KEARNEY — Trailing late in the fourth quarter, Elgin Public-Pope John scored the last seven points of the game to claim a 49 to 45 victory over Maywood-Hayes Center.
The victory punched the Wolfpack’s ticket to the D1 Girls State Basketball Tournament which begins today in Lincoln.
In a game which saw momentum switch back and forth, the Wolfpack outlasted the Wolves and exorcised memories of a heartbreaking loss one year ago in the district finals.
“We knew we were going to have our hands full,” Coach Randy Eisenhauer said.
The two teams mirrored each other, befitting a matchup between the #8 and #9 seeds in Class D1. Pressure defense, fast-paced offense. Each team forced turnovers. Each team made plays when they had to and, in the end, the Wolfpack made just a few more when it counted.
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