The Waukee Warriors played the Iowa City, West Trojans on Wednesday, March 1 in the Class 5A State Quarterfinals. The Warriors took a 40-38 loss and ended their season with an 18-5 record.
The Warriors started the game with the ball, but the first two points on the scoreboard were made by Trojan Cailyn Morgan.
Brianna Hartman came back with a field goal for the Warriors after a few possessions to tie up the score at 2-2.
The Trojans racked up 12 points before the quarter ended while the Warriors fell behind. It wasn't until the buzzer went off that Senior Carlie Littlefield made her second field goal of the game that put Warriors down just two points. The first quarter ended 12-10.
Littlefield, Hartman and Rebecca Corbett were the only three Warriors to score in the first quarter.
Both the Trojans and the Warriors only scored eight points the entire second quarter.
The eight points for the Warriors came from Kylie Coleman's first three pointer, three more points made by Littlefield and a field goal from Jori Nieman.
Littlefield was the Warriors' leading scorer for the night. She finished with 15 points after scoring four field goals, one three pointer and four free throws.
Logan Cook led the Trojans in points in the second quarter. She had eight points of her own on the board by the end of the first half. Lauren Zacharias followed Cook with five points on the half. The two had 13 of the team's first 20 points.
Cook was also the overall leading scorer for the Trojans. She had 13 points over the Warriors from her six field goals and a single free throw.
The half ended with the Trojans still leading 20-18.
"Any loss stings. It's difficult now, but it's been a great run," said Coach Chris Guess. "You have seven seniors, led by Kylie Coleman and Carlie Littlefield, they're awesome kids, you hate to see them go, but they're going to move on to bigger and better things this was just a step."
The Warriors were able to get their first lead in the third quarter.
The Warriors held the Trojans to two points in the beginning of the third quarter. Coleman, Corbett and Nieman were responsible for the Warriors eight points early in the quarter; Coleman and Corbett each had a three pointer and Nieman had a field goal.
The Warriors then gave up seven points while only putting up another four. The third quarter ended with the Warriors leading by a single point (30-29).
"I couldn't be more proud of the effort," Guess said. "Defensively we played great. I was concerned about boards coming in, but we fought like crazy, we only gave up four offensive rebounds tonight so that was a great job out of our kids."
The Warriors continued the lead into the fourth quarter, but it didn't last long.
With the Warriors leading 38-35 and just under three minutes left of the game, the Trojans shot a three pointer to tie up the score.
After several trips up and down the court and several more shots from both the Warriors and Trojans, one a minute remained. Finally a shot went in, but it was for the Trojans; the score read 40-38.
The Warriors took the ball back down the court, a shot went up, but didn't go in and the Warriors were back on defense.
It was still a couple more trips down the court before the buzzer sounded, but the score remained the same. The Trojans won the game by a mere two points (40-38).
"It was a very hard fought game and you hate to see kids disappointed, but you know, two good teams and it came down to one possession, but unfortunately it didn't go our way."
The Warriors ended their season at Wells Fargo Arena with a 18-5 record. The Trojans will move on to the semifinals after the victory.