Where there's a Will, there's a way

Will Gallagher (33) holds the net after Kenesaw claimed the D1-5 district final on Feb. 27, 2018 (KHGI)

Kenesaw remained the only team in Nebraska boys prep basketball without a loss after beating Elm Creek and securing the No. 1 seed in the D1 state tournament.

Will Gallagher was a huge reason why the Blue Devils won Tuesday night.

"Personally, the last two games, last three games, I played pretty crappy, so I was looking to bring it tonight," Gallagher said.

The Blue Devil senior packed his A–game and brought it with him to the D1–5 district final with an array of options to choose from.

Offensively, he scored a game–high 21 points on a 10 for 18 shooting performance.

"I mean, they didn't really have anybody to guard our big man, Will Gallagher, so a lot of props to him, he played really well," senior Tyson Burr said.

"If they went down with help, we thought we had a plan to kind of fight through that," added head coach Jack Einrem. "We started setting picks on that bottom guy and then Will just kind of stepped up and did great things down there on offense."

It was hard for Elm Creek to defend him, and it was equally tasking to score over him. Gallagher dislodged seven shots and even took one of his own in the fourth quarter as the Buffaloes made one final charge.

"It was pretty physical. I got my lip cut up pretty good," Gallagher confirmed.

Kenesaw wisely used a timeout as they attempted to stop the bleeding on Gallagher because they knew he would be needed for the remaining 40 seconds.

When the final horn went off, Kenesaw got the honor of climbing the ladders as Queen's hit "We are the Champions" reverberated through Kearney High.

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