Sports News-March 4, 2014
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LeBron James torched Charlotte for a career-high 61 points and the Miami Heat picked up their eighth straight win by knocking off the Bobcats 124-107. James made 22 of his 33 shots, including his first eight three-point attempts. James also broke Glen Rice's franchise record of 56 points set in April 1995.
The Creighton men's basketball team has fallen from ninth to 13th in the Associated Press poll after dropping their lone game to Xavier last Saturday 76-69. The 23-5 Bluejays return to action tonight when they visit the nation's capital to play Georgetown. Florida remains first followed by Wichita State, Arizona, Duke, & Virginia.
The Nebraska women's basketball team remains 16th in the Associated Press poll after splitting two games in the last week. They beat Illinois at home last Thursday 72-65 and then dropped an 82-66 decision at Purdue on Sunday. The 22-6 Huskers return to action when they face either Minnesota or Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday. Connecticut remains first followed by Notre Dame, Louisville, Stanford, & South Carolina.
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper is the women's basketball player of the year in the Big Ten and the Cornhuskers' Connie Yori has been named coach of the year for the second straight season. Hooper earned first-team All-Big Ten honors yesterday for the third straight season. She's the fourth player in school history to be named a conference player of the year. The 6'2 senior forward from Alliance is averaging 20 points and better than nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Rachel Theriot joins Hooper on the first team. Junior forward Emily Cady and junior guard Tear'a Laudermill were named to the second team, and junior forward Hailie Sample was named to the all-defense team. Yori was named a conference coach of the year for the fourth time in her 24-year head coaching career.
The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team's season has reached the end of the road. The Knights were beaten in the C-1-4 District Final by Omaha World Herald fourth ranked Wayne 71-46 at Wisner/Pilger High School. Norfolk Catholic trailed 34-28 at halftime before being outscored in the second half 37-18. David Engelhaupt & Beau Schommer each scored nine points to lead the Knights. Schommer added six rebounds. Jalen Barry led three Blue Devils in double figures with 28 points. Wayne improves to 23-4 while Norfolk Catholic's season ends at 14-11.
Boys Basketball District finals highlight the local schedule for today. In a game that can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com, Norfolk High takes on host team Lincoln Southeast at 7:00 in the A-7 District Final. Pregame coverage at 6:40. Columbus faces Beatrice in a B-4 District Semifinal at Lincoln High at 5:45. In Class 'D-1' games at 7:00, in a game that can be heard on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com, Howells/Dodge meets Randolph at Norfolk Catholic at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:40. In other 7:00 games in Class 'D-1', Fullerton meets Shelton at Grand Island Central Catholic High School and Clearwater/Orchard takes on Sandhills/Thedford at Burwell. In Class 'D-2', 7:00 district final games, Bancroft/Rosalie meets High Plains Community at Clarkson, and Wynot tangles with Spalding/Spalding Academy at Northeast Community College. Elsewhere in basketball, the Creighton are in Washington D.C. to play Georgetown at 6:05, and the Creighton women host Butler at 7:05.
The ninth ranked in both polls in Class 'A' Norfolk High boys basketball team is 20-4 on the year and one step away from the State Tournament after beating Lincoln East 57-49 in an A-7 District semifinal game last Saturday at Lincoln Southeast High School. It was the second time this year the Panthers have beaten the Spartans. Norfolk, who is currently seventh in power points in Class 'A', is beating their opponents by an average score 64.2-54.2. Their opponents have a record of 254-326 for a win percentage of .438. The Panthers return to action tonight when they face the Lincoln Southeast Knights in the A-7 District Final at 7:00. Norfolk lost to this team on January 24th in Lincoln 61-59 in overtime on a Luke Gifford tip-in at the buzzer. Tonight's game can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com starting at 6:40.
The Norfolk High girls basketball team's season reached the end of the road seven days ago after a 55-53 loss to Lincoln Southwest in an A-3 District semifinal from Fremont. Their final record was 12-12. Norfolk outscored their opponents on average 50.5-49.2. Their opponents have a record of 288-251 for a win percentage of .534. Junior Jaycee Bradley is the current all-time leading scorer in program history with 1048 points. She has a 325 point lead with one more year to go. The Lady Panthers will lose Mariah Buchholtz, Shelby Gansebom, Skyler Starkel, Chelsea Johnson, Haley Jensen, and Shae Wattier to graduation but will return Bradley, Michaela Heimes, Tierra Wilson, and Taleah Williams. The team was 9-2 on January 11th after a win over South Sioux City and then was 9-9 after a loss to Fremont on February seventh.
