To remain unbeaten, Gretna needed to post its first-ever girls basketball win over longtime Class B powerhouse South Sioux City.
That’s exactly what the Dragons accomplished Tuesday night, defeating the visiting Cardinals 70-43. The win lifted fifth-ranked Gretna to 5-0 while South Sioux City fell to 4-1.
“We talked about that before the game,” Dragons coach Jerome Skrdla said. “We wanted to come out and start off strong.”
Gretna got that done, sprinting to a 9-0 lead. Junior guard Jamie Schuetz scored six points in the opening quarter but the Cardinals, who fell behind by 11, rallied to close within two late in the second quarter.
The Dragons led 30-25 at half and then took command in the third quarter. Freshman Madison Meadows came off the bench to score eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to help Gretna build a 49-33 lead.
“I thought the 3s that she hit were huge,” Skrdla said. “I can see her gaining confidence with every game.”
The Dragons finished off the win with a 21-point fourth quarter.
“We just didn’t execute our game plan,” South Sioux coach Ashley Robinette-O’Dell said. “I was proud of the way we fought back, but then we lost focus in the third quarter and they were able to pull away.”
Gretna posted its victory in part because it dominated the boards. The Dragons held a 49-21 rebounding edge over the Cardinals, who played without injured 6-foot-1 center Madison Voss.
“They shot lights out and we kind of got our dobber down,” Robinette-O’Dell said. “They took it to us tonight, but I think we’ll bounce back.”
Robinette-O’Dell is a former All-Nebraska forward for South Sioux City, which has won more state championships (11) than any other school. The Cardinals have missed state the past two years, though, and are hoping to regain some of that past glory.
“They’ve had so many great athletes over the years,” Skrdla said. “To finally beat them tonight is a big win for our program.”
Junior guard Mary Janovich led the Dragons with 16 points while Justice Ross had 15 and Schuetz 10. Janovich also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Parese Greeley and Morgan Hansen scored 13 each for the Cardinals.
Gretna returns to action Friday night with a home game against Class B No. 4 Waverly. South Sioux City will play next Tuesday night against visiting Sioux City West.
South Sioux City (4-1).........................10 15 8 10—43
At Gretna (5-0).................................20 10 19 21—70
SSC: Audra Thramer 2, Augusta Thramer 8, Taylor Bleil 1, Parese Greeley 13, Emily Schram 3, Morgan Hansen 13, Jordan Closter 3.
G: Jamie Schuetz 10, Megan Kruse 7, Isabella Arkfeld 4, Peyton Jordan 2, Mary Janovich 16, Madison Miller 6, Justice Ross 15, Madison Meadows 8, Kelsey Skokan 2.
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