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Keri Bauer (10) of Pleasanton shoots a jumper at practice (KHGI)

A nearly decade long state tourney drought for Pleasanton girls' basketball has finally come to an end.

The Bulldogs have punched their ticket to play in Lincoln for the first time since 2009.

"Biggest thing we've learned is it just comes down to heart and desire," said senior Keri Bauer. "Pushing each other wanting to go as far as we can."

Pleasanton not only advancing to the elite eight, but doing so in style as the No. 1 overall seed in D1 with only one loss to speak off, going 23-1 through districts.

"We'll we talked about believing at the beginning of the year and dreaming big like the Huskers said, you know why not us," head coach Randy Bauer said. "That's kind of what we talked about early, and the girls worked hard and took it one game at a time."

This comes a year after Bauer took over the program, revamping the style in the teams practice and restoring their mentality to compete.

"A lot of times we'll do an inner team scrimmage thing and we'll say there’s 30 seconds left, and you're down by two and you have to work your way up to win the game," said Megan Fisher. The Bulldogs were taken to overtime by Blue Hill in the D1-5 final last week before winning, 58-54.

Pleasanton got through an extremely challenging subdistrict with four of the top-15 wildcard point leaders all grouped into one bracket. Ansley-Litchfield was also in there and they’re the six-seed this week, while Overton missed out on state at No. 8.

The Bulldogs drive to its first ever state championship opens up against Hitchcock County, Thursday, 9 a.m. at Lincoln Southwest.

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