The Minden Whippets girls basketball team has did it. The Whippets earned their first state finals appearance in school history following their Class C-1 semifinal victory over the Boone Central Cardinals 60-54 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Whippets (22-2) advanced to the final and played the Sandy Creek Cougars (21-3) in the C-1 finals on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
Sophomore Brooke Kissinger was up to the challenge in the semifinals. Kissinger led the Whippets with 25 points including knocking down seven three-pointers. The victory for the Whippets avenged the pre-Christmas loss to the Cardinals. Kissinger tied a state record and set a new Class C-1 mark with her seven made threes on eleven attempts.
“This is awesome,” stated Minden head coach Rick Chramosta. “This has been a goal of ours since the beginning of the season and we accomplished getting to the finals. I think the girls wore that earlier game on their shoulders after getting beaten by Boone Central this season and we wanted the chance to play them again. They took it to us the first time we played and this time our team played extra hard. At halftime, we sat there knowing Boone Central would make a run. They’re competitive and we had to dig down defensively and make a stand.”
“Brooke is an awesome player,” added Chramosta. “She made seven huge three-pointers but she is also a complete player – handling the ball and running the team. We were up ten at halftime but we talked about being ready for a run from Boone Central.”
Minden ramped up its defensive intensity against the taller Boone Central squad from the opening tip. The Whippets interior defense was tremendous and the Cardinals didn’t help themselves missing several easy shots early in the game and fell behind Minden.
Kissinger set the tone for the Whippets with a three-pointer only to have Boone Central score four in row to go ahead 4-3 with 5:40 to play in the first.
The Whippet defense was stout from then on holding the Cards scoreless while Boone Central shot a paltry 5 of 23 from the floor the remainder of the first half.
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