- CLASS B GIRLS BASKETBALL: Waverly's Free Throws Help In Upset of Platteview
By Jeff Motz
Free throws were the key in Waverly's upset of previously unbeaten and top-seed Platteview Friday afternoon.
The Vikings got 10 charity tosses from senior forward Ashley Cook in the final quarter that helped in a 44-38 victory over the No. 1 Trojans in the Class B girls state basketball semifinals at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Waverly (17-6) will now play the winner of York or Elkhorn South for the Class B state championship Saturday at 1pm. It marks the first time in 15 years that the Vikings made the championship game, which was a runner-up finish.
Waverly had a 9-6 lead after the first quarter, then led 13-10 at the break before a pivotal third quarter. Platteview rallied to take a 22-21 lead when Payton Brotzki hit two free throws.
The Vikings countered with two baskets from 6-0 senior Brianna Boender, including a basket from underneath the hoop as time ran out in the quarter to extend the lead at 25-22.
Brotzki nailed a three-pointer to pull Platteview to within one, 34-33 with 1:49 to play in the game. Then Waverly got a pair of free throws from Emily Clarke and Ashley Cook sank 10 free throws to seal the win.
It marks the first win of the season for the Vikings over the Trojans, who won a regular season meeting and the district title last week 43-34.
Brotzki led Platteview (25-1) with 16 points. Ashley Cook led Waverly with 12 points, while Boender finished with 10 points.