LINCOLN, Neb. – The Lincoln Christian Crusaders scored 21 of their 38 points from the free throw line to down the Sidney Red Raiders 38-26 in the Class C1 Championship Game. 

LCS went up early 6-0 in the first quarter and held Sidney scoreless until 1:16 left in the first quarter. 

The Crusaders drew 24 Sidney fouls en route to making 21 of 36 free throws, which was the best thing working for LCS. 

Sidney never led in the game, and was denied their first state title in school history. 

LCS's Mattea Kassebaum made 15 free throws in 18 tries, which broke a Class C1 State Championship Game record. 

"We're all so excited, it's just incredible after last year," said Kassebaum. "None of us like losing, so we were all committed to getting better, so it just feels nice to accomplish that."

"When you're in a big-time environment, and you're in your third game in three days, your legs are tired," said Lincoln Christian Head Coach Scott Klein. "The best way to get points is to get to the free throw line, and hopefully you can knock them down. All the free throws we shoot in practice came today, and it was good to see."

Kassebaum led Lincoln Christian with 15 points, and Kayla Westby led Sidney with 9 points. 

 

SCORING LEADERS: 

LCS: Kassebaum 15, Jessa Hueser 12, Ailes 5, Annie Hueser 3, Maci Pittenger 3

Sidney: Westby 9, Ramsey 4, Black 4, Leeling 3, Dillehay 2, Schnell 2, Weinbender 1, Nesbitt 1

POINT TOTALS:

LCS: 8 - 8 - 17 - 5

Sidney: 5 - 4 - 6 - 11