- Published on 18 June 2012
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BEATRICE – The Southeast Nebraska All-Star Girls Basketball Classic Saturday night seemed more like the Southern Nebraska and Central conferences versus the rest of the state, but that wasn’t a bad thing.
Six SNC standouts led the West All-Stars to a 77-50 victory at the Southeast Community College Truman Center. The team was coached by Sandy Creek’s Russ Ninemire and Jeremy Borer and practiced for a single hour two nights before the game.
SNC representatives included Bridget Murkle of Wilber-Clatonia, Sydney Holtmeier from Tri County, Haley Gebers of Superior, Fillmore Central’s Heather Broman, Montana Hinrichs from Sandy Creek, and Tori Dreifurst, Centennial.
Add in Meridian’s Ashley Hansel and Charlee Johnsen from Friend and that’s three-fourths of the team.
“We had fluid motion and said we could not teach them everything we wanted to in an hour, so we told them, ‘Just be an athlete, we’ll give you a few guides, but otherwise just go out, play and have fun,’” Ninemire said. “Our one goal was no more than five passes before the ball better go up in the air. We were here to score, not to have a lackluster game.”
“That was part of our success because they were all excited to see if we (coaches) would get an all-SNC unit on the floor, which we did,” Borer said. “The Beatrice girls played with each other as had the Seward girls and that gave us a big advantage.
The West had an impressive 57 total rebounds — 36 defensive and 21 offensive.
“At halftime, we asked the girls if they were having more fun walking it up the court or pushing it,” Borer added. “In the second half we put in a lot of fast-tracking and running the floor and that’s when we got the big advantage.”
Johnsen tallied 11 points, including a three-pointer; Hansel had 3 points and 1 assist; Murkle added 2 points and 2 blocked shots, and Holtmeier scored 9 and had 2 assists.
For more on this story, see the June 20 print or e-editions of The Crete News.