By Kellan Heavican
Omaha Central survived a late push from Lincoln Southeast on Saturday afternoon beating the Knights 58-53 at the Prasch Activities Building.
The Eagles matched their largest lead of the game at 15 at 48-33 with 5:45 left in regulation after a Roman Behrens’s basket. After back-and-forth possessions, finally Isaiah Laughlin started a late rally that pulled LSE within 50-40 with 3:40 left.
After forcing a turnover, Brayden Day ignited the crowd on a two-handed flush and give credit to Jack Strong for dropping a dime to Day. Day responded again by scoring two more of his team-high 16 points.
Southeast (7-12) forced missed shots and got within a possession after Laughlin converted a three-point play to make it 53-50 with 56 seconds left. That would be the closes Southeast came as Isaiah Poor Bear and Jokrol Pak added late free throws to seal the victory.
Isaiah Curry helped pace Southeast with 14 points. Poor Bear led Omaha Central (13-5) with 17 and Pal aided 13 to the final score.
LINCOLN SOUTHEAST GIRLS 59, OMAHA CENTRAL 20
Southeast used a stifling defense in the second half to drop Central.
The Knights held the Eagles to no points in the third quarter, while holding the Eagles to only four points in the final frame. However, LSE (11-8) piled on 32 second-half points.
In the third quarter, Karsin Underwood sparked the scoring explosion by tallying seven of her game-high 14 points. Maria Devries also added six points during the frame.
The Eagles (0-18) finally scored their first basket with 5:36 left to go in the game as Sahdia Thomas scored. Thomas finished with 7. Dayzanequie Haynes scored 11 point in the first half, but didn’t score the rest of the game.
Nine different Knights scored. Makda Beamon added 10. Maddie Renn also added six to the final score.