By Lisa Hughes
The Lady Hawks basketball team is heading to Lincoln next week for their fifth straight trip to the Nebraska State Basketball tournament after defeating the Leyton Lady Warriors in the D2-6 District title game Friday night in Bayard.
The Lady Hawks return to the state tournament as the Class D2 State Runners-Up.
Friday night, the Lady Hawks defense was tenacious as they held the Lady Warriors to just 17 points for the game. The Lady Hawks jumped out to an 11-4 first quarter lead and led the Warriors 15-6 at the half.
Defense again was the name of the game in the second half as the Lady Hawks held the Warriors scoreless for the first four minutes of the third quarter and increased their lead to eleven 21-10 at the end of the third.
The Lady Hawks went on in the fourth to put an exclamation point on the victory and the District Title by outscoring the Lady Warriors 11-7 for the 32-17 win.
The Hawks were led by Kelsey Kudrna who finished the game with 14 points and went over her 1000th point against Hyannis in the sub-district title game.
The Warriors were led by Rachael Ernest and Kelsey Waite with 4 points each. The Lady Hawks will enter the state tournament as the #8 seed and will take on Lindsay Holy Family at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, March 1 at Lincoln Southeast High School.
HS 11 44 66 11 ---32
Ley 4 2 4 7 -------17
Box Score: Kelsey Kudrna 14, Elizabeth Roberts 8, Michaela Metcalf 3, Steph Tlustos 3, Tauna Letcher 2, Kerisa Marx 2.