LINCOLN – The Oakland-Craig girls basketball team lost an overtime thriller 72-68 to Hastings St. Cecilia in the semifinals of the Class C2 state tournament at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Action heard on 107.9 The Bull Friday.
The Knights jumped out to a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
HSC caught fire offensively in the second period, outscoring Oakland-Craig 20-10 in the frame, while taking a 30-22 lead into halftime.
The third quarter favored the Hawkettes as well, with HSC now leading 42-30 heading into the final quarter.
Oakland-Craig came to life in the final period, erupting for 27 points and even taking a lead for a short while.
HSC hit a three pointer with 9 seconds to go, giving them a 57-54 lead.
The Knights took the ball down to their end of the floor and called timeout with 3.6 seconds left in the game.
On the ensuing play, Dacey Nelson hit a three pointer as time expired to tie the game at 57-57, sending things into overtime.
Teams swapped leads a couple times early in the extra period, but HSC was able to make free throws when it counted, holding on for the 72-68 victory.
Nelson finished the game with 33 points for the Knights, including an 11-12 performance from the free throw line.
Kennedy Benne went 15-18 from the foul line to finish with 15 points, and Jeannina Blahak added 12.
As a team, Oakland-Craig finished 30-37 from the charity stripe.
The Knights are now 22-4 and will meet Fillmore Central for third place in C2 at Lincoln Southeast Saturday morning at 9:00.