in the four-minute extra period to put Marian up 57-54. Caliana Fenceroy cut the deficit to one with a layup, but Marian never relinquished the lead.

Sofia Hess and Aryannah Harrison hit 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to put the Crusaders up, but Northwest’s Nevaeh McKinney sank a pair of late shots from behind the arc to force overtime.

“I thought Sofia’s 3 that gave us the lead, even just for a short time, was really important,” Marian coach Peter Cunningham said. “That gave us the spark to get over the hump.”

CeCe Hacker scored 14 points — all after halftime — to lead the Crusaders (5-2). Mia McGrath added 13.

McKinney had a game-high 21 to pace the Huskies.

Omaha Northwest (3-3)........11 13 11 14 7—56

Omaha Marian (5-2).............10 10 14 15 8—57

ONW: Nevaeh McKinney 21, Ale’jah Douglas 4, Ma’Lisa Smith 4, Caliana Fenceroy 9, Jadai Burns 9, Kaylynn Tucker 7, Marissa Williams 2.

OM: Sofia Hess 5, Mia McGrath 13, CeCe Hacker 14, Maggie Pallesen 2, Olivia Rudloff 4, Delaney Bray 1, Aryannah Harrison 6, Emma Raabe 8, Meagan Hamilton 4.

Millard South 64, Om. Bryan 22

Makenna Bray scored 23 points and Jayme Horan added 19 to lead the top-seeded Patriots.

Millard South (8-0) led 17-6 after the first quarter and 32-9 at halftime. The lead grew to 40 in the second half to activate a running clock.

“We had a little trouble early, but then we were able to work it inside,” Patriots coach Bryce Meyers said. “We also pressured them on defense and got playing at a faster pace.”

Morghan Mace scored 12 to pace the Bears.

Omaha Bryan (1-8).........6 3 5 8—22

Millard South (8-0).......17 15 24 8—64

OB: DaJaah Swolley 4, Makenzie Mace 5, Morghan Mace 12, Winyan Edwards 1.

MS: Rylee Pauli 2, Jayme Horan 19, Haley McClanathan 2, Bailey Urban 6, Makenna Bray 23, Maddie Krull 12.

Papio 78, Omaha South 63

Olivia Boudreau scored 22 and Lindsey Ingwerson added 20 as the Monarchs remained undefeated.

Papio (8-0) led 21-16 after one quarter and 40-26 at halftime. The advantage grew to 20 in the fourth.

“I thought the game might be pretty high scoring,” Monarchs coach Josh Siske said. “They’ve got three guards who could play for anybody.”

Josey Ryan chipped in 17 for Papio.

Alyssa Marsh-Contreras led South (3-7) with 23 points while LaShawn Sweet had 20.

“I’ve seen them make some big comebacks this year,” Siske said. “(Coach) Brittany Gunn has them playing hard, right to the end.”

Omaha South (3-7)..............16 10 19 18—63

Papillion-La Vista (8-0).........21 19 20 18—78

OS: Alyssa Marsh-Contreras 23, Cydnee Cavitt 11, LaShawn Sweet 20, Danyell Price 9.

PLV: Olivia Boudreau 22, Taylor Hoelscher 8, Josey Ryan 17, Jordyn Bahl 2, Lexi Harrison 9, Lindsey Ingwerson 20.

Om. Westside 72, Om. Burke 41

The Warriors trailed by 10, but Quinn Weidemann scored nine of her 18 points in the opening period keep Westside close. The Warriors opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run to lead 32-26 at halftime, then pulled away in the second half.

“Coming back from the (Christmas) break, you’re never sure what to expect,” Westside coach Steve Clark said. “We turned it over early and missed some shots, but we kept the pressure on.”

Jasmine McGinnis-Taylor added 12 for the Warriors and Ryley Nolin finished with 11.

Aanaya Harris led Burke with 15 points.

Omaha Burke (4-4)..............15 11 6 9—41

Omaha Westside (8-2).......11 21 15 25—72

OB: Jaden Santoni 2, Hailey Ingram 2, Rylee Reggio 7, Justice Alioth 2, Ali Haith 13, Aanaya Harris 15.

