Published Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:22 am
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Class A, B girls state capsules

Class A

BELLEVUE EAST CHIEFTAINS (19-5)
Coach: Scott Jensen
W-H rank: Fifth
Scoring averages: 62.0-43.9
Conference: Metro
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Peyton Hagen, 5-8, Jr., 10.7, 4.8
Amaun Frazier, 5-4, Jr., 9.4, 2.7
Taylor Silva, 5-5, Sr., 9.2, 4.3
Rylie Cascio Jensen, 5-9, Fr., 7.8, 3.7
Haley Ourada, 5-11, Jr., 4.0, 4.9
Tournament history: Seventeenth appearance and third in a row; three-time state champion, most recently in 2011; three-time runner-up.

BELLEVUE WEST THUNDERBIRDS (25-1)
Coach: Marc Kruger
W-H rank: First
Scoring averages: 63.4-41.2
Conference: Metro
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Kate Liveringhouse, 6-1, Jr., 13.7, 7.8
Madi Braun, 5-8, Jr., 13.6, 2.3
Chloe Akin-Otiko, 5-8, Fr., 7.5, 2.8
Annie Szczepaniak, 5-11, Sr., 7.1, 4.3
Elisha Cobbs, 5-6, Sr., 5.5, 2.5
Tournament history: Eighth appearance and first since 2011; three-time state champion, most recently 2010; runner-up in 2011.

LINCOLN NORTHEAST ROCKETS (17-6)
Coach: Steve Bartek
W-H rank: Eighth
Scoring averages: 51.8-41.3
Conference: Heartland
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Toni Tupper, 6-3, Jr., 11.6, 7.7
Tantashea Giger, 5-7, So., 9.5, 3.3
Morgan Ewing, 5-9, Jr., 8.6, 4.6
Devin Edwards, 5-7, Sr., 6.6, 2.6
Shaneequah Watkins, 5-8, So., 6.3, 4.9
Tournament history: Fourteenth appearance and second in a row; state champion in 2005; two-time runner-up.

LINCOLN SOUTHEAST KNIGHTS (21-3)
Coach: Kara Graham
W-H rank: Sixth
Scoring averages: 65.2-38.8
Conference: Heartland
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Jessica Shepard, 6-3, So., 24.4, 10.5
Alexa Kastanek, 5-9, Sr., 15.9, 6.3
Alexa Haas, 5-2, Sr., 8.9, 2.8
Reanne May, 5-9, So., 6.4, 1.8
Maddy Everett, 5-8, Jr., 4.0, 2.8
Tournament history: Twenty-seventh appearance (most of any school) and 14th in a row; nine-time state champion, six-time runner-up.

MILLARD NORTH MUSTANGS (20-5)
Coach: Scott Persigehl
W-H rank: Second
Scoring averages: 59.7-43.2
Conference: Metro
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Taylor Bahensky, 5-8, Sr., 15.5, 3.4
Mary Dineen, 5-7, Sr., 15.0, 1.8
Holly Hild, 5-8, Jr., 9.1, 3.8
Kenae Merritt, 5-5, Sr., 5.7, 1.2
Allie Swanson, 6-2, Sr., 5.6, 6.7
Tournament history: Thirteenth appearance and first since 2009.

MILLARD WEST WILDCATS (22-4)
Coach: Kip Colony
W-H rank: Third
Scoring averages: 62.4-44.8
Conference: Metro
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Samantha Waldron, 5-11, Jr., 15.5, 6.3
Marisa Lowe, 6-0, So., 9.8, 2.8
Dani Saenz, 5-6, Sr., 9.8, 2.2
Brooke Savage, 5-8, Jr., 8.7, 4.7
Kate Suelter, 5-9, Jr., 4.0, 2.8
Tournament history: Tenth appearance and first since 2011; state runner-up in 2008 and 2010.

OMAHA BENSON BUNNIES (16-7)
Coach: Jon Perone
W-H rank: Seventh
Scoring averages: 56.6-46.1
Conference: Metro
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Kianna Ibis, 6-0, So., 18.6, 13.8
Arbrieal Benson, 5-7, So., 10.6, 2.7
Montrese Weller, 5-10, Jr., 9.0, 5.7
Moneeka Robinson, 5-10, Jr., 4.0, 6.0
Octavia McGraw, 5-7, Jr., 5.2, 3.2
Tournament history: Fourth appearance and first since 1997.

OMAHA CENTRAL EAGLES (19-5)
Coach: Thomas Lee
W-H rank: Fourth
Scoring averages: 59.3-41.5
Conference: Metro
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Sylvia Smith-Gatson, 5-11, Sr., 13.3, 5.7
Sydney McGruder, 5-11, Sr., 9.9, 6.5
Paige Muhammad, 5-5, Sr., 8.3, 2.3
Abigail Niebrugge, 5-8, Jr., 7.2, 3.5
Megan Gamble, 5-6, So., 6.0, 3.8
Tournament history: Eleventh appearance and third in a row; three-time state champion, most recent 2012.

