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Creek Valley advances to first District Final with 36-29 win over Potter-Dix

SIDNEY, Neb. - After playing the semifinal games in the Sidney Middle School gymnasium, the Class D2 District 12 Sub-Districts Championship Thursday night moved down the hall to the Cabela’s Athletic Facility in Sidney High School. With an opportunity to advance to a District Final, and keep their hopes alive for a trip to Lincoln and the Girls State Basketball Tournament, the top-seed Potter-Dix Lady Coyotes (17-2, 6-0 D2-12) and second-seeded Creek Valley Lady Storm (11-8, 4-1 D2-12) met for the second time this season.

The first game between the two schools took place back on December 8 in Potter with the Lady Coyotes taking a ten-point win, 35-25. But, Creek Valley entered Thursday’s championship on a six-game winning streak and wanting to knock off the two-time defending Sub-Districts Champion.

In the earlier matchup, it was a fast start that allowed Potter-Dix to get the victory as they led at the end of the first quarter 16-0. In the opening minutes Thursday, it seemed destined to play out the same way as the Lady Coyotes went on a 5-0 run to take an early lead.

Creek Valley, however, answered right back and then some going on a 12-0 run of their own spanning the end of the first and early second quarter. Potter-Dix made just one basket from the field in the second, a two-point bucket from senior Payge Hoffman, yet kept their defensive intensity highlighted by several blocks from another senior, Trinity Langley. By halftime, the Lady Storm held a five-point advantage, 14-9.

The second half saw both teams gain traction offensively as senior Audrey Juelfs started to find her shot in the third quarter putting up seven, while Creek Valley used a more balanced approach with three different players scoring in the frame. Heading to the final eight minutes of regulation, the Lady Storm held a narrow 22-18 lead.

Potter-Dix kept chipping away at the lead as the clock continued to tick away. Another strong seven-point quarter from Juelfs kept the Lady Coyotes within striking distance and the one-seed finally tied the game again at 29 in the final minutes. From there, though, Creek Valley ended the game on a 7-0 run with two sisters, senior Payje Misegadis and freshman Jersie Misegadis, knocking down two free throws each in the final seconds to clinch the first District Final appearance for the Lady Storm with a 36-29 win.

P. Misegadis shared co-player of the game honors with her cousin, Langley for Potter-Dix, finishing with a team-high 13 points and four assists, while also pulling in seven rebounds, unofficially. Despite putting up only four points in the game, Langley was active elsewhere recording, unofficially, seven rebounds, six blocks, four steals, and two assists.

Juelfs led all players in the game with 18 points and the other seven came from P. Hoffman for the Lady Coyotes as they dropped their first game against a district opponent in three years, the last being against Sutherland in February 2015.

Creek Valley finished with a balanced offensive attack as junior Jordyn Koenen totaled eight points, J. Misegadis had six, five came from senior Sami Schmid, and the other four being recorded by freshman Mariah Koenen.

The Lady Storm now advance to take on the winner of the Class D2 District 11 Sub-Districts, the Hyannis Lady Longhorns (19-2, 5-0 D2-11), next Friday, February 23, at 6:00 at Bridgeport High School. Both teams played in the season opener on December 1 with Hyannis winning in Chappell, 62-34. If Creek Valley wins, they’ll advance to the Girls State Basketball Tournament for the first time in the consolidated school’s history. The last state tournament appearances for either Chappell or Lodgepole was 1999 for Lodgepole and 1996 for Chappell.

As for Potter-Dix, they’ll be in wait-and-see mode as the Lady Coyotes currently sit at seventh in the Class D2 Wildcard Standings, according to the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) website. Depending on the results of next Friday’s District Finals, Potter-Dix could still end up in the state tournament based on their wildcard standing.



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