Ravenna had a big second half on Thursday to beat North Platte St. Pat's 57-44 in the first round of the Class C2 girls' state basketball tournament at Lincoln North Star High School.Ravenna (22-4) will move on to the semifinals where they will play the winner of top seed and defending state champion Crofton (23-2) and Diller-Odell (20-4).
St. Pat's ends its season with a record of 21-4 with all four losses coming to state tournament qualifying teams. The Lady Irish's previous losses were two against Cambridge, the sixth seed in Class C2, and undefeated Kearney Catholic, who is seeded third in Class C1 and have already advanced to the semifinals after their first round win against Malcolm on Thursday.
The game between the Lady Irish and Ravenna was played tightly in the first half. St. Pat's led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter but Ravenna led 23-22 at halftime.
The Bluejays started to break out in the third quarter and they had a 36-27 lead going into the fourth. The final period was high-scoring and the Irish couldn't stop Ravenna, who was able to extend not only the lead but their stay in Lincoln in the fourth.
The Lady Irish were led by sophomore Kaleigh Kummer with 19 points. Sophomore Hayley Homan followed with nine in the loss.
Ravenna was led by Megan Miigerl with a game-high 29 points.
This year marked the fifth state tournament appearance in six years for the St. Pat's girls, who had never qualified before 2012. The Lady Irish also won the SPVA conference tournament
St. Pat's will graduate five seniors - Riley Nitsch, Amanda McClellen, Rebecca Pasquinelly, Jordyn Childears and Jessica Slattery -- from this year's team.
The Lady Irish should have their leading scorer, Kummer, as well as Homan, who was also a starter, back next season.