AUDIO: Joel Janecek recaps Sandhills/Thedford’s first round win and talks with head coach Jordan Arensdorf.
LINCOLN – It was a tale of two halves when Sandhills/Thedford met Lyons-Decatur Northeast in the first round of the girls Class D2 state basketball tournament at Lincoln North Star High School on Thursday, March 3.
Points were hard to come by early on, as Lyons-Decatur led just 14-11 at halftime.
The Knights came out hot in the second half, starting the third quarter on a 12-2 scoring run. Sandhills/Thedford would outscore the Cougars 18-13 in the period, and took a 29-27 lead into the fourth quarter.
The final period proved to be the best offensively for the Knights, as they outscored Lyons-Decatur 20-9. Sandhills/Thedford was aided by 14 made free throws in the quarter, and they went on to beat the Cougars 49-36.
Brianne Haskell was the lone scorer in double digits for Lyons-Decatur, totalling 17 points.
Avery Taylor led Sandhills/Thedford with 18 points, to go along with 16 from Rebecca Higgins and 11 from Madison Taylor.
Sandhills/Thedford improves to 23-4 and will face O’Neill St. Mary’s in the D2 semifinals Friday afternoon at 3:45 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The game will be broadcast on FM 92.3, online at kbear923.com and on the free KBEAR mobile app.