LINCOLN — Crofton and Elkhorn Valley showed the Nebraska girls basketball world that the NENAC Conference is a very tough place to play.
Crofton won the Class C1 consolation trophy for the second straight year, while Elkhorn Valley picked up the D1 consolation in State Tournament action here Saturday.
Crofton, the NENAC season champ, finished the state tourney with a 56-34 victory over Kimball to claim the third-place trophy.
The game was tight through the first three quarters, but the Lady Warriors put the game away in the final frame by outscoring Kimball 16-4.
Senior Caitlin Jones finished with a game-high 22 points for the 23-2 Warriors.
Teammate Jordan Sanger swished the net for 14 points.
As a team, Crofton was a sizzling 21-of-28 from the free-throw line.
Danielle Perry poured in a team-high 12 points for Kimball. The Lady Longhorns finished the season at 21-6.
Kimball 7 13 10 4—34
Crofton 9 16 15 16 —56
Crofton – Caitlin Jones, 22; Jordan Sanger, 14; Jenna Guenther, 6; Cassie Tramp, 5; Kristin Steffen, 4; Rachel Steffen, 2; Dacey Braunsroth, 2; Holly Hegge, 1. Kimball – Perry, 12; Dickson, 6; Provance, 6; Christensen, 6; Rageth, 2; Pedersen, 2.
Elkhorn Valley’s consolation title game was a see-saw affair from start to finish.
The EV Lady Falcons pulled it out at the end, though to earn the 52-51 win and claim third-place honors.
The NENAC Conference runner-up Elkhorn Valley Lady Falcons looked like they had things under control early, as they raced out to a 16-8 first-quarter lead.
The Big Green struggled in the second frame as Humphrey put together an 18-10 run to knot the game at 26-26 at the halftime break.
Humphrey came out of the locker room fired up and hung a 13-4 run on the Lady Falcons to open the second half.
But Elkhorn Valley did not give up as they turned things around with a 10-2 run over the final 11 minutes to earn the win.
Katie Rich completed the rally with her free-throw shooting to give Elkhorn Valley its only lead of the second half.
Rich hit eight shots from the field and finished with a game-high 22 points. Teammate Junior Kyleigh Parham followed with 12 points.
The win was the third of the year over Humphrey. Humphrey had only lost four times this year — three times to Elkhorn Valley and once to D1 state champion Bancroft-Rosalie.
Paige Frauendorfer paced the Humphrey offense with a team-high 19 points in the contest. Osten connected for 15 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Humphrey finished its season with a 21-4 record. Elkhorn Valley finished the year with a 20-4 record.
Elkhorn Valley 16 10 8 18 — 52
Humphrey 8 18 13 12 — 51
Elkhorn Valley – Katie Rich, 22; Kyleigh Parham, 12; Sadie Rich, 9; Cami Oelsligle, 6; Hope Smith, 2; Kathy Fox, 1. Humphrey - Paige Frauendorfer, 19; Leann Osten, 15; Karlie Klassen, 9; Alex Wallin, 4; Terin Wemhoff, 2; Laura Lovercheck, 2.
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