Last night, the No. 2 Westside girls basketball team competed in the quarterfinal of state against Lincoln Pius X. They played at the last time spot at 8:45 since they were the two seed, which made it difficult for fans to come out to Lincoln on a school night.
Weidemann started off this game on fire, score 10 of Westside’s first 12 points. However, after Westside took a 12-2 lead, Pius X stormed back and scored 11 consecutive points ending the first quarter 13-12. Second quarter started off slow for the Warriors, as they couldn’t score a point until the midway mark of the second. Pius X took this opportunity to extend their lead to 17-12. Luckily, Westside made a great run at the end of the half to take the lead 22-19 going into the halftime. Weidemann had 20 of the Warriors’ 22 points, scoring more than the entire Lincoln Pius X team in the first half.
In the second half, both teams played a very competitive game. Westside extended their lead to as many as 6 points, but Pius X manage to tie it up late in the third at 31. At the end of the third quarter, Westside had a slim lead of 33-31.
The fourth quarter became very interesting early on, as Weidemann picked up her fourth foul in the first minute of the quarter. This forced coach Steve Clark to take her out, as they couldn’t afford to not have her in the final moments of the game. Pius X pounced on the opportunity, as they tied the game up at 35 and 37 in the fourth. Three minutes left in the game, Weidemann came back in and hit a huge left hand layup to take the lead. Then Leibel hit a massive three-pointer to give the Warriors a 5 point lead. When Pius X was forced to foul, Weidemann calmly stepped up to the line and hit her free throws to lock up the game. The final score of the game ended up being 47-41, Warriors.
Weidemann ended up with 26 points, while L. Fehr and Leibel followed up with 8 and 7 points respectively.
The girls basketball team will go to Pinnacle Bank Arena to take on No. 6 Lincoln Southwest tonight, March 2, at 8:45. The team who prevails will compete in the state final on Saturday against the winner of the Millard South and Lincoln East game.
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