Defending champions Sacred Heart cruise to sub-district victory

NEBRASKA CITY – The Falls City Sacred Heart girls basketball team had two players outscore Cornerstone Christian by themselves and the Irish began their state title defense with a 61-10 win in the Class D2-1 Sub-District semi-finals Tuesday at Lourdes Central Catholic High School in Nebraska City.

Freshman Danielle Bippes led all scorers with 12 points on 6-10 shooting. Sophomore Emily Werternberger shot 5-7 from the floor and finished with 11 points. Sophomore McKenzie Witt led the starters with 8 points. The Irish did not play their starters in the second half.

Head coach Luke Santo says it’s strange, but Sacred Heart is still not a finished product and they’re still looking to put together a complete game.

“We’ve looked good at times. I think our rebounding is going to be key down this stretch. I think our turnovers, we got to keep our turnovers down. Two weeks ago, that’s what cost us against Friend. This time of year you’re going to have to make shots. Hopefully, our outside shooting will be there in a big game.”

Sophomore Carissa Linse led the Cougars with 4 points.

The Irish (22-1) advance to Thursday’s sub-district final against Sterling. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Nebraska City Lourdes High School. The Jets defeated Lewiston Tuesday, 55-26.

Cornerstone Christian finishes their first season of varsity basketball in school history with a record of 1-14.

Sub-District Tournament Results and Updated Brackets:
Class B-1
Class C1-1
Class C1-2
Class C2-2
Class D1-1
Class D1-3
Class D2-1
All Classes

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