Kenesaw continues trek to D1 title, perfection

The Kenesaw fans cheer loudly for their boys basketball team on March 9, 2018, at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. (KHGI)

The Kenesaw Blue Devils are one victory shy of becoming the only undefeated team in the state of Nebraska, boys or girls, in the 2017-18 season after beating Heartland 47-39 in a D1 semifinal.

"We had to have some breaks along the way," head coach Jack Einrem said. "Every team that (goes undefeated) does, and we don't feel bad about that."

Kenesaw, who improved to 28-0 this year, stole the show behind their defense. Giving up a total of 13 points to Heartland in the second and third quarter, the Huskies were limited to the lowest scoring output of the season by 10 points. In fact, they were held to fewer than 50 only twice all season.

Will Gallagher became the go-to-guy in the low scoring affair with the Huskies. The 6'6 senior Blue Devil scored 18 points behind his eight field goals with four in each half.

John Schuster added a critical seven points off the bench for Kenesaw, all in the second quarter, and was the only non-starter to score for the Blue Devils.

Heartland relied heavily on Lane Huebert in the first half by scoring 12 of the 18 Huskie points. He finished his day with 15. Hayes Oswald came off the bench and scored three triples in the fourth quarter, but the deficit was too great for the Huskies to overcome.

The Blue Devils play Lourdes Central Catholic for the D1 state championship, Saturday, 11 a.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

"It's a great task ahead of us. They're a great basketball team. A lot of people have counted us out all year long and we've prevailed, so we're going to give it a shot," stated Einrem.

Heartland can still capture its first third place banner by beating Johnson-Brock, Saturday at Lincoln East, 1 p.m.

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