WAHOO – The Weeping Water girls dimmed the scoring lights of Guardian Angels Central Catholic throughout their district final Friday night.
That effort nearly helped the Indians collect an electric victory over the Bluejays.
Guardian Angels Central Catholic held off Weeping Water 34-27 in the D1-2 District Final at Wahoo High School. The defending Class D-1 state champions needed a late-game surge to reach the state tournament for the 22nd time in school history. GACC won Class C-2 titles in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 and D-1 championships in 2012 and 2017.
Weeping Water matched the Bluejays stride for stride in the opening quarter. The Indians sank several baskets and led 10-8 after eight minutes. GACC responded with a stretch of solid defense to take a 17-13 halftime edge, and Weeping Water countered that threat with a 9-6 run in the third period. The third-quarter sequence created a 23-22 ballgame with eight minutes to go.
Guardian Angels Central Catholic secured the state berth with a combination of late baskets and free throws. The team ended the contest with an 11-5 scoring sequence.
Angela Jansen led GACC with 12 points and seven rebounds. Lexis Haase posted seven points and four rebounds and Hanna Knobbe added six points.
Weeping Water’s defense held GACC to its third-lowest point total of the season. Bishop Neumann had defeated GACC 57-24 and Boone Central/Newman Grove had won a 42-31 game earlier in the year. Guardian Angels Central Catholic had scored 60 or more points against ten opponents during the winter.
Grace Cave guided Weeping Water’s offense with 18 points. She added five rebounds, three blocks, two assists, two steals and two pass deflections.
Sammy Thomas generated 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal, and Katrina Thomassen tallied four points, one rebound and one assist. Brianna Lawson posted two points, one assist and one pass deflection, and Peyton Barrett had three points, seven rebounds, one steal and one pass deflection. Brogan McDonald chipped in one pass deflection.
Weeping Water finished its season 17-9. The Indians earned the second-most single-season victories in school history. The 2011-12 team’s mark of 19-7 ranks first on Weeping Water charts.
The 2017-18 squad helped Weeping Water tie the best two-year stretch in program history. The Indians won 17 games this season and 15 the previous winter. Weeping Water also won 32 combined games in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns.
McDonald, Thomassen, Thomas and Kelly Patton were the team’s four seniors. They helped the Indians secure 50 victories during their four-year careers.
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 8 9 6 11 – 34
Weeping Water 10 3 9 5 – 27
Guardian Angels Central Catholic (34)
Hunke 0-3 1-2 1, H. Knobbe 2-3 1-2 6, Plagge 1-4 0-2 2, Jansen 5-10 2-2 12, Haase 2-9 3-7 7, Doernemann 1-1 0-0 2, Rief 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 13-39 7-15 27.
Weeping Water (27)
McDonald 0-2 0-0 0, Barrett 1-11 0-0 3, Thomassen 1-6 1-3 4, Cave 6-17 4-6 18, Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Lawson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 9-41 5-9 27.