North Platte girls' basketball headed to State for first time since 2009

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - For the first time since 2009, the North Platte girls' basketball team will be headed to Lincoln for the State tournament.

North Platte's Abby Orr cuts down the net following the Bulldogs' 53-39 win over Millard West in the A-5 District championship game. (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

The Bulldogs defeated Millard West in North Platte Thursday, 53-39, to win the District A-5 championship game.

The first half was a defensive battle for both teams, with the Bulldogs leading 5-2 after the first quarter, and 24-10 at the half. The second half saw the Wildcats closing the gap, trailing only 35-25 after three, but the Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth for the 53-39 win.

The State tournament starts Thursday, Mar. 5 in Lincoln.