The Minden Whippets dream of being state champions for 2012 were dashed on Saturday by the Sandy Creek Cougars in the Class C-1 finale at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Lady Whippets were making their first ever appearance in the state finals and Minden came up just short of achieving its goal of a state championship. Sandy Creek was able to hold off Minden and their furious comeback bid in the final period to prevail 51-45.
Minden ends its season with a record of 22-3 which was a great season and it ended with a runner-up trophy in C-1 but it didn’t quench the thirst of the Whippet players dreaming of a state title and making school history.
“The kids came into the game feeling they were going to win the state championship,” stated Minden head coach Rick Chramosta. “This team has lots of confidence individually and as a team in each other. Our kids were not intimidated by Sandy Creek coming into the game and we had our chances but in the final minutes the balls didn’t bounce our way, they bounced their way.”
Minden was led in the finals by senior Hallie Bauer who ended her stellar Whippet career with a team-high 17 points on 5 of 10 shooting from the field, five rebounds and four assists. Sophomores Jamie and Brooke Kissinger both reached double figures with 10 points each. Jamie added 12 rebounds and three assists.
Also playing in their final game in a Minden uniform were seniors Carly Sitorius, Bailey Petersen, Allison Hollinger, Emily Nelson and Elizabeth Grams.
For the contest Minden shot 16 of 44 from the field and was 5 of 18 from beyond the arch for 28 percent and Minden shot 61 percent from the line going 8 of 13 from the stripe.
Minden and Sandy Creek were both cold in the first quarter as both teams were trying to get rid of the state final jitters. The Cougars opened the scoring the first period only to be tied at 2-2 with a layup finish by senior Bailey Petersen. Jamie Kissinger made her first three-pointer to put Minden ahead 5-2. Bauer made the first of her three three-pointers to give Minden an early 8-4 lead. Sandy Creek went on a 4-0 run to end the first period and go into the second quarter deadlocked at 8-8. The Dawgs jitters were evident with six turnovers, five of which were steals by the Cougars.
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