Crawford, Sioux County, and Hay Springs all looked to extend their seasons on to District play during last week’s class D Sub-Districts, but when the dust had settled none were able to accomplish that goal.
After defeating Garden County 45-35 Feb. 13, in the first round of the D1-12 sub-districts, the Rams’ girls advanced to a championship match against first-seeded Morrill, where they were defeated 37-15.
After surprising in the first round with just their sixth win of the season, the Crawford girls were unable to score more than five points in any quarter of Thursday’s championship game with the Morrill Lions, who earlier in the week rolled over fourth-seeded Paxton 60-22.
Morrill Freshman Ilycia Guerue led all scorers with 16 points for the Lions, who entered Sub-Districts with a 17-6 record.
Despite entering the D2-11 tournament on a five-game winning streak, the second-seeded Sioux County Warriors’ girls were upset 50-43 by third-seeded Cody-Kilgore, which entered the tournament with a 6-9 record.
The game stayed close throughout the first quarter with each side exchanging leads, but the Cowboys were able to pull ahead through much of the rest of the game.
Sioux County was able to battle back late in the game, erasing a double digit deficit to pull within three points of Cody-Kilgore with just 36 seconds remaining in the game.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, who were forced to foul intentionally to try to gain possession, Cody-Kilgore sank the majority of their free-throws in the waning seconds of the game, extending their lead to seven and advancing to the championship game.
On the other side of the bracket, fourth-seeded Hay Springs entered the tournament with a tough matchup, facing first-seeded Hyannis who entered the game with a 16-2 season record.
The Longhorns outscored the Hawks 35-9 in the first half, and cruised through the second half en route to a 56-15 win.
Hyannis and Cody-Kilgore then met in the championship game last Thursday where the Longhorns secured the D2-11 Sub-District Championship with a 70-31 defeat of the Cowboys.