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Lady Cadets to face O-C Lady Knights in conference finals tomorrow in Columbus

February 01, 2019

Lady Cadets to face O-C Lady Knights

in conference finals tomorrow in Columbus

By Darian Repschlaeger

            Tomorrow night, the West Point-Beemer Lady Cadets will compete in the East Husker Conference championship game. WPB will face the Oakland-Craig Lady Knights starting at 6:00 at f.Beemer reigned as Conference Champs dates back to 1990; they defeated Lyons-Decatur to win the title.

            Last night, the semifinal games were held in Oakland. This was a very special night; the four teams left in the tournament had a combined 66-5 record. These four teams included the #1 seed Oakland-Craig, #2 seed West Point-Beemer, #3 seed Clarkson-Leigh, and #4 seed Humphrey-Lindsay Holy Family.

            The Lady Cadets faced Clarkson-Leigh in the first game of the night. The Cadets started off strong, leading 18-9 after the first quarter. They outscored Clarkson-Leigh every quarter and won, 54-34.

Senior Sierra Kile led all scorers with 25 points, hitting 5 three pointers and a perfect 8 for 8 from the three point line. She also grabbed 9 rebounds.

            Senior Andrea Hoffman added 13 points, scoring 8 in the first quarter and 10 in the first half..

            A huge factor in the Lady Cadets’ success is their tenacious defense.

            On Monday, the Lady Cadets faced the North Bend Tigers in the quarterfinal game. It was a hard-fought battle until the very end, but WP-B came out on top 46-40.

            Sophomore Sidney Swanson led the Lady Cadets with 15 points followed by Senior Brooke Haase and Kile with 12 points each.

            According to Head Coach Taylor Shepard, Haase played one of her best games all year. She said, “Brooke held their best scorer Lauren Emanuel scoreless in the first half which is a testament to how hard she worked on defense.”

Shepard added, “As we’ve entered into Conference tournament play, we’ve really focused on our defensive pressure. That led to success against both North Bend and Clarkson-Leigh as we were able to hold their best players well below their averages.”

Last Friday marked the beginning of the East Husker Conference tournament for girls’ basketball teams in the area. With the West. Point-Beemer Lady Cadets as the second seed, they had a bye the first round.

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