OW: Brooklyn James 9, Ryley Nolin 11, Caroline Leibel 2, Lauren Fehr 2, Jasmine McGinnis-Taylor 12, Ella Wedergren 9, Quinn Weidemann 18, Abby Hellman 4, Elizabeth Robinson 5.

Papio South 54, Omaha Benson 53, OT

Taylor Beacom’s layup off her own steal lifted the Titans to victory.

Beacom stole the ball as the Bunnies were trying to hang on to a one-point lead in the final minute of overtime. Beacom’s layup with 18 seconds left held up as a last-second shot by Benson’s Quinesha Lockett bounced off the rim.

“I told our girls after the game that we made one more play than they did,” Papio South coach Andy Gerlecz said. “Taylor has long arms and she anticipated really well.”

The Bunnies rallied to tie the game at the end of regulation when Asia Tyler sank a shot at the buzzer. Benson led by three with 1:42 left in overtime but couldn’t hold it.

Emily Richards sank a runner in the lane to make it a one-point game with 38 seconds left, and Beacom followed with her steal and layup to win it.

“I was a little frustrated that we gave up that rebound and basket at the buzzer,” Gerlecz said. “But we kept battling.”

Olivia Kastens led the Titans with 19 points while Beacom had 12.

Tyler led the Bunnies with 14, including all six of Benson’s points in overtime.

Papillion-LV South (4-4).........15 11 11 10 7—54

Omaha Benson (6-2)..............15 8 11 13 6—53

PLVS: Olivia Kastens 19, Taylor Beacom 12, Rayn Craver 3, Anna Gregerson 4, Emily Richards 9, Margaret Naber 7.

OB: Kiana Estima 7, Delani Harris 3, Quinesha Lockett 11, J’Vona Kent 4, Jada Hankins 6, Asia Tyler 14, A’tiana Jones 6, Kiera Estima 2.

Bellevue West 62, Millard West 57, OT

Akili Felici scored 25 points to lead the Thunderbirds.

The Wildcats, who led for much of the game, held a 10-point advantage midway through the third quarter. But the Thunderbirds closed to four entering the final period and tied the game with 15 seconds left when Felici sank a layup.

Meleah Turner swished a 3-pointer on Bellevue West’s first possession of overtime and the Thunderbirds led the rest of the way. Millard West (1-7) scored two points in overtime.

“That 3 Meleah hit to start the overtime was huge,” Bellevue West coach Rick Mintken said. “Every possession is magnified in OT, so that was a great start for us.”

Turner finished with 15 and forward Laura Jurek had 11. Jurek also became Bellevue West’s career rebound leader, breaking the mark of 673 set by Brooke Delano.

Chaise Pfanstiel scored 13 to pace the Wildcats.

Millard West (1-7)............16 10 20 9 2—57

Bellevue West (6-2)........12 15 15 13 7—62

MW: Chaise Pfanstiel 13, Taylor Farrell 8, Lindsay Adams 2, Katelyn Osborne 10, Laney Schipper 2, Honnah Leo 11, Jenna Bohaty 11.

BW: Akili Felici 25, Asja Woodard 3, Heather Richard 3, Emma Mullendore 5, Meleah Turner 15, Laura Jurek 11.

Millard North 62, Bellevue East 20

The undefeated Mustangs went on a 29-0 run to leave the Chieftains behind.

Millard North led 16-10 late in the first quarter, then extended the advantage to 45-10 by early in the third. Bellevue East broke the scoring drought when Drema Smith sank a layup with 5:30 left in the period.

Nicole Avila-Ambrosi led Millard North (8-0) with 14 points while Jayna Green added 13.

“I was really happy with the way we played team basketball,” Mustangs coach Dave Diehl said. “We got a lot of high-percentage shots, and that’s always our goal.”

Bellevue East (1-7)..........10 0 6 4—20

Millard North (8-0)........22 18 15 7—62

BE: Madi Pelzer 2, Hannah Madison 4, Sydnei Norwood 6, Drema Smith 2, Hannah Traster 2, Keiley Hein 4.

MN: Lexi Kraft 7, Elle Danley 2, Lauren West 8, Nicole Avila-Ambrosi 14, Jayna Green 13, Kennedy McCreery 6, Sam Hutchison 6, Asia Bryant 6.

Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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