NORMAL – The state finals didn’t go as planned for IC Catholic’s girls basketball team, but the Knights still had a memorable season and experience in taking fourth place in Class 2A.
IC lost two games at Normal’s Redbird Arena, settling for a fourth place trophy, but the Knights still went back to Elmhurst with a state trophy.
“We were very thrilled and very fortunate to have been provided the opportunity to spend some time together [last] weekend,” coach Aubree Lawrence-Schuett said.
Prophetstown beat IC 57-48 in a semifinal Friday. Grace Vitek scored 24 points and eight rebounds, and Rory Manion added 10 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
In Saturday’s third place game, IC lost a close one 32-28 to Teutopolis. The Knights led 16-12 at halftime, but ultimately fell short despite 14 points from Abby Radoha.
The three aforementioned Knights were the three seniors on the team and leave a lot behind for the program beyond the fact that they were the team’s top three scorers.
“It was hands down the best four years of my coaching career,” Lawrence-Schuett said. “They’ve left big shoes to fill, but there are incoming freshmen and underclassmen that are waiting in the wings.”