Nebraska high school girls state basketball players to watch, tournament information

Heading to the Nebraska high school girls basketball state tournament in Lincoln? The World-Herald News Service’s Mike Patterson and Stu Pospisil compiled the players to watch, tournament information and much more.

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Players to watch

Regan Alfs, BDS, 5-11, Jr., F: Averages 19.3 points and 11.4 rebounds.

Peyton Barrett, Weeping Water, 5-5, Jr., G: Averages 20.2 points.

Taya Beller, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, 6-2, Sr., C:Averages 14 points and 9.5 rebounds.

Charlotte Bovaird, Lincoln East, 5-10, Jr., F: Averages 14.1 points and is a dangerous 3-point shooter — seven treys in the district final.

Jaden Ferguson, Lincoln Southwest, 5-11, Sr., F: Leads the Silver Hawks in scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg).

Rylee Gray, Elkhorn South, 6-4, So., C: Averages 10 points and 9.4 rebounds for the Storm.

Jayme Horan, Millard South, 6-0, Jr., G/F: Leads the Patriots in scoring with a 22.6-point average.

Maddie Krull, Millard South, 5-11, Jr., G: The Patriots’ playmaker averages 15.6 points.

Quinesha Lockett, Omaha Benson, 5-8, Sr., F: Leads the Bunnies in scoring at 17.1 points per game.

Morgan Maly, Crete, 6-0, Jr., F: Averages 19.9 points and 8.5 rebounds.

Alexis Markowski, Lincoln Pius X, 6-3, So., C: Averages 13.5 points and 8.9 rebounds for the Thunderbolts.

Sydney McDermott, Omaha Skutt, 6-2, Sr., F: Averages 18.7 points and 7.3 rebounds for the SkyHawks.

Maddy Meehan, Elkhorn, 5-10, Jr., G: Averages 14 points and 10.5 rebounds.

Kalynn Meyer, Superior, 6-3, Jr., C: Averages 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Wildcats.

Dacey Nelson, Oakland-Craig, 5-7, Sr., G: Leads the state, averaging 26.7 points per game.

Ryley Nolin, Omaha Westside, 5-5, Sr., G: Came back from knee injury to lead the Warriors in scoring with a 15.6 average.

Taylor Peter, CWC, 5-11, Jr., F: Averages 20.2 points and 13 rebounds.

Josey Ryan, Papillion-La Vista, 5-10, Sr., G: Averages 14.4 points and leads the Monarchs in assists and steals.

Allison Weidner, Humphrey St. Francis, 5-8, So., G: Averages 19.8 points for the Flyers.

Keyana Wilfred, Mitchell, 6-2, Sr., C: Averages 18.5 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Tigers.


Pinnacle Bank Arena: Four Class A games and two Class B games Thursday. Parking available (fee charged) in downtown garages and lots and at the Haymarket Park festival lot.

Devaney Center: Two Class B games and four Class C-1 games Thursday. Parking available ($5) at Innovation Campus, two entrances off Salt Creek Roadway between 14th and 27th Streets.

Lincoln Southwest: Four Class C-2 games and two Class D-2 games Thursday. 14th Street at Pine Lake Road. Free parking.

Lincoln North Star: Four Class D-1 games and two Class D-2 games Thursday. Southeast of 27th Street and Fletcher Avenue. Free parking.

Later rounds

Semifinals Friday: Classes A, B and C-1 at Pinnacle; Classes C-2, D-1 and D-2 at Devaney. Finals Saturday: All at Pinnacle. Third-place games Saturday: Lincoln East for C-1, C-2, D-1 and D-2.


Adults $7, students $5

TV, Radio

News Channel Nebraska: All Thursday games at Devaney, all Friday games at Pinnacle. NET will show Saturday’s finals.

Omaha-Lincoln area radio — KOTK (1420/94.5, Omaha): Millard North, Millard South, Omaha Benson, Omaha Westside, Papillion-LV. KHUB/KFMT (1340/105.5, Fremont): Fremont Bergan, Wahoo, Wahoo Neumann. KFOR/KLMS (1240/103.3 and 1480/101.5, Lincoln): Lincoln Christian, Lincoln East, Lincoln Pius X, Lincoln Southwest, Waverly. KVSS (102.7, Omaha flagship): Pius X, Omaha Skutt, Hastings SC.

