An 8-0 fourth-quarter run tied Monday’s 2A sub-state game at 33 apiece with 1:27 left, but missed opportunities for the Immaculata Lady Raiders gave Troy the 36-33 win, ending IMAC’s season at 7-13.
The Lady Raiders found themselves down by eight with 6:18 left, following a Troy 3-pointer, but IMAC scored the next eight points of the game to tie it.
Junior Mary Kate Wolken got it started with a free throw, and then sophomore Lauren Vardiman stole the ball that led to a layup for freshman Ally Campbell, who drew a foul.
Campbell missed the free throw, but juniors Grace Parker and Ellie Wolk scored the next four points to cut the deficit to one point with 2:38 left.
Campbell led the team with nine points, while Parker scored eight. Wolk and Vardiman each added four points.
“I thought they played really well,” IMAC head coach Terry Jordan said. “Ally comes in and just adds a different gear to our offense when she’s in the game.”
With 1:27 left, Vardiman tied it up with a free throw, but missed the second. Senior Kasey Cannon seemed to save it for IMAC with an offensive rebound, but she was called for a foul.
However, Troy missed the front end of a one-and-one to give the Lady Raiders the ball back, but a steal and layup for Troy put them up 35-33 with 1:07 left.
After Troy added a free throw, the Lady Raiders had a chance with 10.6 seconds left to tie it with a 3-pointer, but IMAC was called for traveling to end the game.
“I said, ‘We need to spread the floor, come down, make one catch and we need to get the ball shot,’” Jordan said. “We make three passes and travel. We had some opportunities.”
The loss ends the Lady Raiders’ season, while Troy advances to the semifinals to face either Jefferson County North or Onaga on Thursday at Valley Falls High School.
The Lady Raiders will have all but one player back next season. Jordan said strength and shooting would be focused on during the offseason.
“First we need to get in the weight room,” he said. “That’s going to be first and foremost. We just have to get stronger. After we get stronger, we get in here and shoot.”