Big second half leads Nemaha Central past Clay Center

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - After a sleepy first 16 minutes, Nemaha Central woke up in a big way en route to a double digit win against Clay Center Wednesday.

The Thunder scored more points in both the third and fourth quarters than the entire first half, enough to get past the Tigers 52-42 and advance to the 3A State semifinals.

They did all this despite attempting just 25 shots from the floor, a whopping 17 fewer than Clay Center, making 16 of those to shoot 64% for the game.

Clay Center lead for much of the first half, taking a four point lead to break in the only game of the day in Hutchinson to feature a lead change.

The Thunder came out of the locker room to the tune of an 8-0 run to take the lead, one that they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way.

Alleigh Kramer took over for Nemaha in the half, scoring all 16 of her points in the final two quarters to lead the way for the Thunder. Jacy Dalinghaus added 13 before fouling out late, shooting a near perfect 6/7 from the floor.

Next up for the Thunder is a date with Cheney set for 6:30 Friday in Hutch. It will be a battle of two number one teams in a sense. The Cardinals are the top ranked team by seed and record for the tournament, whereas the Thunder ended the season at the top of the KBCA poll for Class 3A.