Seward in Class B and Diller-Odell in Class C-2 defied the seedings when they took down teams that were the No. 1 seeds, the No. 1-ranked teams and the defending champions in their respective classes. Seward got 3-pointers from junior Rylee Opfer at the end of the regulation and overtime to upset Elkhorn South 38-37. Diller-Odell ended the five-year reign of Crofton 52-45.
With 25 points in a 58-41 win over Cambridge, Howells-Dodge senior Sam Brester outscored two teams Thursday — Elgin/Pope John and Potter-Dix. Thursday’s top scorer in any class started with 12 points in the first quarter, including beating the buzzer with a contested 3 from near the sideline. One official waved off the heave for coming after the buzzer, but after officials quickly talked it over, they ruled the shot good. Brester’s 18 points in the first half matched her season per game average.
It’s the tournament’s 40th anniversary, but teams didn’t need to go retro with their lack of scoring. Just at the Devaney Center, games were tied 2-2 and 5-5 after the first quarter. Kearney Catholic and Malcolm combined for 22 points in the first half. The only two teams to hit 60 — Lincoln Christian and Wahoo Neumann — meet for the fifth time this season in the C-1 semifinals.
The Norris student section might have thought it clever, but to chant “Bass Pro” while Sidney was shooting free throws in the third quarter — and again in the fourth — was insensitive. Some subjects cross the line, like corporate takeovers that could affect a town’s livelihood.
Saving league pride
Norris avoided a goose egg for the Eastern Midlands Conference, which had lost every Class B opener until the Titans beat Sidney 40-36.
They said it
“Everything that we talked about at halftime that we can’t do, we came out and did. They’re kind of like my wife: They don’t listen to me very well.”
— Heartland coach Greg Veerhusen on his team’s second-half struggles in a 34-24 win over Elgin/Pope John