FULLERTON — In avenging their only loss of the season on Thursday, Fullerton got off to a quick start and then used a difference making second-half drive to advance in the Class D-2 playoffs.

Osceola kept rolling towards next week’s showdown against Class D-2 No. 1-rated Humphrey St. Francis. On Friday, the Bulldogs dominated injury-plagued Fullerton from start to finish in a 58-0 triumph.

Macy Peregrine had back-to-back steals and a pair of free throws late to seal a 51-46 win over Bruning-Davenport-Shickley in the first round of the girls Class D-1 state tournament Thursday at Lincoln North Star High School.

The turnaround to Fullerton’s season continued at the expense of Heartland Lutheran. After starting out 2-10, the Warriors won for the fifth time in their last seven games, notching a 75-61 road victory over the Red Hornets on Saturday night.

Going into Fullerton and Nebraska Christian’s matchup, you knew one team had to fall from the ranks of the undefeated. It was the Class D-1, No. 5 Warriors that came out unscathed, winning 44-33 in a loud home environment over the C-2 No. 4 Eagles.

Macy Peregrine and Halle Plumbtree provided a nice 1-2 punch for Fullerton. The Warrior duo combined to hammer down 43 kills in a 25-14, 21-25, 25-17, 25-18 victory over Heartland Lutheran Tuesday at Fullerton High School.

Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with a story previewing a new team or teams each day. This week, Eight Man-1 is featured, with the Nos. 5 through 10 teams today.

How Humphrey St. Francis finally beat Fullerton in the teams’ third meeting of the season Thursday can be quickly summed up. It was because of defense. The Flyers held Warriors to 21.4 percent shooting to win the most important match-up in the series 36-29 in the Class D-1, Subdistrict 4 tournament final at Cross County.

Somehow, someway Fullerton’s Garrett Sonderup was going to find a way to get to the semifinals. The 170-pound second-ranked senior trailed 4-3 with 10 seconds left against No. 3 Gideon Monette of Mullen.

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