Giltner dream ends in semifinal

Drew Bippes (13) of Falls City Sacred Heart uses his left to score a basket in a D2 semifinal, March 9, 2018 (KHGI)

Giltner couldn't muster up enough offense against No. 1 Falls City Sacred Heart in a 42-27 loss to the Irish in a D2 semifinal.

"Our point for the entire year was to get down here in the state tournament and compete for a state championship," said first-year head coach Jordan Ortmeier. "We put ourselves in a situation where we came one win away from doing that."

The Irish offense was limited all night as well by the Hornets defensive presence, but getting the lid off the bucket nearly proved impossible for Giltner, who only once scored double digits in one quarter.

Trailing 25-11 in the third quarter, Giltner went on a 12-2 run to bring the deficit to four, 27-23. It was the closest Giltner would get the rest of the way with the Hornets being outscored 15-4 over the remaining 9-plus minutes.

Neither team was shooting very well from the field. Sacred Heart scored 20 of their 42 points from the free throw line. Giltner only had one field goal fewer than the Irish and actually equaled them from the field scoring wise with a couple of three pointers.

Drew Bippes led all scorers with 17 points on an 11 of 12 performance on free throws. Tyler Witt scored 14 for the Irish with five field goals.

Giltner's leading scorer was Josh Hinrichs with eight points and seven more from Beau Craig off the bench. The Hornets play for third place, Saturday at Lincoln East with a 3 p.m. tip.

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