SEWARD, NE – The Norris Titans (11-10) used a 16-0 scoring run late in the 3rd and early in the 4th quarter to upset No. 3 Crete, 51-40, at Seward High School in the girls’ B4 subdistrict bracket on Monday night.
Norris, the No. 3 seed, will now play No. 1 seed Seward (18-4) on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the subdistrict final. The Bluejays defeated No. 4 seed Beatrice, 53-42 Monday. The Lady O’s season likely ends at 9-11.
After getting down 11-4 early, Norris knocked down some threes and trailed only 18-17 at halftime.
Senior guard Madelyn Ramsey made three triples in the first half and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line in the second half to finish with a season-high 19 points.
After not getting to the free throw line at all through the first 3.5 quarters, Norris ended up shooting 14-for-15 from the charity stripe as a team.
Ramsey led three Titans in double figures. Sophomore Brianna Stai, who hit a three-pointer to give Norris a 25-24 lead at the end of the third, finished with 15 points. Senior and Northern Colorado volleyball signee Michaela Boon scored 11 points.
After Norris pulled even with Crete early in the second half, the Cardinals slowly built a 24-19 lead with about two minutes left in the 3rd quarter. In those final two minutes, Boon and Stai each hit a three in back-to-back possessions to put the Titans ahead 25-24 by the end of the third.
Norris never lost the lead after those threes, and opened the 4th quarter on a 10-0 run. Once the Titans went up 35-24 with six minutes left in the game, Crete never trailed by any less than seven points.
Junior guard/forward Morgan Maly finished with a team-high 19 points, but had an off night from beyond the arc. The Creighton women’s basketball commit was just 1-for-12 from three, missing her first 11 shots from that range.
The Cardinals (18-5) saw their 11-game winning streak come to an end, but are high enough in wildcard points to earn a spot in Saturday’s district finals. As of Monday, Crete was No. 4 in the Class B wildcard rankings.
Seward 53 Beatrice 42
The Jays used a 10-0 run in the 3rd quarter to go up 27-20, and they never looked back after that. Kayla Luebbe had a game-high 20 points for Seward. Olivia Aden led the Orange with 15 points.
Beatrice has likely just finished its first losing season in basketball in over 15 years, but head coach Jalen Weeks returns every member of his varsity roster next season since he currently has no seniors.
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