Lady Wildcats rally, advance to district finals for 5th straight year

New Bloomfield will play for a district championship after beating Eugene on Thursday night. (Rod Smith/KRCG13)

NEW BLOOMFIELD --- One shot in the middle of the game can certainly mean a lot more than one shot in the middle of the game.

This one could not have been more in the middle --- and it could not have come at a bigger or better time for New Bloomfield.

After a sloppy and uninspired first half, Katie Kelly banked in an improbable running 15-footer at the first-half buzzer to pull the Lady Wildcats within 27-21 of the Eugene Lady Eagles in the Class 2 District 8 semifinals Thursday night.

New Bloomfield had never led and had trailed by as many as 12 points, so trailing by only six was a win --- and flipped the game in the opposite direction.

Coincidence that it flipped? Maybe.

Then again, maybe not.

The Lady Wildcats promptly dominated the Lady Eagles 18-4 in the third quarter to take charge on their way to a 57-51 victory, earning the program and coach Brett Craighead their fifth straight trip to the district finals.

Call them Kelly's Heroes, at least on this night.

"Momentum," Craighead said succinctly about the shot. "I thought that was really big for us, because something like that, you can really take as a positive going into the half. Especially since we had such a bad start."

No. 5 seed Eugene (16-11) had lost by 15 to top-seeded New Bloomfield (19-8) last month, but the Lady Eagles were determined not to let that happen again.

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