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The Black Rock senior high Lady Zebras leave for Harrison to compete in the 1A State Basketball Tournament. The team advanced to the second round before being eliminated by the Omaha Lady Eagles, 56-49.

Black Rock Lady Zebras end
run with second round loss at state

Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

The Black Rock Lady Zebras' Cinderella-like, late-season run came to an end Friday with a 56-49 loss to the Omaha Lady Eagles in the second round of the 1A State Basketball Tournament at Harrison.

The first quarter ended with the game tied 6-6, but Omaha outscored the Lady Zebras 17-5 in the second period to move out to a 23-11 lead at halftime.

Black Rock bounced back in the third quarter to cut Omaha's lead to 36-28 entering the final period. The Lady Zebras continued their comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, but could not overcome the Lady Eagles' advantage.

Senior Whitney Martin led Black Rock with 19 points, three rebounds and two steals. Stephanie Bagwell followed with 18 points, four rebounds and two assists. Ashley Stallings contributed four points, and Teri Aden notched three points and had two rebounds.

Jordan Fore added two points, four rebounds and two steals. Brittany Anderson had two points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals, and Bethany Erwin closed with a free throw and two rebounds.

First round

Black Rock opened play in the state tournament by defeating Nevada County 78-73 in a double-overtime thriller on Feb. 27.

Black Rock took an 11-10 first-quarter lead and held a slim 27-26 lead at the end of the second period.

The Lady Zebras played grueling defense in the third quarter and increased their advantage to 47-43 heading into the final quarter. Nevada County fought back in the fourth period and earned a 57-57 tie at the end of regulation play.

Each team scored eight points in the first overtime period and headed to a second extra session tied at 65-65.

Black Rock outscored the Lady Blue Jays 13-8 in the second overtime, including going a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line, to post the win.

Three Lady Zebras scored in double figures, led by Martin with 28 points, four rebounds and three assists. Fore had 14 points and three assists. Bagwell notched 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal.

Anderson chipped in seven points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Erwin recorded six points and three rebounds. Stallings had six points, three rebounds and an assist, and Aden closed with four points and a rebound.

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