'Indian Country really got behind our team'
Santee Warriors make it to state championships
March 14, 2023
A high school basketball team from a small reservation community in Northeast Nebraska made it to the Class D-2 state championships last week for just the second time in its school's history, only to get knocked out of the tournament by their first opponent.
The Santee Warriors entered the state championships as the No. 7 seed. For the first round, the team was pitted against No. 2 Shelton. A controversial referee call with 7 seconds left in the game ended Santee's Cinderella run, and Shelton defeated them 72-68.
Santee Head Coach Waylon LaPlante criticized the referee's decision to call a technical foul against Santee senior and his team's lead scorer Austyn Saul. With his team leading 68-67 and inbounding, Saul turned to look behind him and brushed up against a Shelton player, who appeared to throw himself to the ground with much greater force than Saul's movement seemed to warrant.