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Blue Devils will face a tough road if they want to repeat

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LINCOLN — The defending D2 State champion Lady Blue Devils enter the State finals as the fourth seed and battle No. 5 Lawrence Nelson at 10:45 a.m., Thursday.

Wynot (19-4) got there by virtue of a 54-13 drubbing of Crawford at Valentine in the District finals and are entering the climatic final weekend of the year coming off three straight postseason wins by a combined 143 points.

Lawrence Nelson (25-1) got here by way of a 43-13 win over Dorchester.

“Lawrence Nelson is a very nice team, very experienced,” Wynot head coach Steve Wiesler said. “They are kind of like us and they will most likely start five seniors. They have good perimeter shooters and play tough defense. They have good size and are fundamentally sound. It will be a good game.”

The win over Crawford was great for Wynot at least.

“It was close until we made a run late in the first and second halves,” Wieseler said. “Our full-court defense eventually got to them and we were able to continue to build the lead the second half. They have some good players, but they were a very young team and that showed up as the game went on.”

A very familiar foe will most likely await if Wynot gets past Lawrence-Nelson in the first round.

The Lady Devils are on the same side of the bracket as Falls City Sacred Heart. The two teams would meet up if they both earned first-round wins.

Wynot edged the Lady Irish to win last year’s state championship game. The two teams are perennial rivals at State.

The Irish are led this year by sophomore sensation Erison Vonderschmidt. She connected for 365 points so far this season and has yanked down a teamhigh 166 rebounds.