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Wynot celebrates is Class D2 championship on Saturday. (Jeremy Hoeck/Yankton P&D)
Crofton celebrates its Class C2 championship on Saturday. (Jeremy Hoeck/Yankton P&D)

BY JEREMY HOECK
jeremy.hoeck@yankton.net

Seedings?

What seedings?

Slotted No. 6 out of 8 teams in their class, the Crofton and Wynot girls’ basketball teams came away from their weekend trip to Lincoln, Neb. atop their respective classes.

Was it to be expected?

Probably not.

A week and a half ago, each team needed to win its district final to earn a trip to the Nebraska State Girls’ Basketball Tournament. A loss would have likely kept them out.

Instead, they both rolled in those finals, rolled into the state tournament and rolled through the competition — to a certain degree.

Those are where the similarities end.

In the case of Wynot, the Lady Blue Devils were the defending state champions in Class D2 and returned nearly everyone from 2011. Their dominating, full-court defense led you to believe Wynot probably had a good shot to repeat in Lincoln.

The Blue Devils had absolutely no problems winning in Thursday’s first round game (by 24 points) and Friday’s semifinal (by 20), setting up a championship game showdown with Howells — the defending Class D1 champs.

That’s where the blowouts ended, as Wynot needed overtime to win 50-47 late Saturday night. (And when I say late, I mean late…..the game didn’t get over until 11 p.m. And yes, I drove home immediately after).

The fact that the Blue Devils won a close game after not winning one all season (they won by an average of 40 points in the regular season) probably told more than anything.

Seedings?

What seedings?

In the case of the Crofton Lady Warriors, their run to the Class C2 championship game wasn’t exactly unexpected, but it was notable in that they narrowly won twice to set up Saturday’s final and beat the 1-2-3 teams along the way.

The No. 6 team in their class, the Warriors needed a basket from a freshman (Allison Arens) in the final seconds in overtime on Thursday and a strong finish to an otherwise sluggish game — 35-30 — in the semifinals.

Then, flipping the script from the Wynot weekend, Crofton rolled in the championship game, 41-28 over top-seeded Lutheran High Northeast. It was a little bit of revenge for the Warriors, who lost in last year’s title game to Homer.

I’ve never been one to actively or openly “cheer” for the area teams, other than that covering a state championship team certainly makes your 3-hour, 3-day trip worth the travel and expense.

But I will say that it was fun to watch a pair of No. 6 seeds play their way to a respective title.

Seedings?

What seedings?

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