Jefferson County North opened the first round of the Class 2A girls state tournament in dominating fashion Thursday afternoon, cruising past No. 8-seed Meade 62-42 at Bramlage Coliseum.
The top-seeded Chargers opened the game with a 20-12 advantage after the first quarter and led at the break 29-21.
Jefferson County North (22-2) squashed all hope for Meade in the fourth quarter when it outscored the Buffaloes 16-9.
Senior Jacee Kramer scored a game-high 32 points for the Chargers. She was also 13 of 16 from the free-throw line. Junior Heather Polson was also in double figures with15 points.
The Buffaloes (14-9) were led by sophomore Bailey Olvera’s 15 points. Senior Kinzie Friesen added eight points and a game-high nine rebounds.
No. 4 MOUNDRIDGE 54,
No. 5 NORTHERN HEIGHTS 38
Solid shooting at the free-throw line was key in Moundridge’s 54-38 win over Northern Heights. Fourth-seeded Moundridge was 19 of 24 from the charity stripe, while fifth-seeded Northern Heights was just 9 of 14.
Junior MacKenzie Suderman scored 17 points and hauled in eight rebounds to lead Moundridge. Sophomore Michelle Schrag added 10 points.
Northern Heights (19-4) was led by sophomore Lakin Preisner, who scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Moundridge (21-3) trailed 13-8 after the first quarter, but was resurgent in the second quarter and outscored Northern Heights 19-9 before halftime.
The trend continued after the break and Moundridge led 39-27 going into the final quarter.
No. 2 SMITH CENTER 61,
No. 7 SEDAN 35
It didn’t take Smith Center too long to take control of the Blue Devils Thursday.
The Lady Red had a 13-point after the first quarter and led by 26 going into halftime, as second-seeded Smith Center eased past No. 7-seed Sedan 61-35.
Smith Center’s defense came away with 22 Sedan turnovers — 16 from steals.
Senior Sydney Benoit scored a game-high 20 points for Smith Center. Senior Alexis Ryan added 12, while junior Cobie Decker and senior Trenna Cox scored 11 points apiece.
Junior Kaiman Smith led Sedan with 10 points, while junior Paula Powell added seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.
No. 3 STERLING 63,
No. 6 REPUBLIC CO. 47
A strong first half carried No. 3-seed Sterling to a 63-47 win over sixth-seeded Republic County.
The Black Bears held a five-point advantage after the first quarter and really got going in the second period when they outscored the Buffaloes 18-9.
The big quarter gave Sterling a 33-19 cushion at halftime.
Sterling freshman Kylah Comley — who is just 5-foot-3 — was 7 of 8 from the field for a game-high 15 points. Senior Danielle Dowell added 11 points and seven rebounds. Sophomores Andria Dowell and Chelsey Riffel tallied 10 points apiece in the win.
Senior Lashae Hedstrom led the way for the Buffaloes with 13 points, going 6 of 8 from the free-throw line. Senior Kiara McCall added 10 points for Republic County.