Next Stop: State
February 24, 2021
Every high school sports team works towards the same goal: state. The Wahlert girls basketball team completed this goal last night.
To qualify, the girls beat fifth-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock, 52-46, in the regional finals. This is the first time the girls’ basketball team has qualified for state since 2013. Last year when they played Waverly-Shell Rock in their second regional game, they lost, preventing them from going to state.
This year was different. Nora King, ‘23, explains how it felt to beat them in this game.
“It felt amazing, just to go back and do the things that we couldn’t do last year. It was just a great feeling overall. It was so exciting to hit those shots and get the rebounds that we couldn’t get last year,” said King.
Maya Wachter, ‘21, explains what brought them the win.
“I think we all just wanted it more. I honestly think we were pretty even teams, but our team just had a lot of heart, and we knew that this was not gonna be our last game,” said Wachter.
Going into this game, the team had high expectations. Ana Chandlee, ‘21, explains.
“Going into the game, I knew that we obviously weren’t predicted to win, so we had a lot of things to prove. It just made me want to work even harder, and I knew we could win; I knew it would be a battle, and it was, but I’m so glad we won,” said Chandlee.
The girls have been preparing for this game for the past week. Their preparation was slightly different than what they typically do for their other games.
“It was a little different because we’ve never played somebody that tall [Waverly-Shell Rock’s 6’2 post] obviously, so we had to kind of change up our game plan. We let them shoot outside shots, which was a little weird for us, but we just clogged the middle, and I think we did a good job of shutting her down,” said Wachter.
The seniors especially are proud of their accomplishment.
“It’s honestly the best feeling in the world. I’ve never been happier, and I’m so proud of everyone.” said Chandlee.
Now that they’ve qualified for state what’s next?
“I think we need to focus for our big game on Tuesday. Give 100 percent at all practices and that will carry on to the game,” said King.
The team has its first state tournament game against no. 1 seed Glenwood on Tuesday, March 2nd.