- GIRLS A-1 DISTRICT BASKETBALL: Rockets Go Extra Frame To Edge Knights
By Jeff Motz
As Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra would say, "It ain't over, til it's over."
The Lincoln Northeast girls basketball team proved that when a fourth quarter rally helped fuel a tie at the end of regulation and key baskets in overtime for a 66-62 win over Lincoln Southeast at the Ed Johnson Gym Tuesday night.
Now, the Rockets will travel to South Sioux City Thursday night and play for the A-1 district title with a chance to head to the state tournament.
Northeast (14-10) was down 47-40 early in the fourth quarter, as Southeast was continuing to hit from long range. The Rockets quickly countered as senior guard Megan Sattler hit back to back three-pointers to force a 47-all game.
After being called for traveling, Northeast junior guard Nigeria Jones was whistled for a technical foul for slamming the ball on the court. The technical counted as her fifth personal foul and forced her out of the game with 3:44 remaining in regulation.
Southeast (12-12) took advantage when junior guard Alex Barada hit both technical foul shots and guard Karsin Underwood drove to the basket and scored for a 51-47 lead.
Then Sattler gave Northeast a 54-51 lead by hitting her third three-pointer as part of a 7-0 run. Barada's three with a minute left tied the game and ultimately sent it to overtime.
Javy Shadegg hit two key baskets and two free throws, plus a basket off a baseball pass from Sattler to Aaliyah Evans put the Rockets up 64-59. Southeast responded by hitting a three-pointer from Makada Beamon, then Mariah Cates sealed the win for Northeast by hitting two free throws.
Evans led all scorers with 19 points for Northeast, while Erica Craig and Kembree Rhodes each added nine, while Jones fouled out with eight points in the Rocket win.
Barada scored 18 points for Southeast, while Jocelyn Anderson added 12 points, McKenzie Beach finished with 11 points and Underwood ended the night with 10 points.