The Nebraska School Activities Association has corrected a scoring error that occurred during the Class A Girls State Basketball Championship final on Saturday, March 1.
A second quarter field goal was inadvertently awarded by the NSAA to Lincoln Southeast forward Jessica Shepard. After a review of video, and scorebooks kept by Lincoln Southeast and Bellevue West high schools (the two teams involved in the championship game) the basket was actually scored by senior guard Alexa Kastanek, not Shepard.
“After looking at evidence presented to us, it was very clear that the field goal in question was scored by Alexa Kastanek and not Jessica Shepard,” said NSAA Assistant Director Jim Angele.
The correction leaves Shepard with 24 points for the game and 79 points for the three-game championship series. That is two points shy of breaking Maurtice Ivy’s 80-point performance for Omaha Central during the 1984 NSAA Girls Basketball Championships.
Kastanek will be credited with 16 points against Bellevue West. She concludes her NSAA State Championships career with 105 state tournament points to add her name to the state’s all-time tournament scoring chart. Shepard, a sophomore, has scored 111 points during six state tournament games the past two seasons to also join the NSAA’s all-time tournament scoring list.