LINCOLN – The West Point-Beemer girls basketball team took the trip to Lincoln for their first ever state tournament appearance on Thursday, meeting Lincoln Christian at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, in Class C1 action heard on 107.9 The Bull.
Sierra Kile hit a pair of three pointers in the first quarter, but the Crusader still led 13-6 at the end of the frame.
The Cadets were again held to single digit scoring in the second quarter, and Lincoln Christian took a 29-14 lead into halftime.
West Point-Beemer had its best quarter of the game in the third, thanks to three points buckets by Kile, Rachel Groth and Sidney Swanson, but the Crusaders still led by 10 and 47-37 heading into the fourth.
Swanson added six more points in the final period, but Lincoln Christian was able to keep the Cadets at bay, winning the game 46-35.
“I know that Coach Orduna really had a great game plan, he knew that we had some outside shooters so he had the guards go out and contest them. And they had 6’4 in the middle of the lane so took away a little bit of our driving game,” head coach Taylor Shepard said. “It was just tough to get something going in that first half especially, you never want to end a half with 14 points, much less down at the state tournament. So I thought that there were definitely some things that we could learn and grow from, but our girls had such a great season, and I don’t think that’s maybe a reflection of how the whole season went.”
Both Swanson and Kile had 13 points for the Cadets, with 11 of Swanson’s points coming in the second half.
West Point-Beemer ends their season at 23-3 overall.