The Minden Lady Whippets are one victory away from clinching an automatic invitation to the 2012 Nebraska Girls State Basketball Tournament March 1-3 in Lincoln.
Minden is only one victory shy of earning a place in the Class C-1 state field and will look to get the win on Friday, February 24 when they take on the Valentine Badgers at 7 p.m. in Broken Bow in the C1-5 district final.
Minden got to that point after winning the C1-9 subdistrict title on Thursday, knocking off the defending C-1 state champion, the Hastings St. Cecilia Hawkettes, in Lynn Farrell Area on the campus of Hastings College.
The Lady Whippets used an 18-0 run in the second and third period to hold on and prevail over St. Cecilia 46-43 to move to 18-2 on the season.
The second meeting between these two C-1 powers, proved to provide the same nail-bitting finish when the pair played in January.
Despite missing their leading scorer, the Hawkettes were still up to challenge the Whippets presented. St. Cecilia had momentum working on its side in the opening period holding a four point lead, 12-8, after the first eight minutes of play. Jamie and Brooke Kissinger kept Minden close with three points each while Hallie Bauer added two.
Minden’s offense started to show life in the second period while the defensive intensity also hounded the Hawkettes.
The Whippets would go on a run midway through the second as St. Cecilia went cold from the field not scoring a point for the final 4:38 of the half. Jamie Kissinger took advantage hitting a pair of three-pointers to lead Minden to a 13 point effort. Also chipping in points were Brooke Kissinger on a three-pointer and baskets from Carly Sitorius and Sydney Stadler.
Minden went from down four entering the quarter to ahead by five, 21-16, as the teams went into intermission.
The Whippets were in the midst of an 18-0 run from midway through the second to the midway point of the third. Minden built its lead to 26-16 with three points from Bauer and two free throws by Brooke Kissinger.
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