LINCOLN -- Riverside gave No. 2 Humphrey St. Francis one of its toughest games of the season in the semifinals of the Goldenrod Conference Tournament earlier in the season.
When the teams met Thursday in the opening round of the Class D-2 girls state basketball tournament, the Flyers (25-2) made sure it didn’t happen again.
St. Francis dominated the seventh-seeded Chargers (14-12) in a 68-41 victory, the Flyers third over Riverside this season.
Riverside knew all about Telegram Super Senior Logan Wemhoff and star freshman Allison Weidner from the earlier meetings, but the Chargers still had no answer for the duo, which combined to outscore Riverside.
Wemhoff scored a game-high 26 points, including 20 in the second half and Weidner added 16 points.
Everything was working for St. Francis Thursday. Sydney Engel, who came into the game having scored 13 total points this season, chipped in six points.
The teams traded baskets to open the game, but St. Francis quickly established itself as the better team. The Flyers scored the final 13 points of the period to take a 15-2 lead into the second quarter behind a balanced offensive attack. Tara Foltz and Allison Weidner scored four early points in the run.
Riverside bookended the second quarter with small runs to not let the game get totally away from it. The Chargers scored the first five points of the period and the final seven of the half.
But St. Francis went on an 11-0 run in between, highlighted by a pair of steals and coast-to-coast layups by Weidner, who scored eight points in the first half. Wemhoff added six points.
The Flyers extended its lead to as big as 30-9, but had to settle for a 30-16 lead at the break.
Wemhoff and Weidner continued to pound the Chargers in the third quarter. The senior-freshman tandem combined for 10 of the Flyers’ points in a 12-0 run to open the period, giving St. Francis a 42-16 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Flyers carried a 52-23 lead into the final period.
St. Francis scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to take its biggest lead of the game, 58-23, before starting to filter in the reserves.
The Flyers advance to play No. 3 Exeter-Milligan (22-6) Friday at 8:45 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln.