YORK – The season is over.
The 2018-2019 girls’ basketball run came to an end last Saturday in Lincoln as six state champions were crowned at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
There were also four third-place games played at Lincoln Southeast High School.
The only York News-Times’ area team to make the state tournament was the Fillmore Central Panthers in Class C-2.
Fillmore ended its season with a 23-6 record and ended up in fourth place at state and in the final Omaha World-Herald ratings.
Six of the area coverage teams finished their season with winning records, and one team other than the Fillmore girls ended up rated in the final rankings. That team was Exeter-Milligan, which was ninth in D-2.
Fillmore, Exeter-Milligan, Heartland and Centennial all made district finals with only the Panthers able to advance.
Fillmore will return its entire starting five for next season, along with a strong bench.
Cross County (15-11) has Erica Stratman and Cortlyn Schaefer, the team’s leading scorers, back for their junior years in 2019-2020.
York (10-13) also has a strong returning cast with both of their leading scorers, including Maddie Portwine, Natalia Dick and the area’s leader in rebounds per game – Masa Scheierman.
Centennial (18-7), Exeter-Milligan (19-6), McCool Junction (14-9), Hampton (6-15) and Heartland (13-10) will all have to replace some strong senior leadership heading into next year.
High Plains (4-15) and Nebraska Lutheran (7-13) hope that this year’s learning curve will benefit them next year.
Here are the team and individual leaders from the 2018-2019 season.