LINCOLN–(KFOR Feb. 28)–The return match between the Lincoln Southwest and Lincoln Southeast girls basketball teams on the state’s biggest stage Wednesday night lived up to its billing.

It came down to a pair of late free-throws from senior guard Kennadi Williams and good defense with seconds remaining for the No. 3 seed Silver Hawks to earn a 58-56 victory over the Knights at Pinnacle Bank Arena during the quarterfinal of the NSAA Class A Girls State Basketball Tournament, in a game heard on KFOR.

The Southwest victory gives the Silver Hawks a showdown with No. 2 seed Bellevue West in Friday’s 7:45pm Class A semifinal.  Plus, Silver Hawks head coach Tim Barada earned his 250th career coaching victory.

Southwest (22-3) saw an early 10-point lead in the first half erased when Southeast outscored the Silver Hawks 20-8 in the second quarter, behind three-pointers from Kya Branch and baskets from senior Chatrice Olds and 6-2 center Nyaluak Dak to give the Knights a 35-30 halftime lead.

But the Silver Hawks, who got 22 points from Eleanor Griffin, countered with a 16-4 run in the third quarter, which included an 11-0 run at the end to to take a 46-39 lead.

As the game tightened up to a two-point lead for Southwest in the fourth quarter, Emma Dostal connected on a three-pointer with 2:38 remaining for a 56-51 Silver Hawk lead.

Dak led all scorers with 23 points for Southeast, who finished the season with an 18-7 record.

LINCOLN NORTH STAR 46, MILLARD NORTH 31