We're in the Finals!!!
Posted: 03/05/2011 - by ElkhornSports Admin
For the first time since 1985, the Elkhorn Girls Basketball team is headed to the State Championship game as they defeated Holdrege 46-39 in State Tournament semifinal action. The Antlers will now take on undefeated Seward tonight at 6:30 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Seward has a 74 game winning streak while Elkhorn will go into the game with a 23-1 record. Come on out and make some noise for the Antlers!!
Against Holdrege, Elkhorn jumped out to a 10-3 lead as Cathleen Cox opened the scoring for Elkhorn and then the Antlers were able to burn the Duster press and get some layups for Jamee Miner and Courtney Jensen. But Holdrege battled back to take the lead before a Sara Ritzdorf 3 pointer helped put Elkhorn on top 17-15 at the end of the quarter.
The Antlers added to the lead in the second quarter as Brittney Lynch battled hard inside for rebounds on both ends of the court. Lynch and Brooke Bartosh scored inside and a Ritzdorf driving layup had Elkhorn on top 31-24 at the half.
In the third quarter, pressure defense by Miner and Cox caused problems for the Holdrege ballhandlers. A Jensen to Crystal Foster full court pass against the Duster press lead to Foster's layup and Elkhorn lead 42-31 to start the fourth quarter.
But the Antlers hit a scoring draught and Holdrege cut the margin to 42-37 with less than two minutes to go. A defensive stop followed by a Lynch to Ritzdorf backdoor play lead to a Ritzdorf three-point play as she scored the layup, was fouled, and made the ensuing free throw with 1:10 left in the game to give Elkhorn a cushion that they were able to hold for the win. Jensen added a free throw and Holdrege scored one last time to bring the final score to 46-39 and put the Antlers into the State Final.
Come on out and cheer for Elkhorn at the Bob Devaney Sports Center as your Elkhorn Antlers will play for the State Championship.