Gretna dealt a double dose of district disappointment Saturday to Omaha Gross, ending the seasons for the Cougars' boys and girls basketball teams.
The Dragons' boys, who led 14-1 after one quarter, defeated Gross 67-55 in a District B-2 first-round game after their girls beat the Cougars 55-33 for the B-2 girls title.
Both games were in the Omaha Northwest gym, where the B-2 boys semifinals will be played Monday. Gretna plays Elkhorn South at 6 p.m., followed by Ralston-Omaha Skutt at 8.
Gretna's boys paid back Gross for Tuesday night's 60-54 loss at Gross. The Cougars didn't score from the field until a basket by Joe Coenen with 6:13 left in the first half. Before that, their output was two free throws from Coenen.
“We were more physical on the glass tonight, were more aggressive and played with a lot more intensity,'' Dragons coach Brad Feekin said.
He said he thought Gretna forced Gross into taking tough shots in the opening drought, but Gross coach Tim Powers disagreed.
“I didn't think we took one bad shot early on,” he said. “But we were only getting one shot at a time. They kept getting second and third shots, and they were using defense to start their offense.”
Mitch Drey, with 19 points, led four Gretna players in double figures. Michael Johnson had 16 points, sixth man Jacob Batenhorst had 14 and Trevor Leiting 10.
In a foul-filled final quarter, No. 7 Gretna (15-7) made 23 of 29 free throws while scoring 29 points.
“They don't take many bad shots,'' Powers said. “They're the most difficult team to play from behind.”
Jacob Hansen led the No. 6 Cougars (15-9) with 13 points. Cragin Missak made four of his five 3-point attempts in the second half for 12 points and Zach Knicky had 11.
Omaha Gross (15-9)............................11 11 6 27—55
Gretna (15-7).......................................14 8 16 29—67
OG: James Lebeda 7, Jacob Hansen 13, Zach Knicky 11, Joe Coenen 8, Cragin Missak 12, Nick Wonder 1, Tommy Hamilton 3.
G: Trevor Leiting 10, Nathan Skrdla 3, Michael Johnson 16, Mitch Drey 19, Zach Stover 2, Jordan Batenhorst 14, Jackson Kallman 3.
Girls District B-2 final
Gretna 55, Gross 33
Gretna held the Cougars to six points in each of the first two quarters while building a 35-12 halftime lead.
“We were out of sync all night long,'' said the Rev. Steve Emanuel, the Gross coach. “We imploded.”
Gretna (22-3), which took third at state last year in Class B, unofficially will be the fourth seed for Thursday's first round and play wild-card team Norris (17-6) at 10:45 a.m. at Pershing Center.
Had Gretna lost Saturday, it would have taken the wild card from its fellow Eastern Midlands Conference school.
Mary Janovich, a 5-foot-8 junior, had 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half for the fifth-ranked Lady Dragons. They also got 14 points from 5-9 junior Jamie Schuetz and 12 from 5-6 senior Megan Kruse.
Julie Olechoski, one of only three seniors on the Gross roster, had a team-high 17 points, but only three other players scored for the Cougars.
Kayla Johnk, who had 24 points when Gross lost to Gretna 44-38 in early December, went scoreless in the rematch. “We never let her get going,'' Gretna coach Jerome Skrdla said.
Emanuel said No. 9 Gross (18-7) didn't execute well against the Gretna full-court pressure or the zone defense the Dragons dropped into after grabbing an early double-digit lead.
Gross, which was in its first district final in six years, finished with the most wins since its 1990-91 Class A championship season.
“This team has set the bar high,'' Emanuel said. “I know people will have high expectations for next year, but we lose two important seniors.”
Omaha Gross (18-7)...............................6 6 12 9—33
Gretna (22-3).....................................18 17 11 9—55
OG: Julie Olechoski 17, Joelle Overkamp 7, Renee Lohaus 3, Alex Opperman 6.
G: Mary Janovich 18, Jamie Schuetz 14, Megan Kruse 12, Madison Miller 7, Maren Soupir 2, Madison Meadows 2.
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