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03/05/2015 - CLASS C1 GIRLS BASKETBALL: Quick Start Helps Crusaders Past Mustangs

By Jeff Motz

Like the sharp north breeze late Thursday morning, Lincoln Christian swooped in and took care of business on the basketball court.

The Crusaders had three players in double figures, led by Chloe Dworak's 15 points, to earn a 67-47 victory over Omaha Concordia in the quarterfinal of the Class C1 Girls State Basketball Tournament at the Devaney Sports Center.  

The win puts Christian (23-4) in the C1 semifinals Friday at 9am against Pierce, who defeated Minden 56-48 in the earlier quarterfinal game.

All it took for the Crusaders was a 16-2 run and a flurry of outside shots from Dworak and Elizabeth Nunnally to help Christian to a 20-9 first quarter lead.  The advantage reached 39-19 by halftime, with the cruise control set.

A 22-10 third quarter run by the Crusaders made it 61-29.  Defensively, Christian kept Emily Petersen, Concordia's top scorer at 17 points a game, to only five points, which came in the final 3:30 of the contest.  The Mustangs did outscore the Crusaders 18-6 in the final period, when Christian coach Nick Orduna put in his reserves midway through.

Taytem Coleman added 13 points for Christian and sophomore Mollie Shepard finished with 11 points.  

Concordia got 10 points from center Sara Struble.

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