Ponca Girls Advance To C2 Semifinal, Northeast Nebraska Teams Shine

LINCOLN – Class C2 was stacked with several northeast Nebraska teams as a quarterfinal girls state tournament game featured two towns who are separated by 60 miles.

From Lincoln Southeast High School, #3 Guardian Angels Central Catholic competed against #6 Ponca.

Ponca dominated the second and third quarters outscoring GACC, 38-18 in a 16-minute window to win 59-45. The Indians improved to 20-4 while the Bluejays saw their five-game winning streak come to an end at 23-4.

NSAA Girls Sate Wednesday results. *BRLD score should read 62-41, not 56-41.*

Ponca held an 8-6 lead after the first quarter before taking control in the second, 22-6. The Indians led 30-12 at the break. Ponca then extended their lead thanks to a 16-12 third before GACC won the fourth, 21-13. Final again favored Ponca, 59-45.

This marks the second straight year Ponca advanced to the C2 semifinal and will next face #7 BRLD. The Wolverines knocked out #2 Wood River, 62-41.

Pregame coverage is set for 8:15 p.m. from the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday, March 4 on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com.

Ponca was led in scoring by sophomore Samantha Ehlers poured in 14 points while fellow sophomore Gracen Evans added 12 points. Sophomore Ashlyn Kingsbury tallied nine points, sophomore Mattie Milligan had seven points, junior Addie McGill scored six points, senior Alyssa Crosgrove and senior Tailynn Lawyer both scored five points and sophomore Abbie Hrouda finished with a point.

The Indians shot 22-30 from the foul line.


GACC leaders were freshman Isabel Hass with 10 points, junior Sophia Hass had seven points while sophomore Reese Throener and junior Taylor Timmerman both scored five points. Junior Erica Engelmeyer added five points, freshman Jocelyn Skoda had four points, freshman Kelsey Steffen finished with three points as junior Kassidy Kaup and sophomore Brynn Baumert both tallied two points.

Guardian Angels Central Catholic finished 13-26 from the charity stripe.


1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:

8     22   30   16    13    59 – Ponca

6       6   12   12     21   45 – GACC


Other Class C2 results favored #7 BRLD (21-4) over #2 Wood River (24-3), 62-41; #1 Crofton (24-3) defeated #8 Centennial (23-3), 62-37  and #4 Bridgeport (24-3) defeated #5 Lourdes Central Catholic (20-5), 66-48


Class C2 semifinal action will resume on Thursday, March 4 opening with #1 Crofton vs. #4 Bridgeport at 6:15 p.m. followed by #7 BRLD vs. #6 Ponca at 8:30 p.m. Pregame coverage of Ponca basketball will begin at 8:15 p.m. on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com.


Northeast Nebraska results:

Class C1: #8 Winnebago (16-10) will face #1 Grand Island Central Catholic (21-3), 48-46

Class D1: #3 Hartington Cedar Catholic (19-7) will face #6 South Platte (20-3), 46-37

Class D2: # 6 Wynot (20-6) will open with #3 Chambers/Wheeler Central (23-2), 49-39