Overton to play for title
Lincoln-Despite battling heavy foul trouble and the defending state champion the Overton Eagles found a way to knock off Howells-Dodge on Friday morning 41-39 in the Class D1 state semifinals. Hayden Cahoy hit a 17 footer with one second left to win it for the Eagles. Overton jumped out to a 7 point lead in the first half, only to see Tanner Ryan and Caleb Ecklund get into foul trouble in the second quarter. That allowed the Jaguars to go inside as they led 23-21 at the half.
In the second half, the game turned into a defensive battle as points were hard to come by. Overton limited Howells-Dodge to just 23 percent shooting for the game. In the fourth, Overton's Joel Shafer scored the first five points of the quarter to help the Eagles out to a six point lead. Howells-Dodge would counter and eventually tie the game with ten seconds left as Jesse Faltys hit a 23 foot three pointer to tie the game. Overton inbounded the ball and Cahoy took it up the near side line, he got to the right elbow and then delivered the game winner. Shafer led Overton with 15 points, Cahoy scored 14 as they were the only Eagles to be in double figures. Howells-Dodge was led by Luke Hegemann who scored 18. Overton improves to 24-4 and will play Randolph for the State title on Saturday morning at 11am. The Eagles have never won a state title in boys basketball.
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