Thanks to the recent snowy weather, some schools had to wait an extra day to determine whether they'd be a part of this week's girls state basketball tournament.
But the last six district finals were played Saturday and the field is unofficially set for the tourney that begins Thursday in Lincoln. The official pairings will be released Sunday by the Nebraska School Activities Association.
The Class A field will include six of the seven schools that hosted districts. Defending champion Omaha Central and Millard West won their districts Saturday, and Omaha Benson — which lost 44-42 to the Eagles — should capture the only wild-card berth.
Other Class A tourney teams are top-ranked Bellevue West, Lincoln Southeast, Millard North, Bellevue East and Lincoln Northeast. The Rockets defeated Lincoln Southwest on the Silver Hawks' home court in the A-6 district final, denying Southwest a return trip to state.
In Class B, South Sioux City and Gretna captured district titles Saturday. Joining them are four-time defending champion Seward, Beatrice, Holdrege, McCook and wild-cards Grand Island Northwest and Norris.
The Class C-1 field was finalized Saturday after Kearney Catholic defeated Ainsworth 67-52 in the C1-5 district final. Also going to state will be Chadron, Fillmore Central, Wahoo, Norfolk Catholic, Lincoln Christian and wild-cards Minden and Pierce.
North Bend defeated Norfolk Lutheran 40-30 on Saturday night to complete the Class C-2 field. Other qualifying teams are undefeated Crofton, Hastings St. Cecilia, David City Aquinas, North Platte St. Patrick's, Sutton and wild-cards Hershey and Homer.
The Class D-1 field consists of Friend, O'Neill St. Mary's, Sutherland, Emerson-Hubbard, Palmer, Arapahoe and wild-cards West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic and Pender.
The tourney teams in Class D-2 are Lindsay Holy Family, Osmond, Deshler, Giltner, Wauneta-Palisade, Sandhills/Thedford and wild-cards Falls City Sacred Heart and Wynot.
Five teams will get a chance to defend their state titles — Central (Class A), Seward (B), Crofton (C-2), GACC (D-1) and Wynot (D-2). Defending C-1 champion Sandy Creek saw its season come to an end Friday night in a district final loss to Fillmore Central.
Teams that have been away the longest are Pierce (1995), Emerson-Hubbard (1996), Benson (1997) and Osmond (2000).
Lincoln Southeast will be making its 14th consecutive tourney appearance and its state-leading 27th trip to state. South Sioux City has won more titles than any other school with 11.
The state tournament begins Thursday at 9 a.m. at four sites in Lincoln — the Devaney Center, Pershing Center, Lincoln East and Lincoln Northeast. Semifinals will be played Friday at the Devaney and Pershing, and the six finals will be played Saturday at the Devaney.
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Unofficial state tournament pairings
Millard West (22-4) vs. Lincoln Northeast (17-6)
Bellevue East (19-5) vs. Lincoln Southeast (21-3)
Bellevue West (25-1) vs. Omaha Benson (16-7)
Omaha Central (19-5) vs. Millard North (20-5)
South Sioux City (16-8) vs. Beatrice (19-2)
Gretna (22-3) vs. Norris (17-6)
Holdrege (18-6) vs. Seward (22-3)
Grand Island NW (22-3) vs. McCook (21-4)
Kearney Catholic (24-2) vs. Norfolk Catholic (15-9)
Fillmore Central (24-2) vs. Wahoo (16-9)
Lincoln Christian (17-9) vs. Chadron (22-2)
Minden (19-4) vs. Pierce (20-4)
Hastings SC (21-4) vs. Sutton (18-7)
Hershey (20-4) vs. North Platte SP (22-3)
Crofton (24-0) vs. North Bend (20-5)
Homer (23-3) vs. David City Aquinas (20-4)
Pender (22-3) vs. Palmer (17-6)
Friend (20-3) vs. Emerson-Hubbard (17-6)
West Point GACC (22-3) vs. Arapahoe (22-5)
Sutherland (20-5) vs. O'Neill SM (22-2)
Sandhills/Thedford (20-6) vs. Falls City SH (23-4)
Osmond (17-2) vs. Deshler (23-3)
Wauneta-Palisade (18-6) vs. Lindsay HF (24-1)
Giltner (19-6) vs. Wynot (22-4)