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Previewing Tuesday's games at the Nebraska girls state basketball tournament
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Previewing Tuesday's games at the Nebraska girls state basketball tournament

Mike Patterson and Jake Anderson look at the 2021 Class A tournament field.

The Nebraska high school girls state basketball tournament begins Tuesday. Here's a preview of all six games:

Note: Rankings are according to The World-Herald's class ratings

CLASS B

No. 1 Norris (20-2) vs. No. 8 Bennington (14-10), 9 a.m.

Radio: 101.5 FM, 1480 AM in Lincoln

The game: Norris regrouped after a late-season home loss against Elkhorn North, scoring a season-high 78 points in its district final. The Badgers were the only Class B team to win a district final on the road, defeating Beatrice 53-48.

The pick: In this battle between Eastern Midlands Conference teams, Norris — which defeated Bennington by 13 earlier this season — gets the nod to advance to the semifinals.

No. 4 Omaha Skutt (19-4) vs. No. 5 York (20-3), 11:15 a.m.

Radio: 103.5 FM, 95.9 FM, 1370 AM in York

The game: The SkyHawks return to state for the second time in three years but it’s still uncertain whether senior center Lindsay Krause will be in the lineup after suffering a knee injury a few weeks ago. York bounced back to win six in a row after losing three of five in January.

The pick: Krause’s presence — or absence — will make a difference, but a slight edge to Skutt to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2010.

CLASS A

No. 1 Lincoln Pius X (22-0) vs. No. 9 Millard North (14-9), 1:30 p.m.

Radio: 101.5 FM, 1480 AM in Lincoln; 1420 AM, 94.5 FM in Omaha

The game: Led by future Husker Alexis Markowski, the unbeaten Thunderbolts aim to make it two state titles in a row. Millard North claimed the lone wild card into the tourney after a district semifinal loss to Bellevue East.

The pick: The teams did not meet during the regular season, but the edge has to go to Pius to make it 23 wins in a row and 29 straight dating to last season.

No. 4 Lincoln Southwest (19-2) vs. No. 5 Omaha Central (22-3), 4 p.m.

Radio: 101.5 FM, 1480 AM in Lincoln; 1420 AM, 94.5 FM in Omaha

The game: Southwest isn’t flashy but knows how to win, rattling off 15 consecutive victories after back-to-back losses. The Eagles have had one of their best seasons in years, with a young team that has the height to pose problems.

The pick: Southwest won at Central 58-54 on Jan. 30, so the Silver Hawks get the slight edge, though the Eagles are certainly capable of payback here.

No. 2 Millard South (23-1) vs. No. 7 Lincoln East (13-9), 6:15 p.m.

Radio: 1420 AM, 94.5 FM in Omaha; 103.3 FM, 1240 AM in Lincoln

The game: It’s been another strong season for the Patriots, who have made a deep run at state four of the past five years. East went through a midseason stretch when it lost seven of 11 but is 4-1 since.

The pick: East’s full-court press can cause problems, but so can the Patriots’ press, and Millard South has the edge in offensive firepower. Edge to the Patriots to move on.

No. 3 Fremont (21-3) vs. No. 6 North Platte (16-6), 8:30 p.m.

Radio: 1340 AM in Fremont; 1410 AM in North Platte

The game: Led by All-Nebraska guard Taylor McCabe, Fremont has scored at least 70 points 14 times this season. The Bulldogs draw criticism for their schedule — this is only their eighth Class A game of the season — but they beat two Metro Conference teams in districts to reach state.

The pick: When Fremont is hitting on all cylinders, it can play with anyone. Look for the high-scoring Tigers, who beat North Platte 77-55 in December, to advance to the semis.


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Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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