COLUMBUS – The girls East Husker Conference basketball tournament championship was on the line when West Point-Beemer met Oakland-Craig on the campus of CCC in Columbus on Saturday.
West Point-Beemer got off to a quick start on offense, leading 15-9 at the end of the first quarter, and 31-26 at halftime.
Both teams struggle don offense in the third quarter, with the Knights held to just four points, and six for the Cadets.
Oakland-Craig made a strong push in the fourth quarter, scoring 20 points while coming back from a 43-32 deficit.
The Knights led 50-47 with 10 seconds left in the ballgame and West Point-Beemer had possession of the basketball. Sierra Kile hit a three pointer from the right wing as time expired to tie the game at 50-50 and force overtime.
The Cadets outscore Oakland-Craig 8-5 in the extra period 8-5, and West Point-Beemer went on to win it’s first conference title since 1990, 58-55.
The ending was not without controversy, however.
Oakland-Craig had the basketball with .9 seconds left, and threw a long inbound pass that was tipped and bounced once before landing out of bounds with .5 seconds left. After meeting at half court, the officials determined that the clocked did not start on time, and there there should not have been any time remaining, and determined that the game was over, preserving the final of 58-55.
Kile had 26 points to lead the Cadets with Sidney Swanson adding 19. Dacey Nelson led Oakland-Craig with 30 points and Kennedy Benne added 12.
The Cadets improved to 18-1 on the year while the Knights are now 17-2.