Ponca VS Pender For Trip To State, Girls District Final On KTCH

Ponca VS Pender For Trip To State, Girls District Final On KTCH
Courtesy of Ponca Public Schools. Lewis and Clark Conference Championship game at Wayne State College.

PONCA – A pair 20-win northeast Nebraska girls basketball teams are one win away from punching their ticket to state.

Girls District Finals are slated for Friday, February 25 for Classes C1 – D2 across the state as the C2-5 District Championship game will feature #5 Ponca vs. #12 Pender in Ponca at 7 p.m.

Pregame show coverage on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedaliynews.com is set for 6:40 p.m.

Ponca has won 13 straight and are 23-1 on the season. The Indians avenged their lone loss of the season by winning 52-41 over Crofton on February 17 in Crofton during the C2-5 Subdistrict Finals.

Pender enters at 20-6 and have strung three straight wins together including a 46-39 win on February 17 over Oakland-Craig in Oakland during the C2-2 Subdistrict Finals. The Pendragons also won in Oakland on December 20 by the score of 66-61.

The last meeting between the two teams favored Pender over Ponca, 63-44 on February 11,2014 in Pender. Since 2004, Pender leads the series 6-3.

Other meetings: Pender won in Ponca, 58-43 in 2013; Pender won 73-30 in Ponca in 2011; Pender won 74-45 in 2010 in Pender; Pender won 69-45 in Ponca in 2009; Ponca’s last win over Pender came in 2007, 82-38 in Ponca; Pender won 46-41 in Pender in 2006; Ponca won 44-37 in Pender in 2005 and Ponca won 44-38 in Ponca in 2004.

Ponca will be in search for their fourth consecutive trip to state as the Indians have made 10 total appearances at state and are coming off back-to-back C2 runner-up finishes. The Indians also placed runner-up in 1993 (C2).

After missing out on the state tournament last season, Pender last qualified in 2020 where the team went 0-1 in their eighth state tournament in program history. The Pendragons won the Class D1 title in 2013; were runner-up in D1 during the 2011 state tournament while recording a trio of third place finishes all in Class C2 (2012 – 2014).

The 2022 NSAA State Basketball Championships for the girls and boys will be from Monday, March 7 – Saturday, March 12 in Lincoln.



Class C1 District games:

C1-1 (Lincoln Lutheran): #1 Lincoln Lutheran vs. #16 Fairbury at 6:30 p.m.

C1-2 (Aurora): #2 Broken Bow vs. #15 Omaha Gross Catholic at 7 p.m.

C1-3(Battle Creek): #3 North Bend Central vs. #14 Ainsworth at 7 p.m.

C1-4 (North Platte HS): #4 Grand Island Central Catholic vs. #13 Chase County at 7 p.m.

C1-5 (Wahoo): #5 Wahoo vs. #12 BRLD at 7 p.m.

C1-6 (Gothenburg): #6 Gothenburg vs. #11 Milford at 6:30 p.m.

C1-7 (St. Paul): #7 St. Paul vs. #10 Columbus Scotus at 6 p.m.

C1-8 (Malcolm): #8 Malcolm vs. #9 Syracuse at 6 p.m.


Class C2 District games:

C2-1 (Hastings St. Cecilia): #1 Hastings St. Cecilia vs. #16 Centennial at 6:30 p.m.

C2-2 (Guardian Angels Central Catholic/West Point): #2 GACC vs. #15 Norfolk Catholic at 7 p.m.

C2-3 (North Platte Community College): #3 Bridgeport vs. #14 North Central at 7 p.m.

C2-4 (Central Community College/Columbus): #4 Crofton vs. #13 Superior at 6 p.m.

C2-5 (Ponca): #5 Ponca vs. #12 Pender at 7 p.m.; pregame at 6:40 p.m. on KTCH

C2-6 (Sutton): #6 Sutton vs. #11 Amherst at 7 p.m.

C2-7 (Yutan): #7 Yutan vs. #10 Elkhorn Valley at 7 p.m.

C2-8 (O’Neill): #8 Oakland-Craig vs. #9 Gordon-Rushville at 6:30 p.m.


Class D1 District games:

D1-1 (Crete): #1 Elmwood-Murdock vs. #16 McCool Junction at 6 p.m.

D1-2 (Wisner-Pilger): #2 Archbishop Bergan vs. #15 Plainview at 7 p.m.

D1-3 (Columbus Lakeview HS): #3 Ravenna vs. #14 Hartington Cedar Catholic at 7 p.m.

D1-4 (Hampton): #4 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family vs. #13 Overton at 6:30 p.m.

D1-5 (Holdrege): #5 Shelton vs. #12 Cambridge at 7 p.m.

D1-6 (Kearney HS): #6 Alma vs. #11 Nebraska Christian at 7 p.m.

D1-7 (Cross County): #7 Niobrara/Verdigre vs. #10 Johnson-Brock at 6 p.m.

D1-8 (Shelby-Rising City): #8 Elgin Public/Pope John vs. #9 BDS at 7 p.m.


Class D2 District games:

D2-1 (Palmyra): #1 Falls City Sacred Heart vs. #16 Osceola at 6:30 p.m.

D2-2 (Burwell): #2 Humphrey St. Francis vs. #15 Sandhills/Thedford at 7 p.m.

D2-3 (Boone Central): #3 St. Mary’s vs. #14 Exeter-Milligan at 6:30 p.m.

D2-4 (Hastings College): #4 Anselmo-Merna vs. #13 Parkview Christian at 7 p.m.

D2-5 (Gibbon): #5 Sterling vs. #12 South Platte at 6 p.m.

D2-6 (Paxton): #6 Crawford vs. #11 Silver Lake at 6:30 p.m.

D2-7 (Wilcox-Hildreth): #7 Wauneta-Palisade vs. #10 Diller-Odell at 7 p.m.

D2-8 (Ord): #8 Maywood-Hayes Center vs. #9 Wynot at 6 p.m.