Emanuel Sisters Lead Tigers to State Title Repeat

Kaitlyn and Sydney Emanuel led North Bend Central to the Tigers’ second straight Class C1 girls state basketball championship Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Trailing Hastings St. Cecilia 43-32 after three quarters, North Bend rallied for a 51-49 victory.  The Emanuel sisters combined to score 17 of the Tigers’ 19 points in the final period.  For the game, Kaitlyn had 19 points, 10 rebounds and three steals while Sydney wound up with 20 points, eight rebounds, five steals and made all 12 of her free throw attempts.

As a team, the Tigers were 21-of-27 from the free throw line and scored 17 points off 13 turnovers.

In winning its fourth-ever state championship, North Bend went 24-3 on the season, the same record as the Hawkettes who claimed the C2 title each of the past two seasons.