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February 21, 2013Remember what I said earlier about these games getting played tomorrow?
And yet, here is my take on the girls D-1 and D-2 district finals and projected state tournament field...
D1-1 at Seward:
Friend (19-3) v. Exeter-Milligan (20-4). Two programs with great history square off here. Friend has won 13 of its last 14, Exeter-Milligan 11 in a row, with Friend holding a 46-42 win over E-M back in December. Winner: Exeter-Milligan.
D1-2 at GI Central Catholic:
Silver Lake (17-7) v. Palmer (16-6). Silver Lake has won 11 of 13 and was D-1 runner-up in 2009. Palmer has won eight in a row. Winner: Silver Lake.
D1-3 at Wisner:
Howells-Dodge (20-5) v. Emerson-Hubbard (16-6). No. 3 Howells-Dodge beat No. 1 Guardian Angels Central Catholic and No. 2 Pender in sub-district play, while Emerson-Hubbard has won seven of eight, including an overtime win against Randolph in the sub-district final. Winner: Howells-Dodge.
D1-4 at Burwell:
St. Mary's (21-2) v. Ansley-Litchfield (19-5). St. Mary's, which last year qualified for state for the first time ever, has won 15 of 16 while Ansley-Litchfield, a first-year consolidated program, has won 13 of 14. Winner: St. Mary's.
D1-5 at Bertrand:
Alma (18-6) v. Arapahoe (21-5). Alma, which has never qualified for state, beat Arapahoe 56-36 back on Jan. 31 and has won six of its last eight games. Winner: Alma.
D1-6 at Bayard:
Sutherland (19-5) v. Crawford (17-5). Sutherland has won eight of nine and beaten six C-1 teams. Crawford, which has never been to state, has won seven of nine. Winner: Sutherland.
Projected Wild Cards: No. 1 GACC and No.2 Pender, courtesy of No. 3 Howells-Dodge.
D2-1 at Norris:
Falls City Sacred Heart (23-3) v. Deshler (22-3). A great battle should ensue, as Sacred Heart has won 18 in a row and Deshler owns a win over defending C-1 state champ Sandy Creek. Winner: Sacred Heart.
D2-2 at Norfolk Catholic:
Humphrey (23-3 ) v. Lindsay Holy Family (23-1). This should be the game of the night, it seems to me. Humphrey beat Holy Family by four back in early December and is the defending D-2 state runner-up. Holy Family won D-2 in 2010 and finished 3rd the past two years. This is why you have a wild card system in place...Winner: Lindsay Holy Family.
D2-3 at Hartington CC:
Wynot (22-3) v. Osmond (16-2). Wynot, the two-time defending Class D-2 champion, owns a 54-42 win over Osmond from back in December and has lost only to C-2 powers Homer (twice) and Crofton. Winner: Wynot.
D2-4 at Gibbon:
Giltner (18-6) v. Axtell (17-7). Giltner has won five in a row while Axtell has won six of seven. Winner: Giltner.
D2-5 at Wallace:
Brady (20-3) v. Wauneta-Palisade (17-6). Two of Brady's losses have been to 22-2 Mullen and the Eagles have beaten Wauneta-Palisade twice this year. Winner: Brady.
D2-6 at Hemingford:
Sandhills/Thedford (19-6) v. Sioux County (16-5). Sandhills/Thedford advanced with a 64-52 win over Mullen in the sub-district final after having lost to Mullen three times this season. Sioux County has won eight of 10. Winner: Sandhills/Thedford.
Projected Wild Cards: No. 4 Lindsay Holy Family and No. 5 Osmond, leaving 22-win teams Deshler and Mullen at home.