Back on the March 1-3 weekend, the Cambridge Christian teams headed southwest to Mankato to play in the Christian Athletic League Finals Tourney which annually wraps up the league members’ season. The Warrior girls, seeded No. 3 for the tourney, reached the championship match where top-seed Rochester Area Home Schools prevailed 51-42.
“Making it to the championship game was a great accomplishment for our girls. We had to beat two teams that we had lost to earlier in the year just to get through the brackets,” began CCS Coach Brian Bergman. “Our girls came ready to play. We won both of those games in convincing fashion, beating Mountain Lake 60-32 in the quarterfinals and Christian Life 60-41 in the semis. Both games were total team efforts, with all 10 girls scoring in the first game, and four scoring in double digits in the second game.”
The Warriors knew they had an uphill battle waiting for them in the finals since RAHS has seven girls on their roster ranging from 5’10” to 6’2.” CCS’ tallest player is 5’9”. RAHS has also gone three years without losing a single CAL game, mainly because they are so tall, and they know how to use their height to their advantage.
“Our girls did not back down from the challenge. They challenged every pass, and every shot. Our goal was that nothing would come easy for them, and we would try to use our speed to score quickly on our offensive end,” continued Coach Bergman. “Our defense was great. We stole the ball 24 times and blocked 8 shots. We had a hard time scoring against their height, however, and found ourselves down 27-17 at half time.”
Battling foul trouble and fatigue, the Warriors were able to cut the lead to 2 points at the 4-minute mark.
“We just could not get over the hump and soon had to start fouling to stop the clock. RAHS ended up shooting 24 free throws and making 13. We lost by 9, but it was really a closer game than that. Both teams made 19 field goals, RAHS just made more free throws than we did. Our girls absolutely played their hearts out,” said Coach Bergman.
In the three games combined, senior Ellie Werlein scored 46 points, 20 rebounds, and 17 steals. Shelby Doble scored 26 points, 19 rebounds, and 13 steals. Those two were named to the All-Tournament team and the All-Conference team.
Kristin Bergman added 26 points, 25 rebounds, 11 steals and 9 blocks, and was named All-Conference Honorable Mention. Seble Doble had a great weekend with 31 points. Caitlin Walburg scored 12 points, Kellie Pedersen added 9, and Mikayla Lecceardone 6.
The Warriors closed out a fine winter at CCS with a 22-6 overall record.