Valor Christian’s girls basketball team followed the same script that has been successful all season.
The Eagles used balanced scoring and contributions from everybody in the lineup to whip Regis Jesuit, 67-42, in the Class 5A state championship game played March 21 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.
Top-seeded Valor had four players finish in double figures as the Eagles wrapped up a 17-0 season and capture the school’s third state girls basketball title.
“I think that’s the way we’ve been all season,” said Valor coach Jessika Caldwell who started playing basketball in the area and went to Coronado High School. “We’ve had balanced scoring all the time. We’ve had people coming off the bench and making great plays.”
Valor missed its first four shots of the game and had two turnovers and Regis grabbed a 7-3 lead but a 3-point basket by sophomore Ali Wetta sparked an 11-2 spurt and coach Carl Mattei’s Raiders had a hard time keeping pace the rest of the game.
“This was a special team,” said Kindyll Wetta, a senior who has overcame two ACL tears and will be playing next for the University of Colorado. “Everyone plays with a lot of heart and a lot of hustle. We love each other, we play as a team and we want each other to succeed.
“We knew what we had to do against Regis and we executed. It’s hard to guard a team where everybody can score, everybody can pass and everybody can play defense. That’s what our team is. Everybody can contribute, and it’s hard to stop a team like that.”
It was the second win this season for Valor over Regis which beat previously unbeaten Grandview in the semifinals and was second seeded.
Kindyll Wetta scored 17 points and had 10 assists to lead the Eagles. Sister Ali Wetta had 14 points, sophomore Macey Huard had 11 points and senior Jenna Siebert had 10 points.
Valor made eight three-point shots with Huard getting three and Ali Wetta and Siebert two each.
In the Class 3A girls championship game played on March 20, cold shooting Lutheran did not play well in the closing minutes and lost, 49-44, to Platte Valley.
Lutheran held a 34-32 lead heading into the final quarter but a 10-3 run by the Broncos pushed the Lions against the ropes.
The Lions trailed 45-44 with 55.2 seconds remaining in the game but Platte Valley cashed in on six of eight free throws over the final 36.2 seconds to seal the win.
Lutheran (15-2) shot just 24 percent from the field in the first half and 34.1 percent for the game and missed twice on field goal attempts in the waning seconds.
“No, we did not shoot well,” said Lutheran coach Mark Duitsman. “It was a good game. Right now it is a little too soon for the girls to realize it was a good season.”
Stephanie Schultz had 13 points to pace the Lions while Raelyn Kelty added 11 points.
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