WEEPING WATER – Conestoga and Louisville had played a pair of close games during their previous two matchups on the basketball court this winter.
Thursday night’s subdistrict contest featured another down-to-the-wire finish.
The second-seeded Cougars stopped the top-seeded Lions 46-39 in the Subdistrict C1-2 Tournament title game at Weeping Water Activities Center. Conestoga created a small amount of distance on the scoreboard with a 16-12 run in the third quarter. The team maintained its lead throughout the final eight minutes.
Conestoga head coach Jahn Kile said he felt the Cougars followed their game plan throughout the evening. The team made 41 percent of its shots from the field (17-of-41) and played disciplined defense in both halfcourt and transition settings. Conestoga committed just ten fouls and limited the Lions to eight free-throw attempts in the game.
“The girls did a really nice job of battling for all 32 minutes,” Kile said. “We made shots at some pretty critical times, and I thought we played a great game on defense. The girls did everything they needed to in order for us to come out of here with a win.”
Kile said the Cougars entered the game with a large amount of motivation. Louisville had won the previous 13 matchups between the two programs. Conestoga had not defeated the Lions since a 44-27 victory on Nov. 29, 2007.
“Our girls had never beaten Louisville before in their high school careers, so they were pretty excited about this opportunity,” Kile said. “This meant a lot to them. They wanted to play well tonight, and they came out and did that the whole game.”
Sierra Kile helped the Cougars with 22 points, ten rebounds, two blocks and one assist. Gloria Izquierdo collected six points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals, and Anna Raisanen made a trio of 3-pointers during her 11-point evening. She also had two rebounds and two assists.
Autumn Hardesty generated five points, eight rebounds and three assists. Sophia Svanda tallied two points, two rebounds and three assists, and Ellie Sachs and Courtney Wagner each hauled in one rebound.
Avery Heard guided Louisville with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, four pass deflections and one block. Maia Johnson tallied three points, eight rebounds, two pass deflections and one block, and Lauryn Kalkowski secured six points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Jordan Winkler posted three points, four boards and two assists, and Meagan Mackling ended the evening with five points, three assists, two steals and one rebound. Julie Katz produced two points, two rebounds and one steal, and Olivia Zahn collected three points, two rebounds and one steal.
Louisville finished its season 19-7. The Lions collected 19 or more victories for the third straight campaign. Katz and Maddy Sladky were the team’s two seniors.
Conestoga (19-5) will square off with Auburn (20-4) in the District C1-1 Final on Friday, Feb. 23. The Cougars and Bulldogs will tip off at 7 p.m. at Syracuse High School. The winner will secure a spot in the Class C-1 State Tournament.
Conestoga 10 8 16 12 – 46
Louisville 9 8 12 10 – 39
Hardesty 2-5 1-2 5, Wagner 0-2 0-0 0, Izquierdo 2-9 2-2 6, Kile 8-17 4-6 22, Svanda 1-1 0-0 2, Raisanen 4-7 0-0 11, Vogler 0-0 0-0 0, Sachs 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-41 7-10 46.
Winkler 1-8 0-0 3, Mackling 2-8 0-0 5, Katz 1-7 0-0 2, Johnson 1-5 1-2 3, Heard 6-12 5-6 17, Kalkowski 2-6 0-0 6, Zahn 1-4 0-0 3, Jacobsen 0-0 0-0 0, Pollock 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-50 6-8 39.