LINCOLN – Midnight set on Cinderella, and so too, the magic ran out for the Winnebago girls basketball team, as North bend Central ousted the Indians 60-40 in the C1 state semifinals at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday.
Winnebago had an incredible postseason run, upsetting then #1 Malcom in the District final just to earn a trip to the state tournament, and then knocking off #1 seeded Grand Island Central Catholic in the first round on Wednesday.
North Bend Central look liked a team on a mission to return to the state championship game, as the Tigers ran out to a 21-14 first quarter lead.
NBC allowed only six points defensively in the second period, and took a 32-20 lead into halftime.
The Tigers kept rolling after the intermission, outscoring the Indians 14-6 in the third quarter, with both teams scoring 14 in the fourth.
The final score favored North Bend 60-40.
Natasha Deal led Winnebago with 12 points.
Sydney Emanuel amassed 27 points for the Tigers, with Kaitlyn Emanuel adding 11.
Winnebago is now 16-11 on the season, and will play Lincoln Lutheran for third place Saturday morning at 9:00 at Lincoln Northeast.
North Bend Central is now 22-3 and moves on to defend their state title against Hastings St. Cecilia in the C1 championship game Saturday morning at 10:45 at PBA.