Second ranked Manson Northwest Webster outscored third rated Odeboldt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove 11-2 to close the game in a 40-31 victory in a 2A semifinal. The Cougars earn their first trip to the championship game and avenged their only regular season loss in the process.
Cougars forward Lauren Christianson says they wanted to beat Battle Creek and send them home. She led the way with 13 points. Manson-Northwest Webster lost a year ago in the semifinal round.
Christiansen says advancing to the title game is everything they’ve dreamed up through all their practicing and work.
Odebodlt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove coach Pat Miller says the Cougars size advantage was a factor down the stretch. He says htey knew rebounding was going to be tough, but he is proud of their effort and where they ended up.
Mount Vernon is a victory away from being number one when it counts. The unranked Mustangs moved into the 2A championship with a 47-38 win over Roland-Story. Taylor Dicus says to be in the championship game is a great honor and they came out with a lot of energy. She says they made some adjustments at halftime and that allowed them to win the game.
Dicus finished with 13 points for Mount Vernon. She has no idea why the Mustangs are unranked despite their 24-3 record. Dicus says it’s just nice to be here and they don’t care if they are not rated.
Maddie Oliver led Roland-Story with 20 points and 15 rebounds. The Norsemen finish the season with a record of 25-2. She said no one expected them to be here and they are proud of the way they played this season.