It wasn’t the outcome the Minden Whippets boys basketball team was looking for on Saturday in the Class C-1 state boys basketball championship but the boys should hold their heads up high.
At the Bob Devaney Sports Center, Minden was playing in its first title game since 1963 and was trying to earn the school its sixth state championship.
The Whippets fought to the end but lost an 11 point decision, 56-45, to the Norfolk Catholic Knights to earn runner-up honors in the finale of the 2011 state tournament.
Minden was 5-4 all-time in state title games with the last state championship for the Dawgs in 1958. The Whippets won Class B titles in 1916, 1921, 1952, 1955 and 1958.
The fifth-seeded Whippets challenged the third-seeded Knights for the first half but a big third period by Norfolk Catholic was the difference in the title game.
“The difference in the game is that in the third period we went cold, shooting 1 of 13 or 1 of 14 and they (Norfolk Catholic) kept hitting shots,” stated Minden head coach Shannon Lovin. “They are a very good team and it was only a matter of time before they would heat up and make shots.”
“I am very proud of these young men. They are great young men with a lot of character who never quit and never give up. Just a great group of boys.”
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