NSAA can’t control the weather — or the problems snow creates for state tourney teams

State tournament girls basketball teams in four of the six classes know exactly what’s ahead.

For Classes A and B, the waiting game will continue until Monday night.

The Omaha Public Schools’ decision to call off all weekend activities starting Friday afternoon delayed the A-4 district final between Omaha Benson and Lincoln East. The game was postponed until Monday at 4:30 p.m., leaving several teams in the lurch.

Nebraska School Activities assistant director Jon Dolliver said Saturday that the situation is an inconvenience that couldn’t be helped, once OPS made that decision.

“Every school district does what it feels is right for their kids,” he said. “I haven’t really heard from coaches complaining so I think they’re just waiting for things to play out.”

The lateness of the game — three days before the tourney starts Thursday — means the Spartans or Bunnies could potentially play four games in six days if either would reach the Class A final.

“I know that sounds really tough,” Dolliver said. “But I think if you asked either of those coaches, they’d be happy with that possibility.”

If East wins the district final, then Lincoln Northeast would be the Class A wild card. If Benson wins the game, then the host Spartans would snag the lone wild-card slot.

That last district final game also is holding up the Class B bracket. It can’t be officially determined because both East and Benson played Class B state tourney qualifier Elkhorn South, so the result could alter Class B wild-card points used to seed the field.

“I think most coaches can unofficially figure out who they’re going to play,” Dolliver said. “It’s just that nothing will be official in Class A or Class B until after that game is over.”

Dolliver added that it all goes back to the weather and its disruptive power this winter.

“There are so many things we can control,” he said. “But the weather isn’t one of them.”

He said the Class A and Class B brackets will be posted on the NSAA website immediately following that last district final.

“It’s bad enough to have this weather when we did,” Dolliver said. “But it would have been even worse if it would have come during the tournament.”

The three-day tournament will be held at four sites in Lincoln — Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Devaney Center, Lincoln Southwest and Lincoln North Star.

The state tournament field for Classes A and B:

Class A

Lincoln Pius X, Millard South, Lincoln Southwest, Omaha Westside, Papillion-La Vista and Millard North.

NOTE: If Lincoln East wins the A-4 district final Monday, the Spartans and wild-card Lincoln Northeast will go to state; if Benson wins, the Bunnies and wild-card Lincoln East will qualify.

Class B

Sidney, Waverly, Seward, Omaha Skutt, Crete, Elkhorn, Grand Island Northwest and Elkhorn South.

Nebraska prep girls basketball state tournament pairings for Classes C-1, C-2, D-1, D-2

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