Six Games, Six Champs: Girls State Finals Recaps


Lincoln, Neb. — Crofton flipped a 28-25 halftime deficit and won their ninth state championship in school history late on Saturday night with a 46-42 win over Ponca. It was the fourth game of Championship Saturday that was decided by less than five points.

Alexis Folkers and Jayden Jordan each scored 11 points for the Warriors who finished 26-3. Samantha Ehlers led all scorers with 17 points while Ashlyn Kingsbury scored 13 points for the Indians.


Class A: Lincoln Pius X 56, Fremont 52

A perfect ending for Alexis Markowski and Lincoln Pius X. The Bolts captured their second straight Class A state championship on Saturday night with a dramatic 56-52 win over Fremont at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Markowski — the Nebraska pledge — followed up her 30 point, 27 rebound semifinal performance with 27 points, 19 rebound barrage on the Tigers, who sprinted to a 21-7 lead early.

Fremont was hot early and finished 10-for-30 from 3, but started 5-for-7. Iowa pledge Taylor McCabe led Fremont with 18 points, while Macy Bryant had 12 points and Charli Earth added 11.

For the Markowski’s, a walk.



Humphrey St. Francis’ Allison Weidner drives to the basket in the Class D-2 state championship game. (nebpreps photo / Marcus Scheer)

At long last for Humphrey St. Francis and Allison Weidner.

After losing the title game in 2018 and 2020, the Nebraska pledge and her teammates finally have their state title after fending off a pesky No. 2 Falls City Sacred Heart team, 57-48.

Weidner had 21 points to go with eight rebounds and three assists as the Flyers finished the game on a 14-3 run over the final 5 1/2 minutes. Teammates Alissa Kosch (14) and Kaylee Stricklin (10) also scored in double figures for the Flyers.

Erison Vonderschmidt had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Irish.


Class B: Elkhorn North 46, Norris 33

Elkhorn North’s first basketball season turned out to be memorable and then some as the Wolves pulled away from cold-shooting Norris team 46-33 in the Class B championship game.

The Wolves, which just opened their school in August, got 13 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and three steals from freshman Britt Prince and she had plenty of help. Gracie Thompson had 14 and seven rebounds, and Hannah Nedgwick added 11 for EN.

Top-ranked Norris was cold from the get-go, while seeing the Wolves go ahead 7-0 in the first 48 seconds. They shot just 12-for-54 for the game, including 2-for-25 from the 3-point line and 7-for-16 from the charity stripe. Molly Ramsey had 14 points for the Titans.


Class C-1: North Bend Central 51, Hastings St. Cecilia 49

Sydney Emanuel’s two free throws with six seconds left completed North Bend Central’s miracle fourth quarter comeback and gave them a repeat titles in Class C-1.

Emanuel rebounded Bailey Kissinger’s miss and was fouled with the game tied as the Tigers pulled out the 51-49 win after trailing 43-32 heading into the fourth quarter.

St. Cecilia got a game-high 33 points from Kissinger, who made a 28-foot, 3-point shot to give HSC the 11-point lead heading to the fourth quarter. Kaitlyn Emanuel added 19 points for the Tigers.

North Bend Central celebrates a second straight championship on Saturday after beating Hastings St. Cecilia, 51-49 (nebpreps photo / Ben Mohorn)


Class D-1: Weeping Water 40, Pleasanton 39

It might be hard to top the opening game of Championship Saturday as Weeping Water’s Grace Cave went coast-to-coast for the game winning layup in the Indians 40-39 win over defending champion Pleasanton.

We could write about it, but how about this instead?

Cave finished with 16 points, but had 10 at the half when the Indians took a 17-15 lead to the locker room. Then, everyone else got in the act.

Brooklynn Rathe scored nine points off the bench in a perfect second half going 3-for-3 from the floor and free throw line. The game was tied twice and had 11 lead changes, the last one Cave’s winner.

Kaci Pierce, who scored with 12 seconds left to give Pleasanton the lead, led the Bulldogs with 15 points and Chelsea Fisher added 10.

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