Wolfpack To Play For State Title
Date posted - March 1, 2012
The Western Wolfpack will play for the Class 2A Girls Basketball Title Friday night following a 62-54 semifinal win over defending State Champion OA-BCIG. It will be the first appearance in the finals for the Western Basketball Program. Western will meet 15th ranked Pella Christian who upset 3rd ranked IKM Manning 60-49.
The fifth-ranked Wolfpack put together an 8-0 run late in the game to take the lead and toppled the top ranked Falcons and ending their 52-game winning streak.
Brooke Wolterstorff led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Kim Kroeze added 13 points, including three key 3-point baskets in the second half. Alissa Pollema added eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals for Western Christian, which has no seniors in its starting lineup and is now 24-3.
OA-BCIG lost for the first time since the semifinals of the 2010 state tournament and finished 26-1. Morgan VanDerSloot led the Falcons with 22 points. Jessie Pauley, who’ll play at Northern Iowa next season, added 12 points and nine rebounds.
In a back-and-forth game, OA-BCIG built a six-point lead in the first half, fell behind by four in the third quarter, then rallied to pull ahead. Pauley’s two free throws gave the Falcons a 50-49 lead with 3:29 left before some clutch shooting at the line put the Wolfpack ahead to stay.
Pollema went 4-for-4 at the line, Kenzie VandeVegte sank two free throws and Kroeze fed Wolterstorff for a layup, sending Western Christian into a 57-50 lead with 1:43 to play.
Four straight free throws by VanDerSloot cut the lead to 57-54 with 1:13 remaining, but the Wolfpack hit five of eight free throws to wrap it up.
Western Christian finished 23 of 35 at the line and out rebounded OA-BCIG 41-33. The Wolfpack also had the edge in bench scoring 18-10 over the Falcons. The game was tied at 10 different points and featured 14 lead changes.
Clutch shooting and solid defense down the stretch has put Pella Christian in the Class 2A state championship game.
Sparked by Paige Engbers’ 50-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer ending the third quarter, the 15th-ranked Eagles pulled away to beat No. 3 IKM-Manning 60-49 in semifinal action.
Christina Nolte led three Pella Christian scorers in double figures with 14 points. Tayler Stursma added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Jasmin Schelhaas scored 10. Nolte went 4-for-6 from 3-point range and handed out three assists.
The Eagles started the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run and were in control the rest of the way, holding the Wolves to one field goal in the period.
Listen for the coverage of the State 2A Title Game Friday night on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame is set for 7:50 with an 8:00 O’clock tip. We’ll stream from the website as well at www.kiwaradio.com.
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