Lady Falcons Advance to State Tournament

Hey, Wilcox-Hildreth—you just won the district cham- pionship. Where are you going now? “We’re going to Lin- coln to the State Tournament!”

The Falcon girls defeated Hay Springs 42-33 on Febru- ary 24 at Ogallala in one of eight district finals that de- termined the Class D2 state qualifiers. Wil-Hil extended its school record for wins in a season to 18 (now 18-7) and much more importantly found itself in the State Tourney field for the first time in the consolidation his- tory.

The Falcons got out to an 8-1 lead in the first four min- utes and closed the opening quarter up 12-6. Cara Bung- er scored on Wil-Hil’s first possession and Sarah Jensen netted six points and Katelyn Bunger four. At 5:41 of the second period Wil-Hil led 16-7 on two more buckets from Cara. But Hay Springs went on an 11-2 run (a Jensen

two-pointer ended a four minute Falcon drought) and by halftime the contest was tied at 18-all.

The Hawks led for roughly four minutes of the third quarter, then Madison Bunger finally got untracked, scoring seven in a three-minute span. Emma Donley potted a big trey in that span also. The Falcons ended the third period on top 28-22.

Check out the March 1 edition of the Courier for full story.