Lindsay Holy Family appeared to have one of the toughest district final assignments in Class D2, facing #2 rated Giltner, which entered the D2-2 contest with a sterling 22-1 record.
Holy Family held the Hornets to a season-low point total on 37 percent shooting and forced 20 turnovers to key a 44-33 upset victory and earn a berth in the 2011 Nebraska Boys State Basketball Championships tournament.
The teams will do it all over again Thursday in Lincoln, as Holy Family (16-6), seeded #8, will face top-seeded Giltner (22-2) at Lincoln High School (7 p.m.).
The Bulldogs will hope they can once again clamp down with a “dogged” defensive effort similar to what carried them to the district championship.
Neither squad was able to generate much offense in the opening half last week, Holy Family holding a 14-12 edge at intermission. A 6-3 start to the second half gave the Hornets a brief 18-17 advantage before Holy Family used an 8-2 run to close the third period.
The Bulldogs then held Giltner scoreless for the first four minutes of the final stanza while building a 31-20 lead. The Hornets never came closer than eight points after that as Holy Family sank 9-of-14 free throws down the stretch.
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