GRAND ISLAND — A fourth-quarter scoring drought and Palmer's ability to get to the free-throw line derailed Silver Lake's state tournament bid in Friday's Class D-1, District 2 championship game.
The Tigers broke open a tie game with an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter and outscored the Mustangs 18-6 at the free-throw line on their way to a 55-51 victory at Grand Island Central Catholic High School. Palmer finished 18-of-29 from the foul line, led by guard Emilie Wolfe, whose 15 free-throw attempts were four more than Silver Lake shot as a team.
"Palmer attacked the basket very hard and we didn't move our feet well at times," said Silver Lake coach Keith Crowe, whose team was whistled for 21 personal fouls compared to 13 for Palmer. "As a result, we got called for some fouls. They're a quality ballclub. They've got good guards and good post players inside and they're tough to stop."