Putting together a talent-heavy roster generally goes a long way toward producing deep postseason runs and claiming the hardware that goes along with winning state championships. However, there are no guarantees.
Sometimes the hardware is attained simply because the champion gets hot at the right time, sneaks up on the rest of the field and steals the show.
While the usual hombres are once again favorites to win it all in Nebraska, so long as they survive the chaos that is Nebraska girls district basketball, MaxPreps is taking a look at those Cornhusker State teams that are hot at the moment. Some of the names on our Nebraska Top 10 girls basketball winning streaks post won't surprise our readers — but some may.
While there are no unbeaten teams left in Nebraska, three girls round ball squads sport one-loss records in this week's Top 10, including Class D1 Pleasanton who is riding the state's longest winning streak of 21 games.
Class C1 power Mitchell has won 14 in a row to claim the No. 2 spot this week, while Hastings St. Cecilia and Bruning-Davenport/Shickley are tied for the No. 3 spot with 11 game winning streaks. Crofton and Humphrey St. Francis are tied for fifth this week with 10 game winning streaks.
Valentine's Day showed very little love to some of Nebraska's heavy hitters. Wahoo entered its C1-4 Subdistrict contest against crosstown rival Bishop Neumann clinging to the state's longest winning streak of 22 games, but fell to its rival 46-42. Blue Hill saw an 18-game winning streak snapped 65-37 to Hastings St. Cecilia, while Ponca fell to Hartington Cedar Catholic 46-45, snapping its 17-game winning streak.
Pleasanton, Mitchell and Hastings St. Cecilia have all made it through regular season and district play having suffered just one casualty on their record. Twelve girls basketball programs have won eight straight games, or more, to find a spot in our latest Nebraska Top 10 — and they are ready for the rip roaring postseason basketball fun coming their way at the end of February and hopefully into March.
On the first line we have provided the school, its won-loss record and the winning streak the school is currently on. The second line lists each school's MaxPreps Rankings as of Tuesday — locally and nationally – and the third line informs the reader which school handed the hot team its last loss and when.Nebraska's Top 10 girls basketball winning streaks1. Pleasanton (24-1) – 21 straight wins
Class D1 No. 2 | No. 35 Nebraska | 2,188th Nationally
Fell to South Loup 38-33, Dec. 82. Mitchell (23-1) – 14 straight wins
Class C1 No. 3 | No. 9 Nebraska | 926th Nationally
Fell to Superior 39-32, Dec. 293. (tie) St. Cecilia (Hastings) (22-1) – 11 straight wins
Class C2 No. 1 | No. 1 Nebraska | 147th Nationally
Fell to Northwest 53-48, Jan. 83. (tie) Bruning-Davenport/Shickley (Bruning) (20-4) – 11 straight wins
Class D2 No. 5 | No. 63 Nebraska | 4,182nd Nationally
Fell to Johnson-Brock 32-27 in the MUDECAS Tournament, Jan. 115. (tie) Crofton (20-3) – 10 straight wins
Class C2 No. 2 | No. 7 Nebraska | 798th Nationally
Fell to West Central (SD) 49-40, Jan. 105. (tie) St. Francis (Humphrey) (22-3) – 10 straight wins
Class D2 No. 2 | No. 45 Nebraska | 2,787th Nationally
Fell to Clarkson/Leigh 53-46, Jan. 117. (tie) Sacred Heart (Falls City) (22-3) – 9 straight wins
Class D2 No. 1 | No. 33 Nebraska | 2,013th Nationally
Fell to CJ-Jefferson (MO) 31-25, Jan. 157. (tie) Lincoln East (Lincoln) (18-5) – 9 straight wins
Class A No. 6 | No. 17 Nebraska | 1,222nd Nationally
Fell to Papillion-LaVista 82-77, Jan. 259. (tie) Seward (20-4) – 8 straight wins
Class B No. 1 | No. 2 Nebraska | 517th Nationally
Fell to Crete 50-34, Jan. 269. (tie) Fillmore Central (Geneva) (21-4) – 8 straight wins
Class C2 No. 3 | No. 23 Nebraska | 1,449th Nationally
Fell to Centennial 50-47, Jan. 24
9. (tie) Millard South (Omaha) (20-3) – 8 straight wins
Class A No. 2 | No. 6 Nebraska | 779th Nationally
Fell to Lincoln East 61-58, Jan. 269. (tie) Omaha Westside (Omaha) (21-4) – 8 straight wins
Class A No. 7 | No. 18 Nebraska | 1,233rd Nationally
Fell to Lincoln Southwest 51-36, Jan. 24