The gauntlet has been thrown down. Once again, MICDS will have a chance to move on in the Class 4 state basketball tournament. And once again, the Westminster Christian Wildcats stand in the way.
The two will clash tonight for the girl’s district title at MICDS, tipoff is 6 p.m. Plan to be there early.
On February 25, 2011 at Clayton High,Westminster came from behind to win, 56-52 spoiling MICDS’ dreams of a state title. The Rams lost just twice last year, both times to Westminster. The first loss spoiled a 15-game win streak. Westminster won that game at home 47-41.
In last year’s district championship game at Clayton, in which MICDS led at halftime by four, Kayla Armstrong led Westminster with 15 points; Delaney Hobbs had 18 for the Rams. Armstrong is still in the lineup, and Hobbs is a student at Wake Forest University.
MICDS brings a 19-5 record into tonight’s title game with a win over Villa Duchesne on Wednesday.
Somehow, the Rams must find a way to slow up the Cats’ scoring machine. Sadie Stipanovich, 6-foot-3 center scores 15 points a game. Courtney Powell is a 13 point scorer and point guard Brooke Cusumano chips in 7.4 points per game. Westminster has a lofty 23-4 record behind the coaching of former NBA star Steve Stipanovich.
Sophomore guard Emily Kyman carries the scoring load for the Rams. She is good for 12.2 points per game, and can be deadly from three-point range.
There will be no Delaney Hobbs on the court tonight. However, there should be plenty of raucous MICDS fans in the stands. The winner moves on. The loser’s season is over. The winner goes onto the next round on Wednesday at Parkway West.
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