Eastern Nebraska: KBIE/KNCY (103.1/1600, Auburn/Nebraska City): Falls City SH, Sterling, Weeping Water, Nebraska City Lourdes. KEXL (97.5, Norfolk): Humphrey/LHF, Humphrey SF. KKOT (93.5, Columbus): Humphrey/LHF, Humphrey SF. KKYA (93.1, Yankton, S.D.): Crofton, Wynot. KLIR (101.1, Columbus): Columbus LV. KNEN (94.7, Norfolk): Elkhorn Valley. KTCH (104.9, Emerson): Ponca. KTIC (107.9, West Point): West Point-Beemer, Oakland-Craig. KAWL/KTMX (103.5/104.9, York): BDS, Seward, Fillmore Central. KUTT (99.5, Fairbury): Sterling, Crete, BDS. WJAG (105.9, Norfolk): Oakland-Craig, Elkhorn.

Central: KBRB (92.7, Ainsworth): North Central. KBRX (102.9, O’Neill): Ewing, CWC. KBRY (92.3, Sargent): Pleasanton, North Central, Mullen. KHAS (1230, Hastings): Hastings SC. KKJK (103.1, Ravenna): Grand Island NW. KKPR (98.9, Kearney): Pleasanton. KLIQ (94.5, Hastings): Adams Central, Blue Hill. KNLV (103.9, Ord): CWC, Ewing, North Central. KRFS (103.9, Superior): BDS, Superior. KXPN/KICS (1460, Kearney/1550, Hastings): all Saturday finals.

Western: KIOD (105.3, McCook): DC-Stratton. KNEB (94.1, Scottsbluff): Mitchell. KQHK (103.9, McCook): DC-Stratton. KSID (98.7, Sidney): Sidney. KZTL (93.5, Paxton): North Platte SP.

Tournament leaders


26.7: Dacey Nelson, Oakland-Craig (C-2)

22.6: Jayme Horan, Millard South (A)

20.2: Peyton Barrett, Weeping Water (D-1)

20.2: Taylor Peter, CWC (D-2)

20.0: Kalynn Meyer, Superior

19.9: Morgan Maly, Crete (B)

19.8: Allison Weidner, Humphrey SF

19.3: Regan Alfs, BDS

18.7: Sydney McDermott, Skutt

18.5: Keyana Wilfred, Mitchell (C-1)

18.3: Grace Cave, Weeping Water


17.9: Kalynn Meyer, Superior (C-2)

13.0: Taylor Peter, CWC (D-2)

11.4: Regan Alfs, BDS

10.5: Maddy Meehan, Elkhorn (B)

10.1: Hunter Wiebelhaus, North Central (D-1)

9.7: Jasmine McGinnis-Taylor, Westside (A)

9.7: Abby Kapels, Columbus LV (C-1)

9.4: Rylee Gray, Elkhorn South

9.1: Grace Frederick, DC- Stratton

By the numbers:

0 — Unbeaten teams: It will be the fourth year in a row without one. The last was Crofton in Class C-2 in 2015.

5 — Teams that won state titles in 2018: Omaha Westside (A), Elkhorn (B), Superior (C-2), North Central (D-1), Falls City Sacred Heart (D-2).

6 — Schools seeking a volleyball-basketball title sweep: Millard North (A), Omaha Skutt (B), Wahoo (C-1), Blue Hill (C-2), Fremont Bergan (D-1), BDS (D-2).

8 — Consecutive state tournament appearances by Sacred Heart, the most of any qualifier.

13 — Schools with teams in the girls and boys basketball tournaments, two more than last year.

17.9 — Rebounding average for junior Kalynn Meyer of Superior (C-2), the highest in the field.

23 — State tournament appearance by Sacred Heart, the most of any qualifier and tied for third all time.

26.4 — Average winning margin by Wahoo, best in the field.

26.7 — Scoring average for Dacey Nelson of Oakland-Craig (C-2), the highest in the field.

27.2 — Points allowed per game by Mullen (D-2), best in the field.

28 — Teams that also qualified in 2018, seven more than the previous year. Class A has seven back — Omaha Benson is the newcomer.

42 — Years between state tournament appearances for West Point-Beemer’s Cadets (C-1), who qualified for the first time since 1977.

62.4 — Scoring average for Humphrey St. Francis (D-2), best in the field.

.480 — Winning percentage for Class B Elkhorn South (12-13), the lowest in the field.

1,296 — Career rebounds for Superior’s Meyer. The state record is 1,349 by Chatrice White of Shelby-Rising City (2014).

52,141 — Paid attendance at the 2018 tournament.

D2: No. 4 Chambers/Wheeler Central vs. No. 5 Sterling

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Southwest High School

Radio: B103 (103.1 FM,

D2: No. 1 Sacred Heart vs. No. 8 Ewing

When: 10:45 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Southwest High School

Radio: B103 (103.1 FM,

D1: No. 2 Pleasanton vs. No. 7 Weeping Water

When: 2 p.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln North Star High School

Radio: B103 (103.1 FM,

C2: No. 3 Fillmore Central vs. No. 6 Lourdes Central Catholic

When: 8:45 p.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Southwest High School

Radio: B103 (103.1 FM,