LINCOLN — It was a special Thursday for the Giltner girls basketball program.
The No. 2-seeded Hornets (24-2) utilized an opportunistic defense and controlled the paint to earn their first win the state tournament in school history in beating No. 7 Crawford (16-8) 58-39 at Lincoln North Star.
The first win, though, wasn't exactly starling.
Giltner turned the ball over 26 times and missed half of its free throw chances, going 16-for-32 from the line. Head coach Nancy Lockmon said those are two areas her side must clean up heading into tonight's D-2 semifinal against No. 3 Sterling (19-7) at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
But, at least for one day, Giltner can celebrate.
"It's pretty important. It wasn't pretty, and we know that. But like I told the kids — it's a W and it's in the book," Lockmon said.