LINCOLN – For awhile Friday night it would have been safe to say the first team to hit 25 points will win the game.
York did a little better than that as they scored 28 and Seward just 21 in the Class B-4 District championship at Lincoln High School.
The win secured the Dukes a berth in next weeks Class B State Tournament which gets underway on Thursday.
This night belonged to the York defense.
Seward was held to 21 points, 7-of-27 shooting from the field and they were 0-of-13 on 3-point attempts.
The Lady Jays hit 7-of-11 free throws to account for their scoring.
York led 8-5 through the first eight minutes and pushed the cushion to 17-11 at the half.
Both teams offenses were feeling the affect of two defenses that stole the show.
On Thursday night the Dukes struggled in the second half hitting just 1-of-16 from the field and on Friday night the Seward defense held the Dukes scoreless in the third quarter and their 7-0 run gave them an 18-17 lead headed to the final quarter.
“Give their defense a lot of credit. Tvrdy (Tom) had them ready tonight and they did a good job of shutting us down,” commented York head coach Matt Kern. “We just have a bunch of seniors who continued to work hard and they just said they were not going to lose this game.”
York fell behind 20-17, but Emma Grenfell who led the Dukes in scoring with nine points, hit two free throws with 3:43 to break a 20-20 tie.
Seward cut the Dukes lead to 22-21 on a free throw by Kendra Placke with 3:13 to play.
On the next York possession after working over a minute off the clock, Grenfell drove the lane, missed her shot, but senior Jordyn Stearns was all alone on the rebound and putback to give the Dukes a 24-21 lead.
Seward missed four 3-point shots over the final two minutes and the Dukes got two free throws from both Grenfell and Lauren Riley to ice the win.
“We knew playing them a third time and in a district title was not going to be easy, but we somehow just gutted it out and found a way to win,” said Kern. “Both defenses deserve a lot of credit tonight.”
York was just 7-of-31 from the field, but found the range on 3-of-14 3-pointers and knocked down 11-of-16 charity tosses.
The Dukes got out rebounded 24-22 , but made two less turnovers then the Lady Jays, 14-12.
The Class B first round will be played at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in the morning on Thursday, with seeds 2-7 and 3-6 playing Thursday night at the Devaney Sports Center.
Seward (15-9) ...................... 5 6 7 3- 21
York (21-3) ........................... 8 9 0 11- 28
SEW (21)- Karel 4, Schulz 2, Heath 2, Placke 5, Zadina 2, Opfer 6. Totals- 7-27 (0-13) 7-11 21.
York (28)- Riley 2, Grenfell 9, Te. Hansen 3, Ta. Hansen 7, Stearns 4, Horras 1, Burke 2. Totals- 7-31 (3-14) 11-16 28