INDIANA GIRLS 2A STATE FINALS
March 4, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
2011-12 Class 2A State Finals Recap
March 3, 2012
The No. 1-ranked Wildcats won their first regional title in 2012. Then came their first semi-state crown. And they wrapped up a remarkable season with a 56-52 overtime victory over No. 2-rated Fort Wayne Bishop Luers for the state championship.
In a closely contested game with 15 ties and lead changes, Mater Dei pulled out the triumph with three points from Tori Schickel early in overtime and four from sophomore Maura Muensterman in the final second.
Muensterman's 12-foot jumper pushed Mater Dei ahead 54-52. She added two free throws after Luers was hit with a technical foul for calling a timeout it didn't have.
In the final seconds of regulation time, with the score tied at 49-all, Schickel blocked a shot by Luers' Brooke Ridley in the lane, extending the game.
Coach Steve Goans' Mater Dei team finished 27-1 and won its last 20 games. Three Wildcats scored in double digits. Sophomore Ashlynn Spahn, who was averaging 3.1 points coming in, led the team with 15. Muensterman scored 14 and Schickel had 11. Schickel also collected 11 rebounds.
Coach Denny Renier's Luers team finished 21-6. The Knights, who lead Indiana in girls basketball state titles (six) and championship game appearances (nine), were the defending Class 2A champs after a 2011 victory over Brownstown Central.
Miracle Woods led the Knights with 17 points and nine rebounds. Allison Butler had 13 points.
Evansville Mater Dei Coach Steve Goans
“In the third quarter, we thought we might pull away. But Luers is a great team and they kept fighting back. They didn’t get here by not being one of the best teams in the state.”
“Overtime was pretty nerve-wracking. It went back and forth. We played for the last second shot. Maura came up huge and hit that little 10-footer.”
“Luers get a lot of points off of offensive rebounds. That didn’t surprise us. Miracle Woods is an outstanding player.”
Evansville Mater Dei’s Maura Muensterman
Ashlynn Spahn on making five three-point field goals
Fort Wayne Bishop Luers Coach Denny Renier
“I just can’t say enough about the seniors on this team and what they’ve meant. For three straight years, we’ve gotten here. We’ve lost two games in overtime – those haven’t been very good. What it tells me is that these kids for three years were a fine basketball team. We could have ended up 3-0 but we lost two overtime games.”
“It’s a game and we lost. No one’s fault. We did the best we could. We just came up a little bit short. They (Mater Dei) are a good basketball team and their star beat us. We held her down pretty well but she made a great shot at the end to win it.”
On the seniors