Mullen gets first ever State tournament win

LINCOLN, Neb. (KNOP) - North Platte, Maywood-Hayes Center, and Mullen girls' basketball all competed at the State tournament on Thursday.

Mullen and BDS girls' basketball shake hands prior to their round one game in the State tournament. (Credit: Sam Pirozzi/KNOP-TV)

The Wolves played Archbishop Bergan at Lincoln Southwest. The Knights jumped out to a lead after one quarter, and led 23-15 at the half. The Knights outscored the Wolves in each of the last two quarters to win 44-30.

Jaycee Lapp led the Wolves with eight points, Ashlin Broz and Avery Johnson were behind Lapp with six each.

In the afternoon, North Platte played Lincoln Pius X at Pinnacle Bank Arena for the first round of Class A. Gracie Haneborg had 12 points in the first quarter alone for the Bulldogs, but they still trailed by nine after one, and 17 at the half. Alexis Markowski caused problems for the Bulldogs down low, scoring 29 points in the game, as the Thunderbolts rolled to a 60-44 victory.

Haneborg finished with 26 points. Callie Haneborg had eight, and Abby Orr had seven in the loss.

The final game of the night featured Mullen and BDS, meeting for a second straight year in the D2 first round, which the Eagles won in 2019. The Broncos jumped out to an early lead, and didn't look back, leading 23-16 at the half, and winning 60-54.

The win over BDS is the first ever State tournament for the Mullen girls team ever. Samantha Moore had 27 points in the win, and Taylor Svoboda added 15 points. The Broncos advance to play Humphrey-St. Francis on Friday. The semi-final game will be at the Devaney Center, and will tip-off around 3:45 p.m. central.