Published On: Wed, Mar 9th, 2011

Cedar girls pick up third-place plaques

Dana Dickes goes for the block against David City Aquinas in Saturday’s third-place game.

Lincoln — A 30-second burst made all the difference Saturday.
Cedar Catholic kept trying to rally back against David City Aquinas in the Class C2 State Tournament third-place game, but the Lady Trojans were having only limited success against the stiff Monarch defense until sophomore Emily Schrempp picked up the challenge.

Two-and-a-half minutes into the fourth quarter, Schrempp knocked down a three-pointer, swiped the ball from a David City Aquinas player, then went in for a quick layup, all within a 30-second period to bring the Cedar Catholic crowd to its feet.
Schrempp’s hustle helped the Trojans rip off a 16-2 run midway through the fourth quarter to rally past David City Aquinas 55-50 to bring home the third-place plaque.
Cedar was trailing 43-39 with just over five minutes left in the game when Schrempp hit the trey, got the steal and made the layup to give the Lady Trojans a lead they would not give up.
“Emily did a great job of coming off the bench and giving us a spark.  She is going to be a special player for us in the future,” Coach Folkers said.
Cedar started the contest off with a quick 2-0 lead thanks to Dana Dickes and her patented inside jumper. A Rachel Stara jumper and a Megan Engel charity shot gave the Monarchs a 3-2 lead. The two teams traded point for point until late in the opening frame when Aquinas put together an 8-2 run to take a 15-10 lead at the end of the first frame.
The DC offense kept it up in the second frame, starting the quarter with a 4-0 run to stretch their lead to nine points.
Cedar’s offense began penetrating the DC 1-3-1 zone after that.
“The 1-3-1 that Aquinas plays is very tough for teams to get open shots because of how long they are, so we knew we had to attack gaps and dribble penetrate and our girls did just that.,” Folkers said.
Cedar closed out the first half with an 11-2 run to erase the deficit. Tracy Peitz did the bulk of the work during the run, hitting for six points. The senior stalwart drove the lane through the defense for a lay-in at the buzzer to complete the comeback and knot the score at 21 giving Cedar the momentum back.
She ended the contest with a game-high 22 points.
“Tracy did a great job of leading this team today.  She took over, and for her to go out the way she did is awesome,” Folkers said.
Peitz combined with center Dana Dickes, who scored 12 points, to constantly put pressure on the center of Aquinas’ 1-3-1 zone.
Folkers said his team was able to overcome a hurdle that has hurt them all year long the 1-3-1 zone.
“The 1-3-1 defense all year has been giving us trouble,” he said. “Often times with a 1-3-1, people want to sit back and settle for shots. But you’ve got to attack it, and I thought our girls did a great job of doing that.”
Aquinas opened the second half with a 6-2 run, but a pair of Tracy Peitz shots put Cedar right back into it at 26-25. David City again stretched the lead to four, but this time Katelyn Dickes got the Trojans back on track, draining a three-pointer. Dana Dickes then hit a pair of foul shots to give Cedar the 30-29 lead.
The teams again traded baskets back and forth from there until Schrempp stepped up.
Timely shots weren’t the only key to the win. Solid defense was a big factor, as well.
Cedar relied on a full-court press at different times throughout the game, which forced some critical Monarch mistakes.
“We made some uncharacteristic turnovers there at the end,” Aquinas coach Joe Pipal said. “The pressure got to us a little bit, which was kind of disappointing. But that happens. (Cedar Catholic’s) a good team. They’re here for a reason.”
The state tournament was a bittersweet end to Folkers’  first year as head coach here. The Trojans will graduate eight players, including three seniors that have had considerable starting experience.
“These eight seniors will be missed.  I couldn’t have picked a better  group myself.   The success they have acccomplished, and all the hours, blood, sweat and tears, will be hard to match,” he said. “I hope the younger girls in the school see how all the hard work pays off.”
Cedar finishes the year at 20-5, while the Monarchs finish at 20-6.

Cedar    10    11    15    19—55
Aquinas    15    6    16    13 —50

Cedar – Tracy Peitz, 22; Dana Dickes, 12; Emily Schrempp, 7; Kendra Lammers, 7; Katelyn Dickes, 5; Lexi Steffen, 2. Aquinas — Connor Novacek, 19; Amanda Novacek, 16; Megan Engel, 9; Rachel Stara, 4; Emily Kobza, 2.