SOUTH SIOUX CITY – Oakland-Craig met Hartington Cedar Catholic in the C2-4 girls sub-state basketball championship in South Sioux City heard on 107.9 The Bull Friday night.
The game was tied 7-7 early, before the Knights pulled away for a 15-9 lead after the first quarter.
Both teams scored 10 points in the second quarter, and Oakland-Craig led 25-19 at the half.
Dacey Nelson, who did not play the entire second period due to foul trouble, re-entered the game in the third, and scored 11 points, including a trio of three pointers, as the Knights scored 19 as a team and took a 44-33 lead into the fourth.
The Trojans outscored the Knights in the fourth, but Oakland-Craig was able to make free throws down the stretch, and the final score favored the Knights 57-49, sending them to the state tournament for just the second time in school history.
Kennedy Benne scored 27 points to lead Oakland-Craig, while Nelson ended up with 19. Jada Cattau led the Trojans with 18.
Oakland-Craig is now 21-3 on the season and advances to the Class C2 state tournament next week in Lincoln.