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03/03/2017 - CLASS A GIRLS BASKETBALL: Silver Hawks Reach First Final With Upset Of Top-Ranked Rockets

By Jeff Motz

Lincoln Southwest lately has managed to have found ways to come up winning.

Friday night was no different, as the Silver Hawks hit some free throws and got big shots down the stretch to rally and hold off top-seed Lincoln Northeast in a 65-61 victory in the Class A semifinals of the Girls State Basketball Tournament at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Southwest (22-5) now advances to their first Class A title game in school history, by taking on Millard North in the final set for Saturday 6:30pm, which you can hear on

Senior guard Alex Barada scored 20 points, nine of which came with less than four minutes in the game.  She hit a three-pointer as part of a 7-0 run that gave Southwest a 52-50 lead.

Barada then scored a mid-range jump shot, followed by a layup to cap a fast-break and give the Silver Hawks a 61-57 lead with 25 seconds remaining.

Northeast (24-3) got two more baskets, including McKenna Minter's layup with 4.4 seconds left trailing 63-61.  Then Barada sealed it for Southwest by sinking two free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining.

Minter, a freshman, led all scorers with 30 points for Northeast.  

Southwest's inside presence worked, as Jaden Ferguson scored a team-high 21 points, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line.  Ferguson's play close to the basket hurt the Rocket defense.

In her final game at Northeast, Alabama A&M recruit Nigeria Jones finished with 15 points. 
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