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Clearwater-Orchard used a 12-0 run in the second half to build a lead that was too much for Neligh-Oakdale to overcome Thursday in the Niobrara Valley Conference semifinals.
The Cyclones won 67-55 to advance to the conference championship on Saturday at 8 p.m. in West Holt. Neligh-Oakdale will play in consolation at 4:30 p.m.
Clearwater-Orchard knotted the score at 38 in the third quarter in the midst of a huge run to steal the momentum. The Warriors eventually cut the deficit back to five but struggled to find its rhythm again offensively.
Back-to-back baskets by the Cyclones rebuilt the double-figure lead, forcing the Warriors to foul, which allowed Clearwater-Orchard to add to its lead and seal the Cyclone win.
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Clearwater-Orchard 11 17 14 25 - 67
Neligh-Oakdale 13 16 9 17 - 55