LINCOLN – Thirty one points from Oakland-Craig’s senior star Dacey Nelson, and 13-of-25 shooting from the free-line, was too much for the Fillmore Central girls basketball team to overcome, as they fell to the Knights 68-60 in the state tournament third-place game Saturday morning at Lincoln Southeast High School.
The Panthers led most of the first quarter, and led 16-12, before Oakland-Craig went on a 7-0 run to end the period leading 19-16.
In the second quarter, Halle Theis scored 7 of her 9 points, but the Knights were able to penetrate for easy inside baskets, and maintained a 33-32 halftime advantage.
In the second half, Fillmore Central couldn’t contain Oakland-Craig’s Dacey Nelson, who averaged 26.7 points a game. She had just 9 first-half points, but scored 9 more in the 3rd quarter. Meanwhile, the Panthers had only 3 field goals, and went just 5-13 from the charity stripe in the period, yet trailed only 51-45 heading into the final quarter.
After the Panthers closed to 53-50 halfway through the quarter, Nelson took over and outscored FC herself 13-4 over the next few minutes, and the Knights closed out the 68-60 victory. In addition to Nelson’s game high 31 points, junior Kennedy Benne was the only other OC player in double figures with 13. Oakland -Craig ends the season with a 23-4 record.
Fillmore Central, who will return the top 8 players from this year’s 23-6 squad, was led by junior Erin Schmidt with 17 points. She finished the state tourney with 42 total points. Sophomore Jacquelyn Schelkopf was also in double figures with 15, while junior Macy Scott finished with 10.
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