Shamrocks Win State Title, Flyers Are Runners-Up

The Scotus girls’ basketball team claimed its fifth state title Saturday, as the Shamrocks beat Centennial Conference rival Bishop Neumann 40-37 in an overtime thriller at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Shamrocks’ junior Bailey Lehr hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in regulation that tied the C-1 championship game at 34-all and forced the extra period.

Lehr also grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled with 14.5 seconds in overtime.  She hit both ends of the one-and-one to put Scotus ahead 38-34. After a conventional three-point play for Neumann brought the Cavaliers within one, Scotus senior Maggie Feehan drained two free throws to make it 40-37.

Neumann’s last-ditch three was no good and the Cavaliers ended this season 21-5.  The Wahoo school, which was the number-two seed in the tourney, settled for its fourth runner-up finish in six title games.

Fifth-seeded Scotus winds up 22-5, earning the Shamrocks’ first girls state championship since 2004.

In the Class D-2 championship game Saturday night, second-seeded Humphrey St. Francis fell to top-seeded Falls City Sacred Heart 57-51. The Flyers ended their season at 26-3, while the Irish went 27-1.