Sports News-March 6, 2014

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Natalie Romeo hit seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points, both career highs, to lead seventh-seeded Nebraska to an 86-71 win over Illinois in the second round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.  Nebraska (21-9) will play 14th-ranked Iowa, seeded second, in the quarterfinals on Friday.  Hailie Sample and Tear'a Laudermiller had 14 points apiece for the Cornhuskers while Allie Havers added 13 and Emily Cady had 11. Brandi Jeffery had nine rebounds and eight assists to go with her six points.  Ivory Crawford had 19 points and Amarah Coleman 18 for the Illini (15-16), who shot just 34.6 percent.  Romeo, a freshman who has started nine straight games since All-American Rachel Theriot was lost for the season with an ankle injury, was 5 of 7 behind the arc in the first half when the Cornhuskers (21-9) opened a 49-29 lead. She broke her career marks early in the second half with a layup, which she turned into a three-point play. Nebraska shot 61.7 percent and led by 28 with 8:21 to play.

The Norfolk High girls’ basketball team upset Omaha Benson yesterday 46-37 win on Thursday afternoon, giving top-ranked Omaha Benson its first loss of the season and halting its 45-game winning streak.  Jaycee Bradley led the Panthers with 34 points, with 20 of those points coming at the free throw line, setting a Class ‘A’ record.  Norfolk is now 14-12 and advances to the semi-final against Bellevue West tonight at 7 in the Pinnacle Bank Arena. The game will be carried on 106 Kix and 106kix.com, with the pregame at 6:40.

Sixteen first-half turnovers didn't change Norfolk Catholic's game plan or cause the Knights to settle. They kept attacking, earning 50 trips to the free-throw line while pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 66-56 win over Wahoo Neumann in opening round action of the Class C1 state tournament at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Thursday.  The Knights finished 61 percent from the line with Maddie Love's 12 of 21 effort leading the way. In the fourth quarter, after erasing a 40-36 deficit late in the third quarter to take a 45-44 lead, the Knights took 24 trips to the line and cashed in on 14.  Senior, Geena Piper finished with team-highs of 17 points and 19 rebounds while blocking three shots. Haley Thiele finished her career for the Cavaliers with a game-high 20 points. Norfolk Catholic advances to the semi-finals for Class C-1 to play Kearney Catholic at 10:45 this morning in the Pinnacle Bank Arena. The game can be heard on LiteRock 97.5 and LiteRock97.com with pregame starting at 10:25.

 

Local Scores: Norfolk 46 Omaha Benson 37 (WBB); Pierce 56 Minden 48 (WBB); Norfolk Catholic 66 Bishop Neumann 56 (WBB); Crofton 58 Ponca 27 (WBB); West Point Central Catholic 78 Yutan 46(WBB); Humphrey St. Francis 58  Dundy County-Stratton 59 (WBB); Howells/Dodge 55 Emerson/Hubbard 43 (WBB); O’Neill St. Mary’s 75  Friend 73 (WBB); Fullerton 46 Blue Hill 61 (WBB); Stuart 59 Mullen 37 (WBB); Wynot 66 Hampton 48 (WBB).

GIRLS BASKETBALL
 Class A Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Bellevue West 48, South Sioux City 37
     Lincoln Northeast 58, Kearney 52
     Norfolk 46, Omaha Benson 37
     Omaha Westside 55, Millard West 40
 Class B Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Lincoln Pius X 55, Scottsbluff 29
     Norris 46, Hastings 32
     Omaha Gross Catholic 44, Elkhorn South 41
     York 47, Elkhorn 37
 Class C1 Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Kearney Catholic 62, Chadron 40
     Lincoln Christian 67, Omaha Concordia 47
     Norfolk Catholic 66, Bishop Neumann 56
     Pierce 56, Minden 48
 Class C2 Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Crofton 58, Ponca 27
     Guardian Angels 78, Yutan 46
     Hastings St. Cecilia 63, North Platte St. Patrick's 36
     Sutton 56, Freeman 38
 Class D1 Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Blue Hill 61, Fullerton 46
     Dundy County-Stratton 59, Humphrey St. Francis 58, OT
     Howells/Dodge 55, Emerson-Hubbard 43
     St. Mary's 75, Friend 73
 Class D2 Tournament
 Quarterfinal
     Falls City Sacred Heart 44, Crawford 30
     Sandhills/Thedford 48, Giltner 34
     Stuart 59, Mullen 37
     Wynot 66, Hampton 48

   NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Chicago    108    Oklahoma  City    105
    
      Final    Portland      94    Dallas      75
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final  2OT    Calgary                  4    Boston              3  (SO  Calgary  2-1)
      Final            Minnesota              2    Washington      1
      Final            Philadelphia            3    St.  Louis        1
      Final  2OT    Dallas                   4    Florida            3  (SO  Dallas  1-0)
      Final            Tampa  Bay           4    Toronto            2
      Final            N-Y  Islanders        4     Nashville        3
      Final  2OT    Arizona                 3     Vancouver        2  (SO  Arizona  1-0)
      Final  2OT    Los  Angeles          4     Montreal          3  (SO  Los  Angeles  3-2)
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  5)  Arizona          99    California              60
      Final    (  6)  Wisconsin      76    Minnesota                63
      Final    (13)  Utah                67    Washington  St.      59
      Final    (18)  Arkansas        78    South  Carolina      74
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (12)  Kentucky                  67               Vanderbilt              61
      Final    (15)  North  Carolina          84                Georgia  Tech          64
      Final    (17)  Chattanooga             78                UNC-Greensboro      44
      Final    (18)  Texas  A&M              57                Auburn                      47
      Final           Wake  Forest            85          (22) Syracuse                  79
      Final    (23)  Rutgers                   63                Indiana                    52

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