LINCOLN — Minden was given a tough draw in its opening contest of the Class C-1 girls state basketball tournament.
Fifth-seeded Pierce toyed with the fourth-seeded Whippets in the first half with deadly scoring runs that put the game away early, and the Lady Bluejays (21-4) advanced with a 59-36 thumping Thursday night at the Pershing Center.
Minden (19-4) fell behind 14-4 in the first quarter due to a pair of six-point runs by Pierce.
But near the end of the quarter, the Whippets made it a game — or more specifically, juniors Brooke and Jamie Kissinger did.
The twin sisters each hit a 3-pointer during a 9-0 Minden run that cut the Lady Bluejay lead to just 14-13 early in the start of the second quarter.
Then Pierce's defense locked down.
The Lady Bluejays used an 18-0 run to develop a 32-15 advantage at halftime, holding Minden to just one field goal and five points — all from Brooke Kissinger — in what would end up being a disastrous second quarter for the Whippets.