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Saturday night tales from the hardwood

POSTED: December 10, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Lady Oilers’ Lindsay Woodmansee steals the basketball late in the championship game Dec. 10 in Lincoln. I/R photo by Mark McCoy.

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LINCOLN --- The Central Plains Lady Oilers easily upended a good, fourth-ranked 2A Lady Cardinals of Ell-Saline 44-36 basketball team to grab the championship of the Amos Morris/ George Stephens Classic Basketball Tournament in Lincoln Saturday.

The Lady O’s dominated the second half of the game with good rebounding, defense and passing--at times leading the Lady ‘Cards by as much as 15 points.

It was a physical game of basketball that sent two Lady Oilers to the bench late in the fourth quarter with injuries.

The Oilers grabbed their first win of the season over Ell-Saline in the game for seventh place.

The 3-ball shooting of the third-ranked 2A Plainville Cardinals allowed them to pull away from the Ellsworth Bearcats in the third quarter and win 62-48 in the championship game on the boys’ side of the tournament.

The ‘Cats had a short-lived lead early in the third quarter, but the buckets fell cold for Ellsworth even though it had plenty of shots. The ‘Cats did a good job on the defensive side of the court.

The Lady Bearcats got their second win of the season over Nickerson in the game for seventh place.

Read the stories about the Amos Morris/ George Stephens Classic Basketball Tournament and the championship wins of the Dragons and Lady Dragons at the Stockton Tournament in the Dec. 15 edition of the Ellsworth County I-R.

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