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Thousands cheer on Lincoln team in basketball final

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By: Kayla Bremer

It may be the first day of spring football practice but this marks the last day of high school girls basketball and the fans at the Class A Championship Game got quite the show.

It's been an exciting weekend for both the fans and athletes since the state tournament started on Thursday.  It was the same story the Devaney Center for the final showdown between Lincoln Southeast and Bellevue West.

Thousands of fans flooded the venue for the championship game Saturday afternoon.  The Knights took on the number one ranked Thunderbirds for the state title.

Students from both schools showed up in full force to show support for their teams.

"We all get into it so much and everybody loves coming out and supporting the girls and it's just awesome," Southeast Senior Taylor Beck said.

"It's so big and everyone gets really excited about it," freshman Ashlyn Thompson added.  "The whole school gets into it so it's a lot more fun."

The Southeast Knights have made it to the tournament six years in a row, but failed to win a championship since 2008.  Their fans say a victory is long overdue.

"It's senior year, they made it to the championship and it's just awesome and every single year we've gotten beaten out so this is awesome that we're actually here and we get to experience that for once," Beck said.

The Devaney Center was loud as students brought the noise and cheered for their team.  We even caught up with some alumni who were there to watch, decades after they once stood in the student section cheering on the Knights.

"I went to Southeast, all my kids went to Southeast, so it's just nice to come down and be part of the festivities," Deb Young said.

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