LINCOLN – For the second straight year, the Seward girls saw their season come to an end in the first round of the state tournament. The Bluejays fell to Northwest in the first round of the Class B state tournament, 58-51.
Northwest controlled most of the game, except for two small leads Seward had in the third period, the Vikings were led by Whitney Brown and Megan Cooper. For a team that didn’t make the tournament in five years, the Vikings played like the veterans who had been there every year. Northwest sunk four three pointers in the first quarter while Brown scored seven of her 21 in the first period.
Seward hung around the entire game scoring a majority of their points in the paint. Northwest struggled in the first half to stop Camryn Opfer and Kayla Luebbe as the duo dominated down low. The two combined for 23 points in the paint in the first half. However, Northwest adjusted in the second half and shut down any inside presence by the Bluejays. Seward would find a different way to score as Camden Peery knocked in two three pointers, helping give her team a four point lead in the third. Once again, the Vikings would answer and go on a 5-0 run to retake the lead and never looked back.
Brown led all scorers with 21 points, Cooper contributed 17 behind four treys. Seward was led by Opfer’s 22 points and 14 rebounds. Luebbe scored 11, but only managed two score two points in the second half. The Bluejays were also plagued by their 22 turnovers.
Seward ends the year at 20-5 while Northwest improves to 19-5 and will play Waverly in the semifinals on Friday.
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