Gretna girls basketball beat rival Elkhorn South 57-41 in the District B-2 final Friday night to earn its 14th state tournament appearance in school history.
Highlights: After losing to the Storm 49-33 in the Eastern Midlands Conference Championship Game Jan. 29, the Dragons took the Storm out of sync and held their rivals to just 22 percent shooting from the field. The Dragons held the Storm to six points in each of the first two quarters and led 22-12 at halftime.
Maddie Meadows hit two 3-pointers early in the third quarter as the Dragons built an 18-point lead, their largest of the game, with a 30-12 advantage. Gretna held the Storm scoreless in the quarter until a trey with 2:50 remaining.
The Storm would get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way as the Dragons made 18 of 22 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
Top Performer: Meadows scored a game-high 28 points, including 4-for-4 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc and 12-for-14 from the free throw line.
From the Coach: “We had a defensive scheme that we thought would take their shooters out of it and it worked very well…The players followed their assignments to a T.”
On Meadows’ big game: “It’s nice to see her have this day in the sun just because it’s sometimes been tough because there’s been times where she’s been out there on an island by herself. But these younger players I thought stepped up so well for her here.”
- Gretna coach Jerome Skrdla