LINCOLN – In just its second state tournament appearance in school history, the Oakland-Craig girls basketball team squared off with Ponca in the opening round of the C2 bracket at Southwest High School on Thursday, as heard on 107.9 The Bull.
The Knights hit five three pointers in the first quarter, including three in a row to end the period, and took a 17-5 lead into the second.
Ponca came out strong in the second quarter, outscoring the Knights 15-14, but it was Oakland-Craig leading at halftime 31-20.
Ashley Denton connected on five shots from three point range in the first half for 15 points.
Ponca again came out strong in the third quarter and cut the deficit to just two points, but Oakland-Craig caught fire toward the end of the frame, thanks in part to Dacey Nelson scoring 14 points in the quarter. The Knights led 50-38 after three.
Ponca made one more run in the fourth, but Oakland-Craig was able to stay on top and pull away for the 59-47 victory.
Nelson ended up with 25 points on the game, to go along with 15 from Denton and 11 from Kennedy Benne.
The Knights improve to 22-3 on the season and will meet Hastings St. Cecilia in the semifinals Friday afternoon at 2:00 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The game will be broadcast on 107.9 The Bull.