The Lincoln Journal Star sixth ranked in Class 'C-1' Norfolk Catholic girls basketball team's season reached conclusion on February 18th to Pierce 47-27 in the C-1-8 Sub-District Final at Norfolk High School. Their final mark was 15-9. Norfolk Catholic outscored their opponents on average 48.1-45.7. Their opponents have a record of 363-212 for a win percentage of .631. The Knights will lose Jennifer Keenan, Brittany Kelberlau, Morgan Hauser, Morgan Molacek, Ashlen Pospisil, and Michaela O'Brien to graduation but will return Geena Piper, Bailey Barnes, Joelle Heng, Maddie Love, Bailey Ehlers, Courtney Schindler.
The NJCAA 24th ranked in Division I Northeast Hawks women's basketball team is 26-4 after dropping the Region XI Championship Game 80-62 at Iowa Western Community College last Saturday. Alison Klostergard led three players in double figures for the Hawks with 15 points. The 14-0 start to this season for Northeast is the best start in program history. They are outscoring their opponents by an average score of 80.4-62.4. Northeast's season is now in limbo before deciding if they will receive an at-large berth to the National Tournament.
Local Schedule: Nfk High at Lincoln SE (A-7 BBB Dist. Final-7:00); Creighton at Georgetown at Washington D.C. (MBB-6:05); Kansas St. At Nebraska (Bsbl-Ppd to April 9); Creighton at Kansas at Lawrence, KS (Bsbl-Ppd. To March 12); Butler at Creighton (WBB-7:05).
Tonight: The Norfolk High boys basketball team faces host team Lincoln Southeast in the A-7 District Final at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com. Also, the Boys D-1-2 District Final from Norfolk Catholic High School has Randolph meeting Howells/Dodge at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.
Thursday: The Girls State Basketball Tournament gets underway in Lincoln. The Class 'C-1' Defending State Champion 20-4 Pierce Lady Bluejays faces 20-4 Chadron in the opening round of the Class 'C-1' bracket at the Bob Devaney Sports Center at 2:00. Pregame coverage at 1:40 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com. Also, 23-2 Humphrey St. Francis takes on 19-4 Boyd County in the Class 'D-1' bracket from Lincoln North Star High School at 3:45. Pregame coverage at approximately 3:25 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Area Class 'C' & 'D' BBB District Finals: Columbus Scotus 66 Milford 44 (C-1); Battle Creek 78 Twin River 64; Ainsworth 66 Hartington CC 65 (C-2).
Omaha Benson 42, North Platte 31
Omaha Central 55, Omaha Northwest 42
Omaha South 55, Omaha Creighton Prep 51
Omaha Westside 63, Papillion-LaVista 52
Bellevue West 51, Fremont 46
Lincoln Northeast 38, Millard West 36
Lincoln Pius X 34, Norris 29
Waverly 54, Plattsmouth 47
Elkhorn South 53, Gretna 46
Omaha Skutt Catholic 49, Ralston 47
Bennington 61, Blair 45
Omaha Roncalli 43, Elkhorn Mount Michael 28
Beatrice 56, Columbus 49
York 63, Seward 45
Aurora 58, Lexington 40
Grand Island Northwest 54, Holdrege 39
Gering 60, McCook 48
Scottsbluff 57, Sidney 50
Class C1 District Tournament
Falls City 37, Lincoln Christian 36
Bishop Neumann 86, Boys Town 49
Columbus Scotus 66, Milford 44
Wayne 71, Norfolk Catholic 46
Kearney Catholic 51, Grand Island Central Catholic 49
Cozad 66, Valentine 57
Class C2 District Tournament
Freeman 58, Yutan 45
Archbishop Bergan 65, Winnebago 58
Battle Creek 78, Twin River 64
Sutton 43, Doniphan-Trumbull 39, 2OT
Ainsworth 66, Hartington Cedar Catholic 65
Kimball 56, Ravenna 55
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Memphis 110 Washington 104
Final Miami 124 Charlotte 107
Final Brooklyn 96 Chicago 80
Final Detroit 96 New York 85
Final Milwaukee 114 Utah 88
Final Minnesota 132 Denver 128
Final L-A Lakers 107 Portland 106
Final Sacramento 96 New Orleans 89
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Columbus 2 Toronto 1
Final Dallas 3 Buffalo 2
Final Minnesota 3 Calgary 2
Final Los Angeles 2 Montreal 1
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (14) North Carolina 63 Notre Dame 61
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 1) UConn 68 ( 3) Louisville 48
Final Texas 65 (18) Oklahoma St. 58
Final South Florida 60 (24) Rutgers 51