Subsection 3AA-North Finals
LC-WM 54, YME 50
It was a great game.
It was a great game, even though our favorite team didn’t win. Second place might feel hollow now, but it was a great game.
Yellow Medicine East takes an eight point lead in the first half. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial comes back to tie the game going into halftime. Then LC-WM goes up by eight in the second half. And Yellow Medicine East comes back to take the lead.
The final minute: YME with just seconds between them and the Section 3AA finals, holds a narrow lead. LC-WM ties the game with a dagger three.
Then YME tries to bring the ball back up the court. Loose ball goes out of bounds at roughly mid court. Referees confer. Fans in the Redwood Falls gym lean forward, waiting. It’s taking too long for the final decision to be good news. Cougar ball. Sting seem to deflate.
LC-WM cashes in the game winner and—after another desperate fight for another lose ball—keeps YME from their final shot and their miracle. For one team the season ends.
But, boy, what a game.
“I’m sad,” said YME head coach (and father to senior forward Kylie Jans) Scott Jans the next day. “Everybody loses sometime, but the sadness that me and the girls have is because this is over. I’ve been with them since fourth grade. It hurts. It hurts a lot more than just having them for two years. They’re special to me.”
The Sting and eight seniors finish the season 16-10.
In this final game, senior Angie Scheffler scores the one-thousandth point of her career on her way to 19 points and six rebounds. Senior Courtney Hinz leads all-scorers in the game with 22 points and adds another 10 rebounds. Senior Emily Baker collects 11 rebounds and seven steals.
“I’m sure I’ll watch it. I can’t now, I just don’t have the stomach to watch it,” said Jans about reviewing the last game of this season. “But I’ve had a lot of people comment that it was an outstanding game... That’s what people want to see in a Subsection Championship.”
And it was a great game.
That should be enough. And those that were there will always remember it as such. The joy of seeing effort and skill maximized and tested when fueled by emotion.
But the record of the event will read simply: The YME girls basketball team's season came to a close on Monday in Redwood Falls as the No. 3-seeded Sting fell 54-50 to No. 1 Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in the Section 3AA-North title game.
What a great game it was.
LC-WM (25-4) 24 30 — 54
YME (16-10) 24 26 — 50
LAKE CRYSTAL-Wellcome Memorial
Team stats: 17-51 FG (4-12 3-pt); 16-20 FT; 30 rebounds; 14 fouls
Scoring: Breanna Denn 10, Heather Hohenstein 5, Karina Schroeder 19, Megan Schroeder 4, Becca Norgren 2, Tara Roeloffs 14 3-point shots: Denn 1, Hohenstein 1, Roelofs 2 Rebound leaders: K.Schroeder 9 Assist leaders: Denn 3, M.Schroeder 3 Steal leaders: Denn 5
YELLOW MEDICINE EAST
Team stats: 18-54 FG (2-9 3-pt); 12-16 FT; 31 rebounds; 17 fouls
Scoring: Dani Aus 3, Courtney Hinz 22, Jennessa Hoffman 2, Emily Baker 4, Angie Scheffler 19 3-point shots: Aus 1, Hinz 1 Rebound leaders: Baker 11, Hinz 10 Assist leaders: Baker 4 Steal leaders: Baker 7