HERSHEY, NE – In a back-and-forth battle that featured 10 lead changes and four ties through the first three quarters, the BDS Eagles (21-4) opened the fourth quarter on a 15-0 run to defeat Sioux County, 60-47 in a Class D2 district final at Hershey High School Friday.
BDS, winners of 12 straight, are district champions and are headed back to the NSAA girls’ state basketball tournament for the third time in four years.
The Eagles got yet another dominant performance from junior forward Regan Alfs. She ended up with a game-high 27 points, with 15 of those 27 coming from beyond the arc.
Sophomore guard Macy Kamler, who only had two points at halftime, exploded in the second half and finished with 20.
Sioux County (19-6), who was attempting to get back to the state tournament for the first time since 2008, was led in scoring by sophomore guard Kodie Rempp. The Warriors’ lead three-point shooter, she knocked down six three-pointers to finish with a team-high 20 points.
Sophomore guard Karlee Juhnke wound up with 12.
While both teams were sloppy on the offensive end at times, turnovers ended up hurting Sioux County at critical moments. The Warriors finished with 23 turnovers – BDS had 16.
Sioux County, the 14-seed in district finals, gave 3-seed BDS all it could handle through the first three quarters. The Warriors trailed by only two after the first quarter and five points at halftime.
Through the first six minutes of the fourth quarter, Sioux County mustered only six points and found themselves down 57-40 in the closing moments.
Hear the final call below:
Other area girls’ district finals
Fillmore Central 54 Freeman 34
- The Panthers are back in the state tournament for the first time since 2013. Fillmore Central (22-4), winners of nine straight, could very well win it all in Class C2. Freeman’s season is over at 16-11.
Ewing 57 Exeter-Milligan 51
- An overall promising season for the Timberwolves came to an end against a solid Ewing (19-5) team. Exeter-Milligan (19-6) will miss out on the state tournament for the first time since 2015-16. Next year, Jackson Krejci will have to find a way to fill the roles of senior superstars Kate Jansky and Katherine White.
Sterling 64 Loomis 50
- The Jets are back at state for the first time since their runner-up finish in 2014. Like everyone else in the Class D2 bracket, Sterling will be chasing No. 1 Falls City Sacred Heart (23-3). The Jets have lost to the Irish twice in the month of February alone.
Crete is also in the state tournament after defeating North Platte in district finals last week. Ol’ Red 99.5 and KWBE will have full coverage of our area teams at state. Full information, tip times and broadcast info will be released soon.
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