Class B

BEATRICE LADY ORANGE (19-2)
Coach: Ryan Luke
W-H rank: Second
Scoring averages: 51.1-39.6
Conference: River Cities
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Hanah Barnard, 5-7, Sr., 13.8, 2.6
Jill Faxon, 5-10, Sr., 11.2, 5.2
Chantel Adams, 5-7, Sr., 9.1, 2.7
Kimberly Higgins, 6-1, So., 6.2, 6.0
Taylor Osborne, 5-4, Jr., 3.6, 3.2
Tournament history: Tenth appearance and fourth in a row; three-time runner-up, most recently 2012.

GRAND ISLAND NW VIKINGS (22-3)
Coach: Mike Herzberg
W-H rank: Sixth
Scoring averages: 58.6-38.0
Conference: Central
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
McKenzie Brown, 5-11, Jr., 19.8, 7.4
Katie Placke, 5-11, Jr., 9.7, 5.4
Kaley Werner, 5-10, Sr., 8.6, 2.6
Erin Sorahan, 5-6, Jr., 8.0, 3.6
Kennadi Keezer, 5-9, Jr., 7.2, 4.3
Tournament history: Tenth appearance and second in a row; state champion in 1982.

GRETNA DRAGONS (22-3)
Coach: Jerome Skrdla
W-H rank: Fourth
Scoring averages: 54.6-40.2
Conference: Eastern Midlands
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Mary Janovich, 5-8, Jr., 15.3, 5.0
Justice Ross, 5-8, Sr., 10.2, 3.1
Jamie Schuetz, 5-9, Jr., 9.6, 5.7
Megan Kruse, 5-6, Sr., 6.9, 2.0
Madison Miller, 5-9, Sr., 4.5, 4.3
Tournament history: Twelfth appearance and second in a row; state champion in 2006; state runner-up in 2010.

HOLDREGE DUSTERS (18-6)
Coach: Trent Benjamin
W-H rank: Fifth
Scoring averages: 53.3-37.7
Conference: Central
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Rachel Jelden, 6-0, Jr., 18.6, 10.9
Maggie Nelson, 5-4, Sr., 11.0, 1.4
Jenna Gillespie, 5-3, So., 9.3, 3.9
Julianna Burr, 5-6, Jr., 5.7, 2.7
Jamie Isaacson, 5-11, Jr., 5.5, 5.1
Tournament history: Tenth appearance and ninth in a row.

MCCOOK BISON (21-4)
Coach: Jeff Ellis
W-H rank: Eighth
Scoring averages: 53.0-40.7
Conference: Greater Nebraska
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Brooklyn Trew, 5-7, Sr., 11.1, 4.2
Megan Ruppert, 5-7, Sr., 10.6, 2.9
Rachel Goltl, 5-8, Sr., 8.2, 3.2
Kassidy Gillen, 5-11, Sr., 7.0, 8.2
Brenleigh Daum, 5-8, Jr., 6.0, 3.1
Tournament history: Fourth appearance and second in a row.

NORRIS TITANS (17-6)
Coach: Mark Hagerman
W-H rank: Third
Scoring averages: 48.2-35.8
Conference: Eastern Midlands
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Kasey Hohlen, 6-2, Jr., 11.8, 10.6
Bridget Bucher, 6-1, Sr., 9.1, 5.8
Alix Bryant, 5-7, Sr., 6.9, 2.2
Kylie Hohlen, 5-8, So., 6.8, 5.0
Hannah Hoefler, 5-8, Sr., 5.6, 3.5
Tournament history: Seventh appearance and third in a row.

SEWARD BLUEJAYS (21-3)
Coach: Tom Tvrdy
W-H rank: First
Scoring averages: 55.4-36.5
Conference: Central
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Kourteney Zadina, 6-2, Sr., 15.6, 7.5
Hannah Tvrdy, 5-10, Sr., 15.5, 5.0
Taylor Seaman, 5-8, Sr., 7.8, 3.0
Lindsey Placke, 5-6, Sr., 6.1, 1.5
Anna Schulz, 5-7, Fr., 3.2, 1.6
Tournament history: Twelfth appearance and sixth in a row; four-time defending state champion; runner-up in 1997.

SOUTH SIOUX CITY CARDINALS (16-8)
Coach: Ashley O’Dell
W-H rank: 10th
Scoring averages: 59.0-54.0
Conference: River Cities
Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.
Morgan Hansen, 5-9, Sr., 15.1, 5.1
Jordan Closter, 5-8, Jr., 10.9, 3.2
Augusta Thramer, 5-7, Fr., 7.8, 5.0
Parese Greeley, 5-7, Sr., 7.8, 2.0
Audra Thramer, 5-9, Jr., 7.5, 4.7
Tournament history: Eighteenth appearance and first since 2010; 11-time state champion, most recently in 2008; runner-up in 1999.

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