LINCOLN — Giltner's reign on the capital city has ended.
After winning six consecutive state tournament games and earning two straight Class D-2 state titles, the Hornets hit a road block in a 55-40 loss to second-seeded Wynot in the first round of the D-2 tournament Thursday at Lincoln High.
After a sluggish first half that saw the Hornets manage just 13 points heading into the locker room, the Giltner offense came alive in the second half and moved fans to the edge of their seats in a wild fourth quarter.
Seventh-seeded Giltner cut the deficit down to just five twice in the fourth quarter. Midway through the period, senior Dylan Hinrichs and sophomore Jared Hastings hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the Blue Devil lead to 42-37.
But Giltner head coach Matt Drew said afterward that felt that his team didn't have Wynot right where it wanted at that point, and he was right.
With the assistance of the free-throw line, Wynot (23-3) closed the game on a 10-0 run to move on to today's semifinals.
"We just wore out and the shots quit falling," said Drew, whose team finished the season 21-5. "That second half got into chaos, and we just kind of had to do whatever."