Scotus’ Season Ends, Howells-Dodge Still Alive In Girls State Basketball

Making their first appearance in the girls’ state basketball tournament since 2012, the Scotus Shamrocks came up short in their bid to upset top-ranked Lincoln Christian.

In a game aired on KLIR 101, the Crusaders won 62-28 Thursday, improving to 24-1 and moving into Friday’s C1 semifinals.  The Shamrocks’ season ended at 16-8.

In C2, number-3 Howells-Dodge is the highest seeded team still alive heading into the semifinals. The Jaguars downed sixth-seeded Cambridge 58-41 in a contest aired on 93.5 The Hawk.

Sam Brester had a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds and Macey Kulhanek scored 19 points off the Jaguars’ bench.

Now 23-3, Howells-Dodge will face number-7 seed Ponca in Friday’s semifinals.  The Indians are 22-4 after upsetting second-seeded Hastings St. Cecilia 45-43 Thursday night.

Tipoff is set for 3:45 p.m. at the Devaney Center and you can hear the action on The Hawk.

Diller-Odell registered a huge upset on the other side of the C2 bracket.  The eighth-seeded Griffins stunned five-time defending champion Crofton 52-45.  Diller-Odell meets four-seed Ravenna Friday at 2 p.m. in the other C2 semifinal.  The Bluejays rolled past fifth-seeded North Platte St. Patrick’s 57-44.