RIVER FOREST – It's been a good year for girls sports at IC Catholic.
On the heels of the girls volleyball team's Class 2A state title in the fall, the girls basketball team earned its first ever trip to state by defeating Seton Academy 40-38 in a 2A supersectional at Concordia Monday night.
The Knights (25-6) led the entire game and held off the Sting (19-9) down the stretch. IC led 26-15 at halftime, but the Sting gradually got back into the game.
Seton guard Danielle Bailey missed an open 3-pointer that would have tied the score in the final minute of the game, but the shot was off and Grace Vitek made two clutch free throws to extend the lead. After Alfatinee Boyd drained a three with 7.3 seconds left the Knights were able to play keep away and kill the clock without being fouled.
"This has been our goal all season," Vitek said. "Me, Abby [Radoha] and Rory [Manion] have played together since freshman year and we've been dreaming of getting to state so it's a dream come true."
The senior trio led a balanced attack for IC. Vitek and Manion scored 10 points each. Radoha finished with eight points.
Manion was a key player for the girls volleyball team and now gets to go back to state for the second time this school year.
"Getting to state is amazing," Manion said. "It's something that my sisters haven't done in their high school careers for either sport so getting it for both sports in my senior year is just absolutely indescribable and